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Oregon refuges report: Some rehab work is a bear of a job

MERLIN (AP) — As David Siddon strolls past the cougar enclosure at Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center toward the bear pens, his voice alerts Yak, and the 22-year-old, 800-pound grizzly bear trots to the gate to meet him.

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Dancing despite the fear

Transgender people face harassment and abuse in Pakistan

Pot-related poison control calls up in Wash., Colo.

SEATTLE — Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children.

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Trial of Goldendale woman delayed

ASTORIA (AP) — The trial of a Washington state woman charged with drugging and killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal resort has been put off a year.

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Greeks favor radical left before vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely-watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s international bailout, is poised to defeat Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservatives. To govern — in a historic first for the Greek left — it may need the backing of a smaller party, but most seem willing to oblige.

What's happening from Jan. 25

Nonprofit events calendar from Jan. 25, 2015.

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Ladies Who Lunch

Group has met too many years to remember

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images — or holograms — in daily life.

For the record from Jan. 23

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 23, 2015.

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Ukraine rebel offensive looming

DONETSK, Ukraine — Signs emerged Friday pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. A rebel leader said they will continue to fight and won't join further peace talks — but left unclear whether they would respect this week's agreement to pull back heavy weapons from the front line.

What's happening from Jan. 23

Nonprofit events calendar from Dec. 23

More Democrats could help voter registration bill

Secretary of State Kate Brown is hopeful odds have improved to licensed drivers to voter rolls

Wasco County’s Dec. health vote challenged

Citizen files records request

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Odor raises public concern

Eliminate smell, not jobs, testify many

Portland agency to serve Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties

A Portland based in-home care company has added a branch in Hood River, and will be serving The Dalles, Hood River and surrounding areas. Helping Hands Home Care NW president Toby Forsberg said in a press release, “In a growth industry with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made sense to add a branch in the communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

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