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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, the Pac-12 logo is displayed on the field at Sun Devil Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. As the wealthiest conferences  like the Pac-12 lay out plans they hope will protect athletes from contracting and spreading COVID-19, most of the schools in the second-tier of Division I football have given up on trying to play in the fall. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Pac-12 football plans remain in holding pattern

Sep. 16, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

The Pac-12 took a significant step toward joining the Big Ten in playing football in the fall, getting clearance to hold full-fledged practices from the states of California and Oregon. Early Wednesday, the Big Ten grabbed headlines by changing course and agreeing to set an an eight-game football schedule that...

President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a briefing at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on the western wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

Sep. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states' Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it's not as simple as blaming either climate change or the way land...

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

Oregon Governor Kate Brown toured the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore., Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2020, where she spoke with volunteers and evacuees. Brown also toured the animal facility where evacuated animals are being kept. Fires along Oregon's Cascade Range grew Saturday, but at a slower rate than earlier in the week. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool)

Smoke chokes West Coast as wildfire deaths keep climbing

Sep. 12, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Wildfire smoke that posed a health hazard to millions choked the West Coast on Saturday as firefighters battled deadly blazes that obliterated some towns and displaced tens of thousands of people, the latest in a series of calamities this year. For people already enduring the coronavirus...

Firefighters with Vandenberg Air Force Base, light a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire at Limekiln State Park in Big Sur, Calif,. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Latest: Three more found dead in Northern California blaze

Sep. 12, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 6:45 p.m. CHICO, Calif. — Search and rescue workers found three more bodies in the rubble of a Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll in that fire to 12 and total deaths in the state's recent blazes to 22. Butte County Sheriff Kory...

A firefighter shoots an incendiary device during a back burn  to help control the Dolan Fire at Limekiln State Park in Big Sur, Calif,. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

'There was no fighting this fire,' California survivor says

Sep. 11, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

BERRY CREEK, Calif. (AP) — John Sykes built his life around his cabin in the dense woods of Northern California. He raised his two children there, expanded it and improved it over time and made it resilient to all kinds of disaster except fire. So when the winds started howling Tuesday and the skies...

Derek Trenton from Talent, Ore. salvages some items at his parents home as wildfires devastate the region, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 in Talent, Ore. (AP Photo/Paula Bronstein)

Dozens missing as firefighters battle two large Oregon fires

Sep. 11, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters battled two large wildfires Friday that threatened to merge near the most populated part of Oregon, including the suburbs of Portland, and the governor said dozens of people are missing in other parts of the state. The state's emergency management director,...

Members of the Mormon Hot Shots from Arizona lay hose line down rugged terrain off Highway 39 near Crystal Lake in front of the Bobcat Fire, which has burned more than 23,000 acres, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

Latest: Washington governor blames climate change for fires

Sep. 11, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 3:30 p.m. SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the fires devastating California and the Northwest shouldn’t be called wildfires, but “climate fires.” At a news conference Friday, the Democrat noted that the roughly 980...

This photo taken by Talent, Ore., resident Kevin Jantzer shows the destruction of his hometown as wildfires ravaged the central Oregon town near Medford late Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Kevin Jantzer via AP)

Officials battle online misinformation along with wildfires

Sep. 11, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Emergency responders in the Pacific Northwest are fighting misinformation along with raging wildfires as people spread unsubstantiated social media posts blaming coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes. The FBI said Friday that it's...

Audit: State failing vulnerable kids on mental health care

Sep. 11, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new state audit says Oregon is failing to make sure vulnerable children and families are receiving needed mental health care through the Oregon Health Plan, even as taxpayers give millions of dollars in performance bonuses to healthcare administration companies. Despite the...