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National & World Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on
President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside - Ebola.

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National & World Obama switches gears, confronting Ebola head on
President Barack Obama delayed acting on immigration and an attorney general nomination this fall to dodge the politics of the midterm campaign season. But there was one topic he could not push aside - Ebola.
Local U of O announces $2 billion fundraising campaign
The University of Oregon is offering two new scholarships to students who have worked hard through high school. If you qualify, the money is automatically awarded to in-state students.
Local Calif. man charged in 14-year-old Oregon girl's disappearance
The San Francisco Bay Area man accused of bringing a 14-year-old girl he met online back to his home traveled to Oregon with his daughter to pick her up and had met her once before, when the two had a sexual encounter, federal authorities said.

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Offbeat Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar Drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar
One is a building with bars. The other is a building with a bar. A very drunk woman apparently had trouble telling them apart and ended up in a southwestern Michigan jail cell.

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Local Mayhem erupts near pumpkin fest in New Hampshire
Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend Sunday after violent parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries.
Local Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found
After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence.

Investigators

KATU Investigators Protecting the program: 'Lives have been destroyed due to the negligence of U of O administrators' Protecting the program: 'Lives have been destroyed due to the negligence of U of O administrators' (Video)
A three-month examination by the On Your Side Investigators found that the timing of the University of Oregon’s internal investigation of alleged sexual assaults by three basketball players was consistently beneficial to the team’s APR.

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National & World CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team
Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.
National & World Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts
Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few days later.

Sports

Sports Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster Royals dependent on 3-headed bullpen monster
Buck Showalter knew he was in trouble when the seventh inning rolled around and his Orioles were trailing the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series.
Sports Troopers called as school football game turns ugly
A melee erupted on the sideline of a high school football game on Saturday, with the visiting team's coach accusing a home team assistant coach of choking a player, bringing the game to an early end. State police were called to ensure order as the teams and fans left the field.
Sports Any hope for NFL's bottom feeders?
For all the excitement over the rise of the Cowboys, improvement of the Browns and impressive performances by the Chargers, the NFL also is weighed down by some very weak teams.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors Nez Perce Trail siting gets another look Nez Perce Trail siting gets another look
The Nez Perce Trail running from Wallowa Lake to 40 miles from the Canadian border in Montana commemorates the months-long flight for freedom of Chief Joseph and his people. This fall, the U.S. Forest Service invites public comment on the siting of the 1,700-mile trail.
Travel & Outdoors 5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes (Photo Gallery)
So far, summer in Seattle has brought us lots of hot days and clear skies: The perfect recipe for hiking. Watching (or swimming in) a waterfall is one of the best ways to end a hike, especially when it’s sweltering. Here are five of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes to enjoy this summer.

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Home The first 3-D printed rocket powered plane The first 3-D printed rocket powered plane (Video)
A web site's readers want to see just how high they can fly a model airplane. So they've built one using a 3-D printer and crowdfunding, and they're planning to launch it, with a toy pilot, from the New Mexico. CNN's Jim Boulden got a look at the plane.
Home Artist uses National Mall as his personal canvas Artist uses National Mall as his personal canvas (Video)
if you visit the National Mall in Washington this month, you may notice a very special piece of art on display, but the size and location of this unique canvas may surprise you. Polo Sandoval has the story.

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Politics Kitzhaber embattled as he seeks 4th term Kitzhaber embattled as he seeks 4th term
A year ago, John Kitzhaber looked invincible. But Kitzhaber's pedestal began to fracture last October under the weight of the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website.
Politics Big donor backs Oregon open primary measure Big donor backs Oregon open primary measure
A Houston billionaire who has given $1.5 million in support of a ballot measure to change Oregon's primary election system says the proposed format is one of the few solutions to lessening dysfunction in Washington, D.C.

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KATU Investigators Kitzhaber continues to deny fiancée blurred personal, professional lines Kitzhaber continues to deny fiancée blurred personal, professional lines (Video)
In the latest gubernatorial debate, incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber maintained that his fiancée did not use her position as first lady to land contracts for her private consulting company. Kitzhaber also maintained that his office established a "rigorous" review of her professional contracts to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.

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Technology

Technology Facebook unfriends federal drug agency
Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.
Technology FBI director warns against cellphone encryption
FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push bytechnology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or anencrypted hard drive.

Politics

Politics 2 complaints filed over Oregon governor's fiancee
The Oregon Republican Party and a GOP state lawmaker have filed complaints with a state ethics panel over the role Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee has played in his administration.
Politics Monsanto gives $2.5 million against GMO labeling
Biotechnology giant Monsanto is ramping up its spending toward trying to defeat a November ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods in Orego

Business

Business Market turmoil: A gift for mortgage refinancers?
The opportunity emerged from the tumult that seized financial markets and sent stock prices and bond yields tumbling. Rates on long-term mortgages tend to track the 10-year Treasury yield, which fell below 2 percent for the first time since May 2013.
Business What's been happening in markets this month
On Sept. 18, the U.S. stock market reached a record high after a mostly uneventful summer. Long-term interest rates headed higher, a sign that investors expected steady U.S. growth. A widely watched measure of volatility in the U.S. stock market was near its lowest level of the year, and European markets were heading higher after a nasty downturn over the summer. The price of crude oil was declining, but nothing like the sudden plunges that would come weeks later.
Business What's next after wild week for stocks?
Temperamental, flighty, prone to violent mood swings, the market took investors on a wild ride this week. From one day to the next, even within a few hours, stocks swung from despair to optimism, deep losses to big gains.
Business General Motors' legal chief to retire next year
General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year.

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