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Local Deception Complex jumps lines, residents prep to evacuate near Oakridge (New) Deception Complex jumps lines, residents prep to evacuate near Oakridge (Photo Gallery)
The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.

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Local (New) Deception Complex jumps lines, residents prep to evacuate near Oakridge (Photo Gallery)
The highly-active Deception Creek fire escaped some containment lines Wednesday, spreading nearly a mile away from some homes along Highway 58. Willamette National Forest officials issued a level 2 evacuation for some residents near Westfir, which asks people to get ready to leave their homes.
Politics Oregon close to triggering 'kicker' rebates
For the third time this year, economists revised their revenue forecast upward, leaving it just $27 million shy of the kicker threshold.
Local 2 plead guilty to murder in police informant killing
Prosecutors in Polk County, Oregon, say two men have pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the kidnapping and killing of a police informant last December.

Entertainment

Entertainment Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchor Diane Sawyer exits as ABC evening anchor
Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's "World News" on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the "home port" of the network's news team each weeknight.

Offbeat

Offbeat Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town Laid-back Colo. burg to become Bud Lite's 'Whatever' town
Some people in normally laid back Crested Butte are not up for "Whatever" - a secretive Bud Lite plan to paint their mountain town blue and turn it into a fantasy town for an online and television ad campaign.
Offbeat Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart Soggy start: Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart (Photo Gallery)
Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... except when it rains.

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YouNews "Summer Finally Got Here" car show "Summer Finally Got Here" car show
The band playing all the 50's and 60's music was Aspen Meadows, a local group.

They were very good and there were dancers, both male and female on stage dressed in 50's outfits. Many of the young ladies wore "poodle skirts".

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Local & Regional

Local Judge won't stop water for Klamath salmon
A federal judge has denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California's Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.
Local Police: Man violates custody order, could be leaving U.S. with 4 children
Officers said they are looking for a man who may be taking his four children from their mother, who has custody in Eugene. Police said Torata Tanaka, 40, could be taking two girls, ages 10 and 3, and two boys, ages 8 and 6, to Canada or possibly back to his native country of Japan.

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KATU Investigators Mom alleges students read erotic literature with school iPads Mom alleges students read erotic literature with school iPads (Video)
A mother in Forest Grove said she made a shocking discovery when she browsed through her daughter's school iPad - issued from Neil Armstrong Middle School - and found erotic literature. It's the same school the On Your Side Investigators revealed was linked to cyberbullying issues after students breached the iPad security system.

Around the World

National & World 'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting 'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting
Police who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha struck and killed a crew member with the "Cops" television show and the suspect, who was carrying a pellet gun, authorities said Wednesday.
National & World Deadly shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns
All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

Sports

Sports USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue
Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.
Sports Fantasy league explosion spawns big-dollar industry
When lawmakers carved out an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 law targeting online poker, no one predicted that it would spawn an online gambling operation that may someday rival the millions wagered daily in Las Vegas sports books.

Travel & Outdoors

Travel & Outdoors 5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes 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 Ice Bucket Challenge montage Ice Bucket Challenge montage (Video)
All of the staff here at KATU have had fun participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while raising awareness for a good cause. Watch this video for all of the chilly highlights.
Home Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease Behind the bucket: Raising awareness for ALS disease (Video)
Over the past few weeks thousands of people have been participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. For Fred Nelligan his experience with ALS has been learning to live with the disease over the last several years.

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Politics Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers
Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."

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Weather Blog The science behind the smell of rain The science behind the smell of rain
Ever notice there's a distinct smell right after it starts raining?

It's most noticeable when it's been dry for a long while and the shower is fairly heavy. My wife, who grew up in Arizona, referred to this as the "wet rock" smell and there is some truth to it as it's rock that's among the main culprits for giving off the smell.

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Technology

Technology Twitch turns video games into spectator sport
Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."
Technology Study: Social media users shy away from opinions
People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Politics

Politics Democrats reframe debate on health care
President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of repealing.
Politics Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core
Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.

Business

Business U.S. economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014
The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
Business Low-budget Ryanair launches business-class
European budget carrier Ryanair is offering business-class tickets in an attempt to woo companies and governments during penny-pinching times.
Business Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters
Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers.

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