Stories for June 21, 2011
LONDON (AP) -- Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy says he is confident he can handle the pressure that comes with being considered the heir apparent to Tiger Woods.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- For the past two decades, city councilors in Wilsonville have taken a monthly payment in lieu of city-paid health insurance. The five councilors currently get $480 a month and receive no other compensation.
MADRID (AP) -- Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel looks to get back to winning ways at the European Grand Prix, while Fernando Alonso hopes to revive his dwindling title chances with victory in front of his home fans at Valencia's street circuit.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A man charged with rape and sex abuse was acquitted in a trial before a judge in Corvallis.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- A man charged with rape and sex abuse was acquitted in a trail before a judge in Corvallis.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A count of the homeless conducted on Jan. 26 found more than 1,700 people on the streets of Portland and Multnomah County and another 1,000 in shelters or subsidized motels. That's up about 7 percent in two years.
LONDON (AP) -- European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal will be among the 288 players taking part in final qualifying next week for the British Open.
WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say 43-year-old William Todd Lea of Eugene was killed Tuesday when his pickup truck left Highway 26 and crashed into boulders near Warm Springs.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Italian cyclist Francesco De Bonis has lost his appeal against a two-year ban for doping based on blood-test results from his biological passport.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction plans to revoke the teaching certificate of Yakima teacher Michele Taylor who was accused of sexual misconduct with students.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A record 27,500 basketball players are expected to compete these weekend in Spokane's Hoopfest.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington State Patrol motorcycle trooper is in a Seattle hospital with broken ribs and a head injury suffered when he rear-end a minivan Tuesday on Highway 9 near Clearview.
PORT GAMBLE, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a speeding pickup truck fled from a Jefferson County deputy across the Hood Canal floating bridge Tuesday night and crashed down a 100-foot embankment in Port Gamble.
LE BOURGET, France (AP) -- Boeing is showcasing it 787 Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Malaysia's drug testing laboratory has lost an appeal against its suspension by the World Anti-Doping Agency for failing to meet international standards.
Southern Pacific 4449 steams through Vancouver.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports auto thefts declined about 6 percent last year in Oregon to about 9,200 vehicles. That's an average of about 25 stolen vehicles a day in the state.
A Battle Ground man was arrested Friday by Newberg, Ore. police on charges alleging he sent sexually explicit photos of himself via the Internet to a 16-year-old female and intended to have sex with her.
GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) -- Selectmen in a western Maine town say a small hidden-away road named for a Prohibition bootlegger will keep its name.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) -- More than $1 million has been donated to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation following a series of fundraising activities at Wentworth in honor of the late Spanish golfer.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports auto thefts increased nearly 10 percent last year in Washington to more than 29,000. That's an average of 80 stolen vehicles a day in the state.
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistan army says it is questioning four more officers about suspected links with a banned extremist group.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are closing lower after the Federal Reserve brought down its estimates for U.S. economic growth.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are inching higher as investors wait to hear what the Federal Reserve will say about the economic recovery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are falling in early trading as investors wait to hear what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says about the economic recovery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock futures are pointing to a lower opening ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.
SEATTLE — A man who once served as the Justice Department’s top official in Seattle said Tuesday that he is sponsoring an initiative to legalize possession of up to an ounce of dried marijuana in Washington state, a measure he hopes will help “shame Congress” into ending pot prohibition.
3 structures would accommodate light-rail commuters
The three park-and-ride garages slated to be built in downtown Vancouver for light-rail commuters are expected to cost $158 million to $176 million, the Columbia River Crossing said Tuesday. The cost, estimated in 2010 and expected to be updated again this summer, includes design and construction and accounts for risk and inflation, but does not include the cost of acquiring property, a CRC spokeswoman said.
Program trains inmates to fight blazes in forests
A Department of Natural Resources program that employs inmates to fight forest fires may face setbacks as the agency continues to finalize its budget for the next biennium. Joe Shramek, the manager of the DNR’s Resource Protection Division, said he is uncertain of how cuts within the agency will flesh out overall. Even so, Shramek said he wants to protect the correctional camps program, which places minimum security inmates from corrections centers, including Larch and Cedar Creek, on the frontline of forest fires.
Approach helps businesses save money, they say at Vancouver forum
A new model of personalized health care could help local businesses save money on employee health plans, according to a presentation by a panel of physicians at a Community Choices health forum in Vancouver on Tuesday. PeaceHealth and Southwest Washington Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health Systems and Providence Medical Group are all experimenting with a “patient-centered” model in which all of a patient’s needs are met in one place, also known as their “medical home.” The model is essentially high-functioning primary care, focused on prevention and easy access to doctors or other health care providers via same-day appointments and secure email, for example.
Last of county’s students will wrap up their year this afternoon
“Who Let the Dogs Out?” Teachers and staff at Hathaway Elementary.
SALT LAKE CITY — Jason Valdez is no stranger to Utah police. His latest brush with the law, however, may have been the most public. An armed Valdez, 36, held a woman hostage at a motel in a tense, 16-hour, overnight standoff with SWAT teams, all while finding time to keep his family and friends updated on Facebook, authorities said.
LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea has hired Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas as the club's seventh manager in eight years under billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- American national team diver Harrison Jones has been suspended for one year after testing positive for marijuana.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Security officials say 57 militants, mostly from al-Qaida, have escaped from a prison in southern Yemen.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Women in Congress are waging an early skirmish in the 2012 election -- for the votes of women.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyberattacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says 10,000 troops will come home from Afghanistan by the end of this year as the U.S. mission shifts from combat to support after nearly 10 years of war.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to announce plans to withdraw roughly 10,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan within the next year.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man has been sentenced to nearly a half century in prison after earlier pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges related to photographing his sexual abuse of his 6-year-old stepdaughter and 14-year-old disabled stepson.
Peavey impressing, learning with Class A Savannah Sand Gnats
For the first time in his life, Greg Peavey is getting paid to play baseball. So naturally, there has been a change in his lifestyle as result.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state transportation official says the tolling vendor for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has fixed system bugs that caused thousands of Good to Go! account holders to wrongly receive fine notices.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- With a confidence vote now safely past him, Greece's prime minister must now consolidate support for a new austerity package he needs to push through parliament.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets are helping to fund a new charity program for families affected by the Sept. 11 attacks.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A judge says a Eugene, Ore., man accused of killing his landlady and burying her body in her backyard is competent to stand trial after more than two months in Oregon State Hospital.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Salem police say they've arrested a woman who apparently drove through a parking lot with a person clinging to the hood of her car.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- One of the men who decided to suspend leading FIFA executives Jack Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam says while soccer's world governing body has been tainted, the game will overcome bribery and corruption issues.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley each had a two-run single during Philadelphia's season-best nine-run eighth inning, lifting the Phillies to a 10-2 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Regional economist warns the upward trend remains slight
Clark County’s economy gained in May, with payrolls expanding by 300 jobs from the same period a year ago, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.
SYDNEY (AP) -- Two-time Olympic water polo player James Stanton has been banned for two years for testing positive for a banned substance.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Josh Outman threw another impressive game, Jemile Weeks scored three times and the streaking Oakland Athletics walked their way to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night, handing rookie Dillon Gee his first loss of the season.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper and Diana Taurasi lead the list of 30 current and former players announced Tuesday night as finalists for the WNBA's top 15 players of all time.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Orioles' Blake Davis made an error in his major league debut and Pittsburgh scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the Pirates' 5-4 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- World No. 1 Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and defending champion Stuart Appleby will headline the Australian Masters, which will be played the week before Christmas at Victoria Golf Club.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Zoo is singing the praises of a caracal named Peggy, who recently gave birth to three healthy kittens. Senior Africa zookeeper Asaba Mukobi says Peggy is protective, makes sure all three get fed and "sets boundaries for the kittens now that they're moving around."
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann hit two-run homers, and the Atlanta Braves completed a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-1 victory Wednesday.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A $2,500 reward is being offered to help catch the person who tossed a cat down a storm drain in Olympia, Wash.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reserve guard Shavonte Zellous scored a season-high 21 points and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 89-80 on Tuesday night.
FIFE, Wash. (AP) -- A 22-year-old Washington mother whose toddler was found wandering in the middle of the night in a motel parking lot has pleaded not guilty to child abandonment. Police say the woman was out gambling.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Times is reporting the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will play at Citizens Bank Park in the next Winter Classic game.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The husband of Kansas softball coach Megan Smith has died.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Konerko homered in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the Cubs, giving the Chicago White Sox first baseman a homer in five consecutive games.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are asking for a two-month postponement of Barry Bonds' next court date.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Real Salt Lake midfielder Jean Alexandre has been suspended for one game and fined $500 by the MLS Disciplinary Committee.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington bank robber known for wearing a variety of unattractive wigs is featured in a new wanted poster on the FBI website.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors President Robert Rowell is resigning his position as the club's top executive for business operations.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Toronto manager John Farrell says the Blue Jays held a team meeting to discuss pitcher Ricky Romero's remarks about his teammates.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon admits he broke a rule when he let outfielder Sam Fuld warm up as a pitcher but pulled him before he threw a pitch.
CHICAGO (AP) -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy is coming off the disabled list for a second time this season and is scheduled to start Wednesday's interleague series finale against the Chicago Cubs.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Astros outfielder Hunter Pence likely won't return from a sprained left elbow until Friday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have recalled outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Triple-A Omaha.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves' lineup for Tuesday night's game against Toronto after missing four games with a right adductor strain.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Pacific Coast League home run leader Wily Mo Pena from Triple-A.
DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki is considering joining the German national team this summer to help their chances of qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jose Reyes has told the New York Mets he's not interested in negotiating a new contract during the season.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who once served as the Justice Department's top official in Western Washington is sponsoring an initiative to legalize marijuana in the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An attorney for Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt says baseball Commissioner Bud Selig didn't act in good faith when he rejected a proposed television deal that would help rescue the troubled franchise.
MIAMI (AP) -- New Florida Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon is hoping a move to the cleanup spot will jump-start Hanley Ramirez.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The NCAA is considering a change to its softball rules that would allow a defensive team to choose a penalty if a runner leaves base before the pitcher releases the ball.
A man wanted in connection with a Seattle murder was arrested early this morning when a custodian at a Woodland school spotted Mussie E. Weldeyohhannes and called police.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- In the spirit of John and Yoko, Olympic speedskater Kristina Groves is inviting Calgary's civic leaders to join her in bed.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman joined the Republican presidential contest on Tuesday, pledging to run a civil campaign and claiming that he and President Barack Obama both love the United States but have different visions of its future.
LONDON (AP) -- The doctor for Juan Mauricio Soler's cycling team says the Colombian's life is no longer in danger after having suffered head injuries in a crash during the Tour of Switzerland last week.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon jury has found an unlicensed dentist guilty of murder in the shooting death of a fellow Russian immigrant who prosecutors said had been a patient.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The game between the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds was postponed on Tuesday because of rain and a forecast of storms moving through all evening.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- No. 9 batter Derek Campbell drove in two runs, closer Matt Flemer pitched scoreless ball after freshman Kyle Porter's solid start and California beat Texas A&M 7-3 Tuesday at the College World Series.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL ban on hits to the head is getting much clearer.
BOSTON (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have put first baseman Brad Hawpe on the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Wade LeBlanc to Triple-A Tucson.
Alexis Fuller, 14, will run in the junior women’s 1,500 meters during the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships at Eugene.
Local officials use carrot-and-stick approach; fines will quadruple on July 1
Well, that certainly got their attention. Using a carrot-and-stick approach, the Clark County Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board has managed to increase local pet licensing activity by 300 percent over last year. Kudos to the board for devising the strategy, to the county and affected cities for approving it and to Animal Control staff and workers for carrying it out. The carrot is a form of amnesty. If you get caught with an unlicensed dog or cat in unincorporated Clark County and the cities of Vancouver and Yacolt, your $25 fine will be waived if you buy a license.
Athletes competed in variety of championships
Special Olympics of Washington held state championships for five sports June 3-5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and athletes from Clark County earned medals in all five.
Community sports results for the week ending June 20
What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking: New name for Qwest Field.
Lower cost of living, schools luring some families from Oregon
When economic conditions drove Jennifer and Erick Wegerer to move from Beaverton to Vancouver in 2004, they intended to return to Oregon once they had children who reached school age. That year, the Wegerers were laid off simultaneously from Sage Software, then Timberline Software, in Beaverton. Six weeks later, Erick found employment at Columbia Ultimate in Vancouver, and the couple moved close to his new job to save money on fuel and housing expenses and to start a family.
Summer officially begins this morning and we shall enjoy a very summerlike day as well. The rest of the week will follow what I discussed here on Sunday. Another pleasant day Wednesday, then more clouds and cooler weather the remainder of the week. We could even have some spotty drizzle on Thursday. The marine layer was so deep on Monday that the sun had a difficult time burning it off. There were also some pockets of drizzle, mist or light showers early on. Despite the clouds we were riding the 70-degree mark in most lowland areas.
In one recent poll, I heard that Congress had an approval rating of 9 percent. A first I thought we should replace the entire lot, but on further reflection, and for two reasons, we should leave them where they are:
In response to Heidi Yewman’s June 15 letter, “Washington scores low on guns safety,” to purchase a gun from a dealer at a gun show you must go through the same procedures and background checks as at any retail gun store. The 10th Amendment indicates that buying a gun at a gun show is no more a legal loophole than is buying tires at any retailer.
Mayor Tim Leavitt accepted a city Proclamation for Children’s Day, celebrated across the country annually on the second Sunday in the month of June. As an advocate for National Children’s Day, I initiated requests across the nation with the hope of expanding the grass-roots movement for legalizing National Children’s Day.
The Columbian had a good story on June 16, “Herrera Beutler: Vote on light rail,” that raises interesting questions about who is in charge — the politicians or the taxpayers.
Too bad there’s so much misunderstanding and misinformation about bicycling (Jim Souder’s June 16 letter, “Why are bicyclists not taxed?”) because its benefits, to both us and our community, are significant.
A list of daily death notices
Marriage dissolutions and applications and court sentencings.
Chris Hill’s June 17 letter, “Raise the bar for appropriate conduct,” pegged progressive liberalism as the cause of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s bad behavior, as well as Bill Clinton’s. No doubt Weiner is a liberal progressive, but does that have anything to do with his virtual sex life, or sexual misconduct in general? Bad behavior is universal among all occupations and political philosophies. Let’s not forget the epidemic of Catholic priests who prey on male and female children. And who could forget the televangelists from the inaptly named “moral” majority — they’ve had many sex scandals. It happens in all walks of life.
Innovate Washington will have Vancouver operation
The Legislature has created a new program to assist emerging technology and clean energy companies, dubbed Innovate Washington, the result of a merger that will eliminate the long-established Washington Technology Center and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, known as SIRTI. Innovate Washington should be up and running by Aug. 1, said Chris Coleman, Washington Technology Center executive director. State legislation approved in this year’s session requires the new entity to establish a plan by Dec. 1, 2012, for establishing operations in Vancouver, Tri-Cities, and Bellingham. Coleman says there’s no timeline for establishing a base in Vancouver.
Before you toss the usual burgers on the grill this summer. Before you endure the usual groans from bored burger eaters among family and friends. Do this: Stuff it. Yep, surprise those blasé about burgers, and up your grilling game by tucking a chunk of cheese, a spoonful of sauteed mushrooms or some chopped, grilled red pepper — and more — inside a burger patty before grilling.
Classes and events Chuck’s Produce & Street Market: Free classes. Call or check website for schedule. 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., Building B, Suite 2. * 360-597-2711 or http://chucksproduce.com.
Partisan wrangling in Congress over the federal deficit and government spending has created gridlock. Not much else is getting done. Into that void have stepped federal bureaucrats who are circumventing Congress to implement sweeping policy changes. With President Obama’s legislative initiatives stalled in Congress, his appointed agency directors are finding ways to implement his programs without congressional approval. These aren’t penny-ante changes — some programs carry trillion-dollar price tags.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled first baseman-outfielder Mark Hamilton from Triple-A Memphis to take the roster spot of injured star Albert Pujols.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prosecutors are trying to limit what baseball star Roger Clemens' attorneys can say during his upcoming steroids trial about a police investigation involving his chief accuser.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's pick to head the Commerce Department is criticizing a federal lawsuit against the Boeing Co. over the aerospace giant's decision to locate a new plant in South Carolina.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- About 600 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers are preparing for a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Canadian Football League will be back for a second season on the NFL Network.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Santos says it will auction commemorative medals celebrating Pele's goals against Penarol in the 1962 Copa Libertadores final.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- French Open champion Li Na safely negotiated her opening match at Wimbledon, defeating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw has exercised his player option for next season that will pay him $9 million.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Former Ohio State recruit Ejuan Price is now heading to Pittsburgh.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A 3.8 magnitude earthquake about 230 miles off the Oregon coast did not trigger any initial reports that it was felt on land.
LONDON (AP) -- FIFA says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against CONCACAF Vice President Lisle Austin for breaching soccer regulations by going to court to challenge his suspension from the regional organization.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- The researchers who made Central Washington University famous for chimpanzees who use sign language, Roger and Debbie Fouts, have retired.
DETROIT (AP) -- Jaromir Jagr would like to play in the NHL next season.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The union representing Boeing Co. workers in Washington state has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Lindsay Graham, alleging the South Carolina Republican is trying to pressure the National Labor Relations Board into dropping a suit targeting the aircraft manufacturer.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup-winning conquest of the Vancouver Canucks stands as the most-watched National Hockey League game on American television since the 1970s.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Olympic runner Ray Flynn has been selected director of the Millrose Games.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The general manager of Red Bull Racing says he's optimistic he can find investors to keep the team going beyond this year.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Angel McCoughtry scored 14 points and newcomer Courtney Paris had nine points and eight rebounds to lead Atlanta past Chicago 71-68 on Tuesday afternoon.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR has fined Joe Gibbs Racing's three crew chiefs $50,000 each for bringing unapproved oil pans to Michigan last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Marlo Thomas and sports team owner Jerry M. Reinsdorf are among those being honored in Washington with a national prize for public service.
BOSTON (AP) -- Law enforcement and community groups in Boston are learning about options to help immigrants who are victims of human trafficking and other violence.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle city attorney's office wants a judge to overrule an arbitrator's decision that the names of disciplined police officers must not be made public.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's second-highest court has ruled ex-NFL player and investment firm founder Bob Simms can't sue his ex-wife's lawyers for fraud in a long-running divorce and alimony case.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The University of Oregon has released documents related to its use of recruiting services that suggest the school paid for information that was outdated.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A man arrested for investigation of his role in a fatal Yakima shooting is the victim's cousin.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland attorney has been confirmed as a federal judge for Oregon.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Novak Djokovic joined the rest of the big four of men's tennis in the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday by comfortably beating Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter is backing his organization's secretary general after an embarrassing email about World Cup host Qatar.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A national civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon, claiming it denied insurance coverage for a transgender state worker.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- The 44th annual Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival turned the Clatsop County Fairgrounds into a land of old-country culture and customs last weekend.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The quick rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder from the depths of the NBA to Western Conference finalists has been fueled by a series of strong drafts.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers football stadium has a new name.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Bellingham man is about half way through a bicycle trip to all 30 major league ballparks.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The top fundraisers for Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign have abandoned his struggling bid amid anemic fundraising and heavy spending.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA owners and players are meeting again in what Commissioner David Stern has called "a very important day in these negotiations."
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter has resumed onfield work.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Virginie Razzano has won for the first time since the death of her fiance, beating Sania Mirza of India 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 in the first round at Wimbledon.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Sporting Kansas City says Ryan Smith is leaving the MLS team for family reasons and will not be back this season.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers have revived a bill to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A new report says it may take years for Oregon cities to recover enough jobs to get back to the levels they had before the recession.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State Patrol says a 22-year-old Wisconsin man was killed Tuesday in a high-speed motorcycle crash in Olympia.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- USA Track and Field has ruled out the possibility of board president Stephanie Hightower taking over as the organization's new CEO.
BANGOR, Pa. (AP) -- It turns out a Pennsylvania high school graduate's scholarship was just a load of bull.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A voluntary advisory has been issued warning people and pets against contact with water in Lost Creek Lake in southern Oregon after tests showed an outbreak of blue-green algae above levels considered unhealthy.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Two of South America's most successful soccer teams face off in the Copa Libertadores final on Wednesday, with Santos attempting to win its first title since Pele was playing and Penarol trying to revive its dominance of the 1960s and '80s.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- NFL owners and players are discussing a straight split of income in the next collective bargaining agreement that would net the players just under 50 percent of total revenues.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- NFL owners have begun a critical meeting to discuss progress made in recent talks with the players.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The last of three suspects in the burglary last month of more than $10,000 worth of oxycodone and other prescription pills from a southern Oregon pharmacy has been arraigned on theft, drug and other charges.