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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.

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.

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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Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington

SEATTLE — The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery.

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Elephants enjoy ‘Club Mud’

PORTLAND — As work continues on the Oregon Zoo’s expansive new Elephant Lands habitat, one thing is as clear as mud: Elephants — especially young elephants — love to wallow in the sticky stuff.

Mud, slides trap drivers in Wash.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Mud, slides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain falling on wildfire-scarred areas of north-central Washington damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded motorists, officials say.

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