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Local Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana
WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) - On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

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Local Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana
WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) - On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

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Offbeat Legal fight centers on recipes of 'M-A-S-H' hot dog eatery Legal fight centers on recipes of 'M-A-S-H' hot dog eatery
Ownership of secret recipes and ingredients from an Ohio restaurant made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is at the center of a legal dispute between a grandson of the original owner and the current ownership group.
Offbeat Privately owned Texas town drops 'Bikinis' name Privately owned Texas town drops 'Bikinis' name
Bikinis, Texas, is no more. The privately owned town in rural Gillespie County has reverted to Bankersmith, the name it had before it was bought by an Austin restaurateur whose chain requires waitresses to wear bikinis.

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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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Local (New) Newcomers Henderson, Plumlee, Vonleh introduced by Blazers
On the first day in his new NBA city, Gerald Henderson was asked Monday about his impressions of Portland. Before he was able to answer, Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey mentioned the city's recent naked bicycle race.

Investigators

KATU Investigators 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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National & World Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment (New) Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment
Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone.

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Travel & Outdoors

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 Summer camp for adults! Summer camp for adults! (Video)
Think summer camp is just for kids? Think again! Adults are reliving their nostalgic summer camp days, and some are getting to experience it for the first time. CNN's Rachel Crane reports.
Home Beach lifeguards using drones to watch for sharks Beach lifeguards using drones to watch for sharks (Video)
The recent shark attacks in North Carolina that left two swimmers missing limbs -- have many beach-goers a little nervous. A California beach lifeguard unit is taking to the sky, with quad-copter drones to watch for sharks and keep swimmers safe. As Stacey Butler shows us, this aerial approach is already showing results.

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Politics Since 1981, Bush paid an average tax rate of 36 percent (New) Since 1981, Bush paid an average tax rate of 36 percent
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush earned $7.4 million in 2013 and has paid an average federal income tax rate of 36 percent over the past three decades, according to tax returns released by his campaign on Tuesday.

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Technology

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 Legislature looks to speed up traffic on highways
Slow-poke drivers in passing lanes on Oregon freeways would sometimes have to make way for motorists with heavier right feet under a bill approved Monday in the state Senate.

Business

Business Consumer confidence index climbs to 101.4 in June
Consumer confidence showed a solid gain in June following a modest increase in May, supporting the view that strong job gains are giving a boost to the overall economy.
Business Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage
They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many workers they supervise.

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Entertainment NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired (Photo Gallery)
NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.