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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.

Wolf pack is 1 attack near limit for kill order

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state's unique rules.

2,100 Oregonians have to switch health coverage

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 2,100 Oregonians will have to re-enroll in health care because they were incorrectly enrolled either in Medicaid or in a commercial health plan by the state.

Port of Vancouver to lease railcars for crops

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has signed a deal to start hauling agricultural goods from North Dakota to the West Coast in rail cars that otherwise would come back empty after transporting supplies for the oil industry.

Two plead guilty to murder in informant killing

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors in Polk County, Oregon, say two men have pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the kidnapping and killing of a police informant last December.

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Judge won't stop water for Klamath salmon

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California's Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

AstroGraph for August 27, 2014

It’s time to pull together the knowledge and expertise you have acquired over the years and find a way to put it to good use. Let go of uncertainty and doubt, and trust in your skills. Any challenges can be conquered if you don’t let situations fester.

Everyday Cheapskate: Would you like to know the truth about extended warranties?

Recently I stopped into Toys “R” Us to get a little something for Eli. Yes; I am one of those grandmothers. We found the cutest toy shaving kit, just perfect for bath time. The price was under $10. At check out, and without missing a beat, the sales clerk inquired if I would like to add an extended warranty for just $4.79. Seriously. I laughed. She winced. I apologized, but really, I couldn’t help it.

Ask Dr. K: Is there a link between obesity and lack of sleep?

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently saw a headline that said children who sleep less weigh more. Is that true? How much sleep should my preschooler and first-grader get each night?

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Fill the Boot raises over $10,000

Firefighters from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue, Dallesport and Murdock fire departments raised $10,613 in "Fill the Boot" campaign Friday, Aug. 22.

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A huge chip on their shoulders

The Dalles football team has right attitude in place for a solid fall campaign

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HAVEN video wins national Telly award

Video spotlights community role

CGCC pursues tech center

College seeks $7.5M financial match

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Third doctor dies from Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

For the record, Aug. 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 27, 2014.

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.”

Weekly recreation reports, Aug. 27

Weekend fishing opportunities and links to full Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports for the Willamette, Central, Columbia, Northeast and Southeast zones.

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Biologist: New collar for wolf OR-7 no easy matter

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Biologists trying to put a new GPS tracking collar on Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, could be camping out in the southern Oregon Cascades for weeks before they are successful.

20 years: man wounded friend, shot self in groin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It wasn't the first time Joseph Johnson III had shot someone, but his decision to stuff a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun down the front of his pants as he fled had dramatic consequences.

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