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Local Streetcar, van crash on West Burnside
Traffic on West Burnside at the scene is down to one lane in each direction. Police said at about 9 p.m. officers were awaiting for a crane to arrive and lift the street car back onto the tracks, and it will likely be three more hours before the train is cleared.

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Offbeat 2 California counties ask to form separate state 2 California counties ask to form separate state
Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Technology (New) Ecuador heralds digital currency plans
Ecuador is planning to create the world's first government-issued digital currency, which some analysts believe could be a first step toward abandoning the country's existing currency, the U.S. dollar, which the government cannot control.
Technology (New) Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters
Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the "Pokemon" and "Legend of Zelda" leading men, the starting line-up will include Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Samus Aran, Kirby, Fox McCloud, Marth, the "Wii Fit" Trainer and the Villager from "Animal Crossing."

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Business (New) Stock market edges higher in afternoon trading
U.S. financial markets inched higher in light trading Friday afternoon, recouping small losses from earlier in the day. Investors weighed reports that gave a mixed picture of the U.S. economy and better-than-expected company earnings
Business Japan stocks lead Asian declines after weak data
Tokyo stocks led declines in most Asian markets on Friday after Japanese economic data showed that the region's second biggest economy is struggling to recover from a sales tax hike.
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.

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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.