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Local Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride
All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on an hour-long bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.


Entertainment Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend Suge Knight to stay in Vegas jail through weekend
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight had a traffic warrant reduced to a parking ticket but may remain in a Las Vegas jail at least through the weekend following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case.


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Local Cannabis in the Classroom (New) Cannabis in the Classroom
She's the one woman who knows better than anyone in Oregon what legalizing recreational marijuana will bring in your kid's classroom. Tonight on KATU News at 6, On Your Side Investigator Anna Canzano gets exclusive insight about the impact of legalization if Oregon voters pass Measure 91.
Local Oregon, Alaska now ground zero in legal marijuana fight
From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.
Local Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.
Local 4 missing hikers on Larch Mountain found safe
The sheriff’s office said one of the hikers called his mom at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday to tell her they were lost. He said the group is composed of three teens and a woman in her 20's. Search and rescue teams found them safe last night.


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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Sports 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 Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP
The 25-year-old Bumgarner capped off a most splendid October and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

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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 OK-Go's new music video goes viral OK-Go's new music video goes viral (Video)
A new music video by the American band 'OK Go' has gone viral. The band is famous for their videos with optical illusions and domino-effects. Their new video is shot in one take, using a specialized drone and a Segway-like vehicle. CNN's Will Ripley got a closer look at its creative process.
Home Lava inches closer to homes Lava inches closer to homes (Video)
A river of molten lava is bearing down on the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's big island -- reaching the properties of two homes nearest to the Kilauea volcano. The lava advancing between 5 and 20 yards per hour. The flow is edging closer as officials are powerless to divert or stop its path, and the remaining residents are on high alert. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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Politics Oracle tells lawmakers lawsuit is a waste of money Oracle tells lawmakers lawsuit is a waste of money
In a letter sent last week to Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, Oracle CEO Safra Catz hints that the Legislature should pull funding for the lawsuit.
Politics Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents
Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.
Politics 1 in 5 Oregonians have returned ballots 1 in 5 Oregonians have returned ballots
One in five Oregon voters have returned ballots with one week left before the Nov. 4 deadline, according to the latest figures from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.


KATU Investigators UO task force recommends 23 ways to prevent sexual violence UO task force recommends 23 ways to prevent sexual violence
The Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support wants to immediately suspend plans to expand Fraternity and Sorority Life, saying the Greek system and athletics are where multiple studies show a prevalence of sexual violence.

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Technology WhatsApp founders own nearly $9 billion in Facebook stock
WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their unprofitable messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.
Technology Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking
Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.
Technology Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots
The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.


Politics Portland Parks Replacement Bond hot topic for November ballot (Video)
"I feel like we all benefit from the parks wherever they are."Voters will decide whether to approve a Parks Replacement Bond November 4th. The City of Portland Parks commissioner says the priority for the parks department is improving neglected neighborhoods in the city.
Politics House Republicans make liberal use of Obama in ads
House Republicans rolled out late-campaign attack ads tying Democrats to an unpopular President Barack Obama on Tuesday as the chief executive embarked on a round of travel to boost gubernatorial candidates in a half-dozen states.
Politics Watch Oregon's Great Pot Debate (Video)
KATU and Portland State University hosted an at times raucous town hall on Measure 91 on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The measure would legalize and regulate marijuana in the state of Oregon. Voters will decide the measure Nov. 4.


Business U.S. economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in 3rd quarter
The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.
Business FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula
Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

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