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Offbeat Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town
Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.

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YouNews "Summer Finally Got Here" car show "Summer Finally Got Here" car show
The band playing all the 50's and 60's music was Aspen Meadows, a local group.

They were very good and there were dancers, both male and female on stage dressed in 50's outfits. Many of the young ladies wore "poodle skirts".

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Local & Regional

Local (Updated) Deception Complex jumps lines, residents prep to evacuate near Oakridge (Photo Gallery)
The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

Investigators

KATU Investigators Mom alleges students read erotic literature with school iPads (Video)
A mother in Forest Grove said she made a shocking discovery when she browsed through her daughter's school iPad - issued from Neil Armstrong Middle School - and found erotic literature. It's the same school the On Your Side Investigators revealed was linked to cyberbullying issues after students breached the iPad security system.

Around the World

National & World Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution
An Oklahoma death row inmate who died following a problematic execution succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him, an autopsy report released Thursday says.
National & World Phone call data may alter Malaysia jet search area
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.

Sports

Sports After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans
NFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Sports USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue
Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors 5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes 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 Ice Bucket Challenge montage Ice Bucket Challenge montage (Video)
All of the staff here at KATU have had fun participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while raising awareness for a good cause. Watch this video for all of the chilly highlights.
Home Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease (Video)
Over the past few weeks thousands of people have been participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. For Fred Nelligan his experience with ALS has been learning to live with the disease over the last several years.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics Oregon close to triggering 'kicker' rebates Oregon close to triggering 'kicker' rebates
For the third time this year, economists revised their revenue forecast upward, leaving it just $27 million shy of the kicker threshold.
Politics Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers
Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."

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Weather Blog The science behind the smell of rain The science behind the smell of rain
Ever notice there's a distinct smell right after it starts raining?

It's most noticeable when it's been dry for a long while and the shower is fairly heavy. My wife, who grew up in Arizona, referred to this as the "wet rock" smell and there is some truth to it as it's rock that's among the main culprits for giving off the smell.

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Technology

Technology Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
Technology Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event
Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.

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Business

Business Pending U.S. home sales rise in hopeful sign
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, a sign that buying has improved as mortgage rates have slipped, the number of listings has risen and the rate of price increases has slowed.
Business Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown
Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.
Business Abercrombie shares tumble as teens turn elsewhere
The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. tumbled Thursday after reporting weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere.

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Entertainment Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchor
Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight.