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Jury deliberates in man's trial in Texas student's slaying

Jul. 19, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The jury has ended its first day of deliberations in the capital murder trial of a 20-year-old man accused in the slaying of a University of Texas student on campus in 2016. The jury began deliberations Thursday in the trial of Meechaiel Criner, who was a 17-year-old foster care...

Oregon wheat farmers try to stop fire that's consuming crops

Jul. 19, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years. Farmers used water tanks on the backs of pickup trucks and tractors to...

The Latest: Body found near homeless camp in in Oregon fire

Jul. 19, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Oregon (all times local): 4 p.m. Authorities found a man's body inside the perimeter of a wildfire in Oregon and are trying to determine if he died before or during the blaze. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the man was found near a...

Youths hope for trial against US government in climate case

Jul. 19, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A potential landmark lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of youths in Eugene says the plaintiffs' rights have been violated by federal government actions that contribute to climate change. Attorneys for the youths, known as the Climate Kids, filed the lawsuit against the government in...

Man sentenced to 12 years for shooting at Oregon party

Jul. 19, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Fresno, California, man has been sentenced to 12 ½ years in federal prison after firing more than 20 rounds into a crowd at the Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeastern Oregon. Prosecutors said Thursday that 23-year-old Victor Contreras opened fire in March 2016 after...

Family of victim in Oregon club shooting seeks $3.6 million

Jul. 19, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The family of a man fatally shot at a Salem strip club seeks $3.6 million in a lawsuit against the club. The Statesman Journal reports that relatives of Darryl Jones claim the owners of Stars Cabaret provided lax security by failing to ban known gang members and failing to screen patrons...

House candidate under fire skips Bend council meeting

Jul. 19, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An empty seat in the center of the Bend City Council dais highlighted Nathan Boddie's absence as his colleagues learned their rules would prevent them from publicly scolding him for allegedly groping a young woman and attacking her credibility. The council meeting Wednesday was the first...

Oregon man accused of murder in beating of elderly father

Jul. 19, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been charged with murder in the death of his 77-year-old father. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Shaun Maki reported in March that his father was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home they shared. The critically injured...

Man sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to assault

Jul. 19, 2018 9:51 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to more than three years in prison in a case of an assault in a bathroom at Linn-Benton Community College. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Prosecutors charged Benjamin Leland Bucknell, of Corvallis, with attempted murder, second-degree assault and...

1 dead as latest fire portends explosive Northwest season

Jul. 18, 2018 10:44 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fast-moving fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest killed one person, forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency Wednesday. The flames near the city of The Dalles started Tuesday and expanded Wednesday...