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National & World National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Entertainment

Entertainment Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal Accuser of 'X-Men' director seeks case dismissal
A former child model accusing "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii said he wants to dismiss the lawsuit - not because it lacks merit but because he can't find a new attorney to represent him.

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YouNews rare cloud formation rare cloud formation
we saw this cloud formation south of salem late afternoon. i remember a weather channel show that showed clouds like these (strangest weather on earth). I never thought i would see them in person.

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KATU Investigators Friend of murdered mother: 'I just pray that justice is served' (Video)
The 21-year-old mother who was pregnant with her second child was shot twice in the head while sleeping in her apartment Sunday, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office Tuesday. A close family friend also provided touching new details about Herring's life to the On Your Side Investigators.
KATU Investigators Department of Defense gave 9 counties in Oregon, Washington military weapons (Video)
The Ferguson Police Department used surplus military weapons from the Department of Defense when it clashed with protesters over the death of an unarmed teenager. The On your Side Investigators started digging and tracked hundreds of surplus military weapons to Oregon and Washington too.

Around the World

National & World Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more.
National & World Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

Sports

Sports Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis knows hoops, too
Fans have lined the grassy hills beyond the playing field at the Little World Series to see Mo'ne Davis. The concession stands have sold out of the powder-blue T-shirts of her Mid-Atlantic team.

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 It's dance party Sunday! It's dance party Sunday! (Video)
Click "play" on the video for a dance party sent to us by Aids Walk Portland. The walk will be held Sept. 6.

Your Life, Your Style

Politics Democrats reframe debate on health care (New) 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 Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson (New) Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson
The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in an election year by taking a stand or proposing new policy.
Politics Citizen panel opposes Oregon's top-two ballot measure Citizen panel opposes Oregon's top-two ballot measure
The voters on the Citizen Initiative Review panel heard arguments from both sides this week. After deliberating, they voted 14-5 to oppose Measure 90. Their findings will appear in the official voter's guide.

Extras

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 (New) Gadget Watch: Get ready for the thermal selfie
Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.
Technology Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists
SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.

Politics

Politics (New) 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.
Politics Oregon campaign for legal pot announces $2.3M in TV ads
The campaign behind an Oregon ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults said Monday it will buy $2.3 million worth of television advertising in what is shaping up to be a lopsided debate.

Business

Business McDonald's names new US president again
McDonald's named a new president for its struggling U.S. division on Friday, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.
Business Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.

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