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Local Drought takes $2.7 billion toll on California agriculture
The record-breaking drought in California — brought about by a severe lack of precipitation, especially mountain snows — has exacted a $2.7 billion toll on the state’s economy because of agricultural losses, researchers said Tuesday.
Local Oregon wildfire outlook: normal until July
Oregon is expected to see above-normal wildfire danger starting in July, and fire seasons imposing restrictions on open burning are starting in the southwestern corner of the state.

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Sports Browns coach dismisses Manziel bottle-throwing incident
Browns coach Mike Pettine is defending quarterback Johnny Manziel, saying he's unhappy with outside chatter about Manziel's relationship with the team following a rehab stay and a minor confrontation with a fan.
Sports American Pharoah owner paved path of bold bets
Ahmed Zayat boldly spends big bucks buying and betting on horses, and brags about how successful he's been at everything he's set out to accomplish.

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Travel & Outdoors What's happening this year at Crater Lake National Park
Major road and parking lot improvements, a possible Sister City agreement with China, the Crater Lake Lodge's 100th anniversary, the National Park Service's 2016 Centennial, expanded vehicle-free days and creation of a possible Crater Lake symphony are among many projects at a busy Crater Lake National Park slated for this season.

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Travel & Outdoors Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids Jet boats provide family fun on Snake River rapids
Hells Canyon might be God's best-kept hideaway if you're a hiker seeking solitude, a fit hunter pursuing game or an angler hoping to catch smallmouth bass, steelhead and sturgeon until your arms are numb.

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Technology Hollywood dipping toes into virtual reality worlds
Once seen as a tool for alien-blasting gamers, movie studios, television producers and artists are now adopting the technology, which immerses people in faraway realms using bulky goggles, house-sized domes, and smartphones.

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Politics Congress sends NSA phone-records bill to president
Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency's disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands.
Politics Oregon universities pledge tuition limits if lawmakers hike funding
University administrators have spent most of the year pushing aggressively for a two-year budget of $755 million, which they say would restore their funding to roughly the level it was at in 2007 without adjusting for inflation. Their funding request is $85 million more than legislative budget writers initially proposed.
Politics Is Senate 'inaction' making us less safe? (Video)
The U.S. Senate failed to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act before the June 1 deadline. That means the sun set on several National Security Agency domestic surveillance programs – at least for now.

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Entertainment Lawyers get more time in fight over Robin Williams' estate
Robin Williams' wife and children have resolved differences over how to split up thousands of the late actor's personal items, but they remain at odds over some clothing and money to maintain one of his homes, attorneys said at a court hearing Monday.