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Thursday October 8, 2015    09:51 AM
Three drifters have been taken into custody in connection with the death of a tantra yoga teacher, who was found shot to death on a California hiking trail.

Steve Carter, 67, was found dead Monday on the well-travelled hiking trial in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve just north of Fairfax, California, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Twitter.

Carter was walking his dog when he was gunned down in cold blood, according to an online post written by his wife, Lokita. His dog was also shot, and still hooked to a leash that was tightly secured around Carter's lifeless wrist. The canine survived the shooting, and is being treated by veterinarians.

"I am beyond devastated,

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Wednesday October 7, 2015    12:18 PM
Farmers broke Oregon records over the weekend at the Bauman Harvest Festival with the unveiling of a 1,997-pound pumpkin.

The pumpkin has earned the title for the largest pumpkin ever grown in Oregon, television station KPTV reported.

"It's a year's worth of work," said winning pumpkin grower Steve Daletis. "You think it just starts with a seed in April, but we spend all year tinkering with things."

Events of the festival also included the annual pumpkin drop, where pumpkins were dropped from more than 100 feet in the air onto a junk car or into a small swimming pool.

The giant pumpkins will be on display for the next several weeks at the Bauman Harvest Festival.

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Tuesday October 6, 2015    11:18 AM
A 70-year-old businesswoman has been shot dead after using a mobile phone app which made her take a wrong turn into a favela in Rio de Janeiro, according to reports.

Regina Murmura and her husband Francisco, 69, had been trying to get to a beach in Niteroi, Rio, when they accidentally entered the gang-controlled Caramujo favela on Saturday.

Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city's most notorious slum areas. The woman was shot and killed.

Someone opened fire, with 20 bullets hitting the couple's car, the police spokesman said. Authorities don't know why, though drug gangs are prevalent in the area.

Francisco Murmura managed to drive a

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Tuesday October 6, 2015    10:24 AM
LETTER TO EDITOR:

My name is Ed Baker and I am a resident in Portland, Oregon. I am also a candidate in the 2016 Presidential Election. I was very disappointed by how our current President responded to the recent shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Our President should have acknowledged the event and given his condolences to the family members and loved ones of those who died or were wounded. He should have stated that the suspect was diseased. That should have been the end of it.

I am a believer in our Constitution, Rights and Freedom. I will never punish the good people of America who have done no wrong. I am a supporter of our Second Amendment and will defend the rights o

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Tuesday October 6, 2015    09:36 AM
(Yachats, Oregon) – Along one 20-mile stretch of central Oregon coast, don't be surprised if you're surprised – a lot. At the northern tip of Lane County, not far from where Lincoln County starts, things begin to sizzle. (Above: the main access at Neptune State Park).

For a start, these can be exceptionally uncrowded little hotspots hiding in plain sight. While even the most hidden of beaches will be more packed than usual on any high-density part of the year, the area between Florence and Yachats still yields many isolated wonders.

There are dozens of pleasant jolts awaiting here, where the highway twists and turns between dramatic viewpoints and low-lying beaches.

Keep your eyes

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Tuesday October 6, 2015    09:32 AM
ASTORIA and HAMMOND — Do you have an appreciation for birds and want some experience on how best to see them? Or are you an experienced birder wanting to help with bird surveys? Here’s your chance to join Let’s Go Birding, a program of Oregon State Parks.

Birding activities are free, and birders 8 years old and older are welcome (children 8 to 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Loaner binoculars are available for up to 10 birders. Bring your own binoculars if available.

In 2015, Sunset Beach State Recreation Site and the Fort to Sea Trail is the site of weekly bird surveys. The surveys monitor the bird species that use the park from season to season. The survey will ta

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Tuesday October 6, 2015    09:02 AM
Tackling the "hopelessness" of the gun-control debate in American politics, Seth Meyers dinged Republican presidential candidate hopefuls Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump for their response to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college last week.

“All the data shows that the more guns you have, the more gun deaths you have,” Meyers said on Monday’s episode of The Late Show. He then showed a chart on the relationship between the rates of gun deaths and gun ownership among developed nations. “We’re so far away from every other country, we’re running out of chart.”

The segment also touched on Bush’s remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Roseburg, Oregon sho

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Sunday October 4, 2015    11:44 AM
Most of us cannot imagine the horror of a school shooting. Roseburg Police Sgt. Joseph Kaney has now been confronted with such evil twice. A cop who reportedly exchanged fire with the gunman at Umpqua Community College had been the lead investigator after an earlier school shooting in the Oregon town of Roseburg.

Back in 2006, a 15-year-old who had taken a .50 caliber handgun from his stepfather’s nightstand had shot a 16-year-old named Joe Monti four times in the back at Roseburg High School. The victim survived. The gunman was charged with attempted murder and at trial the prosecution played a recorded interrogation in which he told Roseburg Police Sgt. Joseph Kaney that he and a 14-ye

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Friday October 2, 2015    09:33 AM
(CNN) When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.

Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.

Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.

When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, an military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others.

"Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in," his aunt, Wanda Mintz, told Fox 8, a CNN affiliate in High Point, North Carolina.

"Gets shot three times," his aunt said. "Hits the floor."

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Thursday October 1, 2015    09:37 PM
Members of the community hold candles in the air during a vigil Thursday evening, Oct. 1, 2015 at Stewart Park in Roseburg, Oregon to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College earlier in the day.

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least nine people before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.

The attack shattered the first week of classes at Umpqua Community College in the small timber town of Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland.

The killer was identified as 26-y

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