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NW wildlife refuges phasing out bee-killing pesticide

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii are phasing out pesticides similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators.

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Bakery bandits: Hillsboro cars smeared with maple bars

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — There's mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn't involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we're talking pastry here — smeared maple bars, doughnuts left atop car windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

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Cooler weather aids crews fighting Wash. fire

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

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Man trying to unload gun shoots fellow passenger

WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — Police in Woodburn say a 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the back, the victim of an apparently unintentional shooting.

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Buzzard Complex fires cover almost 400,000 acres

Here's Monday's update on the Buzzard Complex of wildfires that have blackened nearly 400,000 acres of southeast Oregon rangeland The latest increase comes from better mapping of the fires that are now 75 percent contained by more than 1,400 firefighters.

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Tributes pour in for former Ore. Gov. Vic Atiyeh

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's Republican governor from 1979 to 1987 who shepherded the state through a deep recession in the early 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman says.

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Algae health alert issued for Odell Lake

A health advisory was issued Monday due to high levels of blue-green algae in Odell Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath County, about 31 miles southeast of  Oakridge.

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Custody fight starts car chase between parents

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A custody dispute sparked a high-speed chase between a mother and father in southern Oregon.

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Medford police searching for arson suspect

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say three fires lit on Saturday morning in Medford were likely arson, bringing a total of 17 arsons in the city since late June.

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Prison official embroiled in ethics probe retires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The deputy director of the Oregon prison system has announced his retirement while a state ethics commission is three months into a six-month investigation of his conduct.

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