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Bee results awaited

PORTLAND (AP) — The mystery of the dead honeybees in Clackamas County will take a little longer to solve. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it collected dead bees from four locations to screen for pesticides, but has yet to test them because the lab is backed up with other projects. Agency spokesman Bruce Pokarney told the Statesman Journal newspaper that tests results might be ready within the next couple of weeks.

Jihadis destroy ancient mosque

BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah.

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Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.

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Hospitality U aims for service

Training can help with tourism and customer retention, says chamber head

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Carroll reopens The Dalles’ Chocolate Lab shop

The Chocolate Lab has reopened its store at 214 Washington St. after a temporary closure for remodeling and to get a second store up and running in Hood River.

Word on the street: Stay cool, stay warm and honor business

Button up that overcoat: It may only be July, but this is a good time to consider what can be done for a business or a home to keep the winter cold (and the summer heat, for that matter) at bay and power bills at a minimum.

What's happening from July 23

Nonprofit events calendar from July 23, 2014.

Arlington Chamber hosts annual car show July 26

The Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Arlington Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show Saturday, July 26.

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Community School seeks books

New project aims to promote community literacy

Gorge panel seeks halt to oil trains

The gorge commission has asked for a moratorium on all new coal and oil transports through the gorge until a risk analysis is done and measures are in place to avoid derailments and provide mitigation should they occur.

City considers ship docking fee

Flat fee would redeem operating costs

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Shaniko Butte fire sees rain gain

Authorities watch for lightning-sparked fires as fuel dries.

Shaniko Butte Fire update; 75 percent contained

The Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain on Tuesday afternoon from a thunderstorm that also produced a powerful display of lightning and thunder. 900 strikes were detected on and near the Warm Springs Reservation. Firefighters will be on the lookout today and throughout the week for possible “sleeper” fires from lightning strikes that begin to show up when the fuels start drying out.

Hillsboro hit by pastry prankster

HILLSBORO (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 — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

Eugene hosts IAAF World Junior championships

Trayvon Bromell is making bold predictions for the junior world track championships this week.

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