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  • SAN FRANCISCO— The FBI is working with police to catch vandals behind nearly a dozen fiber-optic cable cuts in Northern California in the past year. FBI spokesman Greg Wuthrich says the FBI has known about the separate vandalism incidents and became involved last month because cable cuts in one location can affect businesses and customers in other cities and...

  • Correction: Carnegie Heroes story Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— In a story June 30 about the Carnegie Heroes awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously on the fate of a boy whose brother drowned in a river. Late Oregon teen among 18 to win Carnegie Medal for heroism. PITTSBURGH— A 16- year-old Oregon boy who drowned while trying to save his younger brother's life is one of 18 people to be honored with a Carnegie...

  • Greenbrier misses Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. _ Greenbrier Companies Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $42.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.60 per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $737.8 million.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland. More than 40 years earlier, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of pot. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, the...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • Nike co-founder Knight will step down as chairman Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Nike Chairman Phil Knight plans to step down, and says he wants President and CEO Mark Parker to succeed him. Phil Knight co-founded Nike and has been a director of the footwear and athletic apparel and equipment maker since 1968. Parker has been Nike's president and CEO since 2006.. The directors of the company will be Knight himself, Parker, and Nike...

  • —Craig Randleman, 50, of Bend, Oregon, and Thomas Joy, 28, of Spokane, Washington, rescued an 8- year-old boy from attacking pit bulls in Spokane in April 2014. —Robert A. Pritchard Jr., 13, of Jacksonville, Florida, rescued a 6- year-old girl from a burning mobile home in June 2014. —S. Alexander Smith, 16, of Aloha, Oregon, drowned trying to rescue his 13- year-old brother from...

  • S. Alexander Smith, of Aloha, jumped into the Row River upstream from a 15- foot waterfall to try to save his 13- year-old brother, Christian, on July 1, 2014. Smith was the only one of those honored Tuesday by the Pittsburgh- based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission who died during a rescue attempt. The other 16 winners are from Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio,...

  • WILLIAMS, Ore.— On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet. says Gina Erdmann, director of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, as she lays out materials on the sign-in table outside the...

  • Schnitzer Steel reports 3Q loss Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:43 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore. _ Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $9.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 10 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks...

  • What's next for California's contentious vaccine law Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    It would likely be successful in increasing immunization rates and stopping the spread of disease, pediatric doctors said Monday after the Senate sent the legislation to the governor. Douglas Opel, a professor at the University of Washington who specializes in pediatric bioethics. The Senate reaffirmed the bill on a 24-14 vote.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators has been working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • Investigators at Alaska site of plane crash that killed 9 Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 12:47 AM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators is now working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • LOS ANGELES— Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. Perhaps the most ambitious highway-conversion plan is in the San Francisco Bay Area, where hills and the namesake body of water are natural barriers to mobility.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Like many fast-growing parts of the country, North Carolina's Triangle region is trying to avoid being strangled by its own success: Traffic is thickening, drivers are getting stuck in it and there's no simple solution in sight. The population of the three counties that include Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill is forecast to grow by more than 40...

  • Wildfires are chewing through parched parts of the West, including a resurgent blaze in California that forced residents of some desert communities to flee their homes. Residents of the tiny Mojave communities of Burns Canyon and Rimrock were ordered to leave their homes Thursday. The forecast calls for weekend thunderstorms, which could produce mixed...

  • CHICAGO— Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. I didn't vote for him, "said Salt Lake City resident Paige Preece, whose...

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- Democrats in the U.S. Congress who backed legislation key to sealing a Pacific Rim trade pact this week shrugged off threats of retribution from labor unions and liberal activists who have vowed to hold them accountable at future elections. Forty-one Democrats this week defied pressure and supported legislation to let the White House...