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Today in History

Jul. 25, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 25, the 206th day of 2021. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 2000, a New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after...

Low oxygen levels off coast raise fears of marine dead zones

Jul. 24, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low oxygen levels measured off the coast of Oregon and Washington are raising concerns of large “dead zones” that could decimate crabs and bottom-dwelling fish within them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week that...

Today in History

Jul. 24, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 24, the 205th day of 2021. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot...

Western wildfires: Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze

Jul. 23, 2021 22:41 PM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — The nation's largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday, but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California. ...

2 arrested, accused of child neglect after kids found alone

Jul. 23, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ore. (AP) — Two people have been arrested and accused of child neglect after authorities say they found two children alone in a home southwest of Salem with no power or running water. According to court documents, a Toledo officer was sent to a home Wednesday...

Home manufacturer sued for alleged racism, discrimination

Jul. 23, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — Two former employees of a home manufacturing company in eastern Oregon have filed a lawsuit saying they endured anti-Black racism and discrimination, and then were fired after reporting the incidents to managers. The lawsuit was filed in federal...

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy...

EPA orders $65,250 penalty for pesticide company

Jul. 23, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The J.R. Simplot Co. will pay a penalty of $65,250 after the Environmental Protection Administration accused it of pesticide safety issues just south of the Columbia River. The penalty covers problems cited by EPA at both its Umatilla, Oregon,...

Western wildfires grow, but better weather helps crews

Jul. 22, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Lower winds and better weather helped crews using bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon, but gusty winds pushed a Northern California wildfire into Nevada on Thursday, prompting evacuations as blazes burn across the West. ...

Delta variant has become dominant in Oregon

Jul. 22, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As daily COVID-19 cases doubled in the past week, Oregon health officials reported Thursday that the highly transmissible delta variant has now become the dominant coronavirus variant in the state. But even as cases rise, around 29% of adults in...