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YouNews Giant Pumpkin Plant Takes Root Giant Pumpkin Plant Takes Root
It started off as a small seed that was dropped;
and it is turning in to a very large plant.

This monstrosity is looking like something you would see in a tropical rain forest.

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National & World (New) Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC
Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.

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Sports US prevails in 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany
The United States went on to beat Germany 2-0 on a penalty kick from Carli Lloyd and a late goal from Kelley O'Hara, erasing Johnston's fear that she had cost her team the game and sending the Americans to the title match of the Women's World Cup.
Sports US-Germany semifinal features world's top goalkeepers
The Women's World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo.

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Travel & Outdoors $700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge (Photo Gallery)
A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels, reconnecting floodplains and other actions meant to boost salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by hydroelectric dams.
Travel & Outdoors Trail drawing upsurge of hikers seeking a "Wild" adventure
Build a trail from Mexico to Canada, and a trickle of hardy souls will see if they can cover it, pushing through parched desert, driving rain and sky-high fields of snow. Let Hollywood glamorize the trail a half-century later and the masses will arrive, prepared or not.

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Home Meet Quasi Modo, the 'World's Ugliest Dog' Meet Quasi Modo, the 'World's Ugliest Dog' (Video)
The newly crowned "World's Ugliest Dog" was dogged by fans snapping photos as she took a victory lap around New York City. Not only has she become a media darling, but as Jeanne Moos reports, the ugliest mutt has a makeover in her future.
Home Mayor tries to stop would-be thieves Mayor tries to stop would-be thieves (Video)
The mayor of Jeffersonville, Indiana can add another title to his name: crime fighter. The mayor caught a group of teens trying to break into his garage and stepped in to stop them. Janelle MacDonald reports.

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Politics Emails show top officials aware of Clinton's private address Emails show top officials aware of Clinton's private address
Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department late Tuesday night.
Politics Backers of Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery Backers of Bush nonprofit include banks, schools, lottery
Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed for the first time Wednesday, highlight the intersection between Bush's roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he began running for president. Bush provided the names to The Associated Press.

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KATU Investigators Family says apt. complex wants them to pay for handicap-accessible curb Family says apt. complex wants them to pay for handicap-accessible curb (Video)
A Gresham family claims their apartment complex wants them to pay to install a handicap-accessible curb near their home, denying what's called a request for reasonable accommodation. A representative for WPL Associates tells KATU News they are "adamant" that they never denied the family's request.

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Technology Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'
Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity.
Technology Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music
Some recording-technology experts say this super high-res format — known by its 192 kHz, 24-bit technical specs — is pricy digital overkill, an oversized "bit bucket" that contains sounds only dogs or dolphins can truly enjoy.
Technology Need to hit friends up for cash? There's an app for that
Person-to-person mobile payment services like PayPal-owned Venmo are catching on as a way to bypass searching for an ATM or splitting a bill on multiple cards when the dinner check comes. And they're particularly popular among millennials.

Politics

Politics Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills
Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
Politics Legal marijuana opponent 'appalled' with implementation of Measure 91 (Video)
Even though the countdown is almost over to legal recreational marijuana in Oregon, state lawmakers are still dealing with two key pieces of legislation that set the rules for retail sales. Both bills are expected to pass, much to the dismay of one of the state's most vocal opponents of legal marijuana.

Business

Business U.S. unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat
U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.
Business Whole Foods apologizes for pricing problems
Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.
Business U.S. factory orders fell 1 percent in May
Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month.

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