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  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    Have you picked a side yet? If not, you'd better think fast, because the battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues.

  • Lane County bans e-cigarette sales to minors Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    EUGENE, Ore.— Lane County commissioners have voted to outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Lane County's two major cities are Eugene and Springfield. The county intends to begin random checks or "decoy purchases" to test whether tobacco retailers sell to minors, much as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission does with alcohol sales.

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • In final 2014 push, Congress renews tax breaks Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Congress votes to extend tax breaks through 2014 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Banks, retailers, commuters and teachers will keep their temporary tax breaks for another year after Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a massive tax package affecting millions of businesses and individuals. More narrow provisions include tax breaks for filmmakers, racehorse owners and rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said the department store chain does not tolerate violence, violent conversation or "threats of any kind." Hodges said a manager from the downtown Portland store called him Friday to say people were calling...

  • Oregon certifies recount results: GMO labels lost Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    SALEM, Ore.— Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. They have not said whether they'll make another try in Oregon in 2016, when they potentially would be buoyed by the larger, more...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel responded to 37 calls for assistance due to flooding and a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los...

  • Uber French ruling latest in series of challenges Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:35 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released Friday. The typical household had a net worth of $81,400 in 2013, according to the Fed's survey. "I think this strikes on what many people have felt, the slow and uneven nature of the recovery," said Rakesh Kochhar, one of the study's authors.

  • PORTLAND, Oregon— Police: Oregon shooting was outside school, is possibly gang-related; 3 victims all conscious.

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Police: At least 2 victims in shooting at Portland, Oregon, high school; conditions not given.

  • French court says Uber may infringe on taxi law Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    A judge ordered Uber's temporary suspension in Spain, saying it represents unfair competition. The Madrid commercial court judge said this week in a preliminary ruling that Uber drivers lacked proper permits to transport passengers in Spain. The suspension was sought by Madrid's Taxi Association, which says it is planning legal action against Uber.

  • Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK. "I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that," said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a...

  • Southern California mudflows trigger evacuations Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A dangerous storm system blamed for two deaths in Oregon, thousands of power outages in Washington, and flooded roadways in the Bay Area that kept many from work and school, pushed into the southern California and caused mudslides and evacuations, officials said. Avalanches of mud and debris blocked part of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura...

  • Spending bill cleaves Pelosi from Obama and Senate Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi was the odd person out when the Democratic-led Senate and the Democratic president joined most House Republicans in backing a $1.1 trillion spending bill she opposed. She said she was "enormously disappointed" the White House backed it. Less than three hours before the government was to run out of money, Pelosi...

  • What the ACLU says to do if stopped by police Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:42 PM ET

    The American Civil Liberties Union has released apps that provide tips about how to respond when met by police, and two Portland, Oregon, attorneys plan to release their own app called "Driving While Black" that specifically deals with traffic stops. Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson says the department has no problem with apps that encourage safe...

  • SeaWorld CEO to step down as park attendance drops Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Thursday that its CEO is stepping down as head of the company and named its chairman as interim leader. SeaWorld has also been battling negative publicity since the release of "Blackfish" last year, a documentary that suggested its treatment of animals may have led to the death of trainers. SeaWorld has been trying...

  • Why rift on derivatives is blocking US budget bill Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— At the heart of the impasse in Congress over a must-pass spending bill is a provision involving the sorts of high-risk investments that ignited the 2008 financial crisis. The provision is part of a broader Republican drive to erode the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, which Congress enacted in 2010 to try to tighten regulation and prevent...