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S. Oregon firefighter on break dies in fall

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon firefighter has died in a fall while on break from a wildfire in the southern Cascade Range.

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Oregon public pension finances looking better

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A report on Oregon's public pension system says curbing retiree benefits and higher-than-expected investment returns have eased the pressure on rates that governments pay.

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Police: Woman vanished after buying snacks, pills

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say a 38-year-old Dundee woman vanished last week after withdrawing a small amount of money from an ATM, fueling her SUV and buying a Gatorade, trail mix and a non-lethal amount of sleeping pills

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Fourth missing Ethiopian athlete found in Wash.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A University of Oregon Police Department spokesman says the last of four missing Ethiopian athletes who went missing during the World Junior Championships has been found.

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Clark County to ask voters on 3rd Columbia bridge

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — With a 2-1 vote, Clack County commissioners have approved placing an advisory vote on November's ballot to gauge public interest on a third bridge over the Columbia River.

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Sheriff won't provide escorts in labor dispute

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County sheriff has declined a request to escort state grain inspectors past picket lines in a long-running contract dispute between a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal and a union.

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Ore. grand jury: officer's deadly force justified

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County district attorney's office says a grand jury has found that an officer's fatal shooting of a Reedsport man was justified.

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Walden, House vote for Species Act reforms

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act, which supporter Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said would make "common-sense reforms" to the Endangered Species Act.

Oregon Islamic charity pleads guilty to tax fraud

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Oregon says an Ashland-based Islamic charity has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a plea agreement entered Monday.

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State fines company for trench collapse

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A state agency has fined Gresham plumbing company for two serious violations after a worker was injured when a trench collapsed in March.

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