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Politics Oregon House OKs bill to allow workers to discuss wages
House lawmakers narrowly passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting employers from punishing employees who ask other employees about what they are paid, part of a package of bills designed to close the wage gap between male and female workers.
Local Portland woman released from East Timor jail is on her way home
An American traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released by the government of that Southeast Asia country and has boarded a plane to begin her trip home, a U.S senator from Oregon said late Monday.

Entertainment

Offbeat

Offbeat Canadians 'Spocking' the image of ex-minister on $5 bill Canadians 'Spocking' the image of ex-minister on $5 bill
The death of actor Leonard Nimoy last week has inspired people to post photos on social media of marked-up five-dollar Canadian banknotes that show former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to resemble Spock, Nimoy's famous "Star Trek" character.
Offbeat Snowy Boston starts removing parking-space savers Snowy Boston starts removing parking-space savers (Photo Gallery)
Bostonians have another reason to be steamed about this winter of epic snow: The city is starting to remove the lawn chairs, milk crates, orange cones and other stuff that people set out in the street to reserve the parking spaces they've dug out.

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YouNews Freeway rollover Freeway rollover
I was driving right out of downtown going towards Salem and got caught in traffic this morning due to a small pickup that rolled over closing the two left lane's.

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Local & Regional

Local Washington House readies its version of pot-market overhaul
With the state Senate passing a bill to regulate medical marijuana, Washington's House of Representatives is preparing its own version of a pot-market overhaul, one that could cut prices at licensed recreational stores

Investigators

KATU Investigators 'Puzzling' stickers found at school revealed to be marketing stunt 'Puzzling' stickers found at school revealed to be marketing stunt (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When stickers were found plastered over Portland high schools, which linked to a website with a mysterious countdown, students and parents raised concerns with district leaders. Their concerns gained traction once they learned Portland Police launched an investigation.
KATU Investigators 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.

Around the World

National & World Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path
In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.

Sports

Sports Jameis Winston has predraft meeting with Buccaneers
Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft.

Travel & Outdoors

Top Video

Home Man builds neighborhood luge track Man builds neighborhood luge track (Video)
A Pennsylvania man is celebrating winter and giving back to his community. For the third year in a row, he's turning his backyard into an icy carnival ride. Keleigh Gibbs checked out the fun.
Home Stranger pays for bride's wedding dress Stranger pays for bride's wedding dress (Video)
A Utah bride-to-be is giving thanks to the total stranger who paid for her wedding dress. She learned of the surprise as she went to pay for her dress. Felicia Martinez reports

Your Life, Your Style

Politics 'Your Voice, Your Vote': The Kitzhaber saga continues 'Your Voice, Your Vote': The Kitzhaber saga continues (Video)
Nigel Jaquiss, a reporter at KATU’s news partners at Willamette Week, and KATU’s Hillary Lake join host Steve Dunn to discuss the lawsuits surrounding Oregon’s failed Cover Oregon, those personal emails Kitzhaber’s office asked to be deleted from state servers and the investigations into him and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.

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Technology

Technology Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

Politics

Politics OLCC tackles how to regulate medical, recreational pot
The agency in charge of implementing Oregon's legal marijuana program said Friday that medical and recreational pot should be subject to the same tracking and testing systems if they're to be sold in the same retail outlets.
Politics GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS
The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East.

Business

Business U.S. auto sales up in February despite snowy weather
Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales in February, but most automakers still reported gains thanks to the strong economy.
Business CEO group: Trade deal would increase hiring in U.S.
Top business executives are pressing Congress to give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate international trade deals, citing the potential for increased hiring in the United States and greater competitiveness for their companies overseas.
Business In shifting economy, shops aim to please N. Korea consumers
Business with a hint of capitalism isn't new in North Korea. What's new is that, in a very real nod to the marketplace, a chain of state-owned stores is now fine-tuning their business strategy to actually give consumers what they need.

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