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Local Taking Halloween too far? Taking Halloween too far? (Video)
From the perspective of passers-by, it looked like a limp body with a rope around its neck. Several drivers stopped and took photos of it.

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Local (Updated) 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.
Local Taking Halloween too far? (Video)
From the perspective of passers-by, it looked like a limp body with a rope around its neck. Several drivers stopped and took photos of it.
Politics 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.
National & World Rocket explosion setback for commercial space (Photo Gallery)
Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Local Deaf Montesano councilwoman demands new interpreter
The City Council meeting in Montesano was forced to recess minutes after it started Tuesday night when a council member who is deaf said she could not understand the sign language interpreter.

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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 Police: Poison likely killed Utah family of 5
A Utah couple and their three children found dead in their home last month were likely poisoned, their bodies found together in a locked room with cups next to each of them, and empty bottles of methadone and nighttime cold medicine in a trash can.
National & World Nurse says she plans to end voluntary quarantine
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday that she plans to stop quarantining herself in her home in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her movements and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine.

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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.
Technology Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay a success
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.

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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

Business Small business divided over minimum wage votes
Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.
Business Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying
The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels.
Business Amazon opens 3 logistics centers in Poland
Ahead of Christmas, popular U.S. online retailer Amazon has opened three logistics centers in western Poland, completing a network that covers the European market.

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