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September 27th, 2016

This image of Engine 3 illustrates a transition from horse drawn fire engines to motorization. This American LaFrance steam engine was originally made to be pulled by a horse team, but was retrofitted with a Christie motorized tractor. By 1920 …

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September 26th, 2016

Gantry crane at Zidell Marine Corporation (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last week I happened to be meeting a friend for coffee in South Waterfront, at a bakery directly across the street from the Zidell Marine Corporation's barge-building facility. As...

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Proposed structures for the Japanese Garden, circa 1963.  Filed under: 1960s, Arlington Heights, Southwest

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September 25th, 2016

I share a few observations and personal experiences at XOXO, mostly revolving around stickers, buttons, and anxiety — and how I'll take my new wisdom with me to help ease personal struggle at future conferences.

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The two girls from the county park were fixed Thursday.  Both were lactating. I had drop trapped India's six kittens.  But Bootsy's kittens?  The camp host figured they had died or were eaten by an animal or killed by the many dogs who free roam with their owners there. But, I got a call Thursday evening, that the cam

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It was a gorgeous autumn afternoon in the valley.  Yes, in case you forgot, it is a brand new season now.  The trees knew that even before Google doodled the change.Despite the wonderfully sunny day, there were very few people out on the bike path. Perhaps it was because of the football gam

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September 24th, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of a 13-year-old Ohio boy fatally shot by a Columbus police officer investigating a report of an armed robbery.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who introduced zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.

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BEND, Ore. (AP) — Climbing to the summit of Oregon's third-tallest peak is supposed to be a wilderness experience, as the South Sister Climber Trail is located in the Three Sisters Wilderness.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

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ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Saturday prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister who said such an event is illegal.

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan State players held their right fists in the air while standing for the national anthem before the eighth-ranked Spartans took on 11th-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.

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TORONTO (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk's North American magic show had one final act.

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BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting at a mall in Washington state (all times local):

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans of "making hate OK" as she campaigned for Hillary Clinton on Saturday.

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poaching syndicates shipped large amounts of African elephant ivory last year despite global calls to dismantle the trafficking networks that often collude with corrupt officials, conservationists said as an international wildlife conference opened Saturday in South Africa.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees hopes the world watches what happens in and around the Superdome on Monday night.

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LONDON (AP) — London police say they are investigating the reported hacking of the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and the alleged theft of 3,000 photographs.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Social media app Snapchat is changing its corporate name to Snap Inc. and introducing video-recording glasses called 'Spectacles.'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — To much of the world, Charlotte is the Queen City — a gleaming downtown, state-of-the-art stadiums, sparkling new mass transit, the nation's banking capital.

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My sojourn to South Dakota has not given me too many insights into the nature of the national beer scene. The state is in a nascent phase of building a market for local beer; to date there are only 14 craft breweries, and most of them are tiny (one that I know of, Gandy Dancer, is so small and provisional one could debate w

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Here come the unbeaten Steelers from Western Pennsylvania, crossing the Keystone State to meet the unbeaten Eagles.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The most telling moments in presidential debates often come out of the blue — an offhand remark or unrehearsed gesture that helps to reveal the essence of a candidate who's already been poked, prodded and inspected for…

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested a man for allegedly producing child pornography after a yearlong investigation revealed the suspect posed as a young bisexual girl on social media, contacting minors and tricking them into sending explicit…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Since he entered the presidential race, it's been Donald Trump's style to break with convention. It's no different when it comes to debate prep.

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BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Police searched Saturday for a gunman who authorities said fatally shot five people in a mall north of Seattle before fleeing toward an interstate highway on foot.

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Life sometimes foils the best of our intentions.

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UMPQUA, Ore. (AP) — There are many reasons why Theresa and Fred Dielensnyder find themselves harvesting grapes every summer for the past eight years. This year, they had an extra one.

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Phil Mickelson kept hearing the wrong tone of cheers coming from the 18th green, one after another, until he realized the singles match he was on the verge of winning would not prevent Europe from capturing the Ryder Cup.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's status as a Washington outsider fuels his fiery populism and also is helping to shield him from the scrutiny House Republicans are devoting to Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. senator and secretary of state.

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Finally, science comes to the rescue of those of us who have been told all our lives to “sit still.”

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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is in turmoil over sexual abuse and bullying concerns that have led to the temporary shutdown of its premier training program — one that sends cadets out on working vessels…

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Union nurses and Allina Health will return to bargaining for the first time since nearly 5,000 nurses at five Minneapolis-area hospitals went on strike nearly three weeks ago.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton has appeared in more than 30 primary debates during her two presidential campaigns, a deep history she can draw upon as she faces Donald Trump on Monday night.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spokeswoman for Polish mining corporation KGHM says two miners have been killed and another seriously injured during a cave-in at copper and silver mine in southwestern Poland.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean's waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate.

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Of all the personal information people tend to give out willy-nilly on the internet, birthdate is perhaps the most ubiquitous.

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Brandy Lee Buckmaster is among 56 women filling two stories of cells in the female general population unit at the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro. From her second-floor window, she can see the corrections deputies come…

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Sunday school: College United Methodist Church, 1123 Main St. in Philomath, is offering a high school Sunday school class from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sundays this fall.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A year after the tap water in Flint was exposed as a source of dangerous levels of lead, residents of the impoverished city are still grappling with the man-made public health crisis, which has led to…

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A transgender man granted asylum by the U.S. last year is challenging an Indiana law that prevents him from changing his first name to a male name that matches his gender identity.

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The Browns signed kicker Cody Parkey after kicker Patrick Murray suffered a knee injury on Friday. Murray has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Doug and Mary. Eddie and Debbie. Alec and Kim. Brad and Angelina. Liz and, well, take your pick.

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BOSTON (AP) — A classical music superstar from China is helping the Boston Symphony Orchestra kick off its new season this weekend.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Mistie Bass, Kelsey Bone and their Mercury teammates met with Phoenix police a few weeks ago after practice.

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BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Police searched Saturday for a gunman who authorities said fatally shot five people in a mall north of Seattle before fleeing toward an interstate highway on foot.

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ROME (AP) — A wild bachelor's party at the Pitti Palace art museum in Florence?

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