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Wash. authorizes shooting wolves preying on flock near Spokane

A rancher and state wildlife officials working to herd a flock of 1,800 sheep away from the site of recent wolf attacks in southern Stevens County today received authorization to shoot wolves that approach the flock.

USFWS launches ESA status review for greater sage-grouse, seeks information

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that it is initiating its formal status review of the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by requesting information from a broad array of state and federal agencies and tribes.

Parasite-driven disease hits Klamath salmon hard, found to lesser degree In Columbia basin

Some spring Chinook salmon adults returning to the Willamette and Deschutes river basins have been found to be infected by Ceratomyxa shasta (c. shasta), a parasite-driven disease that is contracted by the fish while in the river and that can kill adults before they spawn.

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Fall Chinook salmon counts at Bonneville bounce up and down; ocean, Buoy 10 fishing hot

Fall Chinook returns are slowly beginning to grow, tribal fish sales are open.

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Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment to its health act, imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient, a practice the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.

Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.

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Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire

DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.

Naked flagpole climb; woman gets mental evaluation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they've sent a 34-year-old woman to a hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building.

Vigil for woman slain at Portland-area apartments

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Dozens of people attended a vigil Wednesday evening for a woman who was found stabbed to death at the suburban Portland apartments where she had just started a new job.

High court suspends lawyer in priest-abuse case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has handed a 90-day suspension to a Salem lawyer accused of ethics violations for the way he allocated settlement money to victims of alleged sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.

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Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.

Jumbo ship, dock parts expected on lower Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A heavy-lift vessel transporting the parts for a $50 million dry dock will be a striking sight this weekend as it makes its way up the Columbia River to Portland.

Woman set reservation fire to give friends work

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that 23-year-old Sadie Renee Johnson of Warm Springs pleaded guilty in May to one count of starting brush and timber on fire, and is to be sentenced Sept. 3.

Police: Ore. man died after fight outside 7-Eleven

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police say a 23-year-old man who died Wednesday after being found unconscious in a downtown alley had been in a fight earlier that morning.

Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America Inc. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.

Pink Martini band member Rieth found dead

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Oregon, band Pink Martini has been found dead.

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Thompson, Townsend earn praise

Both coaches awarded 40-year plaque by Oregon Athletic Coaches Association

For the record, Aug. 22

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 22, 2014.

Court rules against state in health-benefits case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that damages to be paid to part-time state employees who were wrongfully denied health benefits must take into account more than actual out-of-pocket costs.

Convicts get better access to DNA tests

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for convicts to obtain DNA testing that could prove their innocence.

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