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Local Support grows for Portland immigrant taking sanctuary at church Support grows for Portland immigrant taking sanctuary at church (Video)
A community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago continues to seek sanctuary in a Portland church as authorities try to deport him. Now the church community and others are rallying in his support.

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Local Support grows for Portland immigrant taking sanctuary at church (Video)
A community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago continues to seek sanctuary in a Portland church as authorities try to deport him. Now the church community and others are rallying in his support.
Local Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat
Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.
Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.

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Entertainment Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him
Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.
Entertainment 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds
One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.

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Local Natural gas leak briefly closes Highway 99W
Police in the Dundee, Oregon, area southwest of Portland say a highway was temporarily closed and traffic disrupted after a backhoe apparently severed a 2-inch natural gas service line.

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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 No images of Hong Kong protests in China's media No images of Hong Kong protests in China's media
China's government has cut off news about Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests to the rest of the country, a clampdown so thorough that no image of the rallies has appeared in state-controlled media, and at least one man has been detained for reposting accounts of the events.

Sports

Sports Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.
Sports Jordan Zimmermann throws 1st Nationals no-hitter
Jordan Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter for the Washington Nationals, the gem preserved when Cascade High School native Steven Souza Jr. made a diving catch in left field for the final out in a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins in a regular-season finale Sunday.

Travel & Outdoors

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 Lucky swimmers have whale of a time Lucky swimmers have whale of a time (Video)
Two Gold Coast adventurers in Australia have had a rare close encounter with humpback whales off South Stradbroke Island. Seven Network Australia with the story.

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Politics Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term
Jeff Merkley, who was chosen by the Democratic Party establishment over a liberal activist in his first run for U.S. Senate, makes an unlikely hero for the party's left wing.
Politics GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race
Looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby burst onto the political scene with a splash last year. Now that voters are paying closer attention, the Oregon Republican is fighting to keep her campaign afloat.
Politics Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.

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Weather Blog Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon
This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.

Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.
Weather Blog Passing rain shower costs Minnesota pitcher $500,000 Passing rain shower costs Minnesota pitcher $500,000
I'm sure we've all had times where a rain shower has ruined a picnic, or perhaps turned your commute into a trip rivaling Wagner's "The Ring" for length of time.

But I'll bet it's never cost you a cool half million dollars!

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Technology

Technology Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.
Technology Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.
Technology Airlines look for an edge in weather-radar systems
As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.
Technology A Closer Look: Stream-box gaming is a mixed bag
As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory.

Politics

Politics Reserve your free tickets today!
Portland State University and KATU-TV are bringing you Oregon’s Great Pot Debate on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Politics Groups launch campaigns on GMO labeling in Oregon
In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs.
Politics Minor party candidates make case to be Oregon governor
Three minor party candidates for governor got a chance to make their case as they shared the stage with Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson for a debate in Eugene.

Business

Business Contracts to buy US homes slide in August
Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in August, suggesting that real estate sales will remain sluggish over the next few months.
Business US consumer spending up 0.5 percent in August
Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year.

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