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Entertainment Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in defamation case
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

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YouNews Camping at Clear Lake on Mt. Hood Camping at Clear Lake on Mt. Hood
Ran across this guy on his 3 wheeled recumbent bike. He rode from Warm Springs to Clear Lake then camped overnight and off to Portland the next day.

His bike has an electric assist motor running off two small, 7 lb batteries. Cool Bike!

And no need to comment further on the beautiful lake.

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National & World Ukraine official: Rebels lay mines near plane crash site
International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.
National & World Broken water main floods UCLA; 5 people rescued (Photo Gallery)
A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of campus in water, including the school's famed basketball arena.
National & World Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection
Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil liberties groups, the White House and Republicans.

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Sports NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules
The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.
Sports ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse
ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack.
Sports Valeri lifts Timbers past Impact, 3-2
Diego Valeri broke a tie in the 82nd minute and the Portland Timbers held off Montreal 3-2 on Sunday night to extend the Impact's losing streak to five games.

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Home Robot hitching cross country all by itself (New) Robot hitching cross country all by itself (Video)
Your parents told you never to pick up hitchhikers, but this is an exception. A robot is trying to hitchhike across Canada by himself (herself or itself?) It's called "Hitchbot" and its creators started its journey by leaving him on the side of the road. CNN's Jeanne Moos has more on his journey.
Home Y'all want to get rid of my accent? (New) Y'all want to get rid of my accent? (Video)
If you have a southern accent -- would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"? The Oak Ridge National Laboratory was going to offer a speech class for it's workers to do just that. But enough people complained at the lab -- to get it canceled for good. Cameron Taylor has more.

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Politics Gov. Kitzhaber issues oil train safety review Gov. Kitzhaber issues oil train safety review
Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a statewide review of oil train safety that calls for an increase in state rail inspectors, more funding for training, and improved reporting and transparency.
Politics Class size initiative makes Washington ballot Class size initiative makes Washington ballot
The Secretary of State's office has certified that a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has enough qualified signatures to make the November ballot.

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Weather Blog Long range forecasts maintain generally warm pattern through February Long range forecasts maintain generally warm pattern through February (Photo Gallery)
For much of late winter and spring, the message has been the same by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center: Expect a warmer than normal summer.

So far, July is delivering, with several days of 80s and 90s around the Pacific Northwest, and even a few triple digit days east of the Cascades.

Portland is just one spot in the region, but it's a whopping 2.5 degrees above normal so far.

And the forecast for this week brings a return of more warm-to-hot weather to finish off the month!

So what about August? Those same long-range forecasts suggest more of the same. And September. And October. And November. And...see a theme developing?

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Technology Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone
Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.
Technology FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless
It's a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company's estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit.
Technology Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist
Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that.

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Entertainment 'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop
he long parade of tourists who regularly stop by the downtown Las Vegas shop featured on the History Channel reality show "Pawn Stars" could soon have something better to do while waiting in line.