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Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town
Madras is predicted to be among the country’s best viewing spots because of its clear, high-desert skies.

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In major blow to Brazil, US suspends meat product imports
The decision came three months after a major scandal into allegations of bribed meat inspectors shook Brazil’s meat industry.
US officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections
The final ruling by the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Yellowstone grizzlies from the list of endangered and threatened species will give jurisdiction over the bears to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
California beehive heists lead to felony charges
The men charged with possessing more than 1,200 stolen beehives could each spend more than a decade in jail if convicted.
Study links legalized pot with increase in car crash claims.
Insurance companies found several possible factors at play in the spike including distracted driving through texting or cellphone use, road construction and marijuana use.
Oregon joins states where roadkill can be harvested for food
About 20 other states also allow people to take meat from animals killed by vehicles.
Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People’s Wells
Washington state’s plan to deal with the water supply problem is six years behind schedule.
Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US
Temperatures in parts of Arizona, California and Nevada soared to nearly 120 degrees this week.
Lawsuit seeks reassessment of predator control program
The suit says new studies have questioned whether killing predators protects livestock.
Forestry officials fretful of flammable cheatgrass outbreak
A wet winter and spring has led to taller, thicker patches of the grass.
Fleet of aircraft helps crews fighting California wildfire
Crews are contending with another day of oppressive heat as they try to beat back a 1,200-acre wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles