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Local Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer.
Local Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

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Local Oregon man gets 30 years in Christmas bomb plot
A young Somali American was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb Portland's downtown square while it was filled with holiday cheer.
Local Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.
National & World US Ebola patient said he was from Liberia
The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States told relatives that he notified health care workers the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting the U.S. from Liberia, the man's sister said Wednesday.

Entertainment

Entertainment Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him Morgan: 'Can't believe' Wal-Mart blaming him
Tracy Morgan said Tuesday that he "can't believe" Wal-Mart's assertion that he and others were partly to blame for their injuries in the highway crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one of his friends.

Offbeat

Offbeat Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons
The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

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Local Everyday Heroes: Junki Yoshida’s million-dollar donation (New) Everyday Heroes: Junki Yoshida’s million-dollar donation (Video)
Junki Yoshida is well known around here. And when you think of his name, you think of his company’s sauces and his charismatic personality. But he’s also a philanthropist and recently gave a big check to Mt. Hood Community College as a way of giving back.
Local Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat
Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

Investigators

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 Secret Service chief resigns after security lapses
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after bitingly critical questioning by Congress about a White House security breach. There had been increasing calls for her departure during the day.

Sports

Sports Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs (New) Steinbrenner apologizes for missing playoffs
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner apologized Wednesday for his team's failure to make the playoffs for a second straight year and said New York is talking with general manager Brian Cashman about a new contract.
Sports Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge
Police arrested Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials say he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

Travel & Outdoors

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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Home Lucky swimmers have whale of a time Lucky swimmers have whale of a time (Video)
Two Gold Coast adventurers in Australia have had a rare close encounter with humpback whales off South Stradbroke Island. Seven Network Australia with the story.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics California becomes first state to ban plastic bags California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
Politics Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term
Jeff Merkley, who was chosen by the Democratic Party establishment over a liberal activist in his first run for U.S. Senate, makes an unlikely hero for the party's left wing.
Politics GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race
Looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby burst onto the political scene with a splash last year. Now that voters are paying closer attention, the Oregon Republican is fighting to keep her campaign afloat.

Extras

Weather Blog Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon Awesome time lapse video shows the power of the desert monsoon
This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.

Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.
Weather Blog Passing rain shower costs Minnesota pitcher $500,000 Passing rain shower costs Minnesota pitcher $500,000
I'm sure we've all had times where a rain shower has ruined a picnic, or perhaps turned your commute into a trip rivaling Wagner's "The Ring" for length of time.

But I'll bet it's never cost you a cool half million dollars!

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Technology

Technology Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers
Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Delaware.
Technology Microsoft skips Windows 9, next OS to be Windows 10
Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.

Politics

Politics Gov. Jerry Brown signs California gun restriction
California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.
Politics Reserve your free tickets today!
Portland State University and KATU-TV are bringing you Oregon’s Great Pot Debate on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Politics Groups launch campaigns on GMO labeling in Oregon
In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs.
Politics Minor party candidates make case to be Oregon governor
Three minor party candidates for governor got a chance to make their case as they shared the stage with Gov. John Kitzhaber and state Rep. Dennis Richardson for a debate in Eugene.

Business

Business U.S. construction spending down 0.8 percent
U.S. construction spending fell in August, the second decline in the past three months, with housing, non-residential and government projects all showing weakness.

Entertainment News

Entertainment 2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds
One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.