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Business As U.S. job market strengthens, many don't feel it
The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. Yet for Douglas Hunter and millions like him, happy days aren't quite here again.

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YouNews Camping at Clear Lake on Mt. Hood Camping at Clear Lake on Mt. Hood
Ran across this guy on his 3 wheeled recumbent bike. He rode from Warm Springs to Clear Lake then camped overnight and off to Portland the next day.

His bike has an electric assist motor running off two small, 7 lb batteries. Cool Bike!

And no need to comment further on the beautiful lake.

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National & World Investigators finally reach Ukraine jet crash site (New) Investigators finally reach Ukraine jet crash site
As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

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Sports NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules
The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.
Sports ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse
ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.
Sports Valeri lifts Timbers past Impact, 3-2
Diego Valeri broke a tie in the 82nd minute and the Portland Timbers held off Montreal 3-2 on Sunday night to extend the Impact's losing streak to five games.

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Home Lobster saved by social media (New) Lobster saved by social media (Video)
A lobster managed to dodge a dinner plate thanks to one woman's Facebook campaign. She saw the lobster, which had rare coloring, at a Publix and decided to save it. Jason wheeler reports.
Home Teen amputee trains for MMA fights (New) Teen amputee trains for MMA fights (Video)
Some of the best mixed martial artists train in New Mexico. Many of them compete at the highest levels of MMA. But World Championships will probably not impress you the way one Albuquerque teen will. Orlando Sanchez introduces us to a kid who's gained the respect of the fighting community, without the use of one arm and both legs!

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Politics Gov. Kitzhaber issues oil train safety review Gov. Kitzhaber issues oil train safety review
Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a statewide review of oil train safety that calls for an increase in state rail inspectors, more funding for training, and improved reporting and transparency.
Politics Class size initiative makes Washington ballot Class size initiative makes Washington ballot
The Secretary of State's office has certified that a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has enough qualified signatures to make the November ballot.

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Weather Blog Long range forecasts maintain generally warm pattern through February Long range forecasts maintain generally warm pattern through February (Photo Gallery)
For much of late winter and spring, the message has been the same by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center: Expect a warmer than normal summer.

So far, July is delivering, with several days of 80s and 90s around the Pacific Northwest, and even a few triple digit days east of the Cascades.

Portland is just one spot in the region, but it's a whopping 2.5 degrees above normal so far.

And the forecast for this week brings a return of more warm-to-hot weather to finish off the month!

So what about August? Those same long-range forecasts suggest more of the same. And September. And October. And November. And...see a theme developing?

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Technology

Technology (New) Samsung earns $6.1 billion, shares plunge
Samsung earned $6.1 billion last quarter but investors were dissatisfied, sending its share price down 4 percent. The panoply of numbers in its earnings report for the April-June quarter show why.
Technology Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky '3-D pen'
- 3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things.
Technology Twitter's 2nd quarter results soar, stock flies high
The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

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Business

Business (New) U.S. stocks slump as earnings disappoint
U.S. stocks slumped Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing corporate earnings reports and assessed the implications of the approaching end to economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

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Entertainment Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.