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Local Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge Deception Complex pushes air quality to red in Oakridge (Photo Gallery)
Smoke from the Deception Complex fire near Oakridge has pushed air quality warnings to moderate in the surrounding cities like Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene and Springfield. The "yellow" moderate level is still considered safe by the Lane County Air Protection Agency.
Local Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield (Photo Gallery)
A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70-ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

Crews will need a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street near the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.
Local OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales (Photo Gallery)
Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that this smallest of the lunge-feeding whales utilizes the sea ice more than expected and feeds in ways unique from other species.

American captive released less than a week after ISIS executes journalist

American captive released less than a week after ISIS executes journalist
Photo of American author Peter Theo Curtis being held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS). He was released on Sunday after being held captive for 2 years, NBC News reports.

Less than a week after Islamic militants killed an American hostage, another kidnapped American was set free.

President Obama is back at the White House Monday morning to oversee an increasing debate about how the US should handle the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups in the middle east.

Members of ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, executed American journalist James Foley on Wednesday. Officials with the British government say they've identified Foley’s killer.

Five days later a different Syria-based terrorist group released American author Peter Theo Curtis after he’d been held for two years.

6.0 quake shakes Napa, California

6.0 quake shakes Napa, California

A record 6.0 earthquake shook Napa, California early Sunday morning, injuring nearly 87 people and damaging numerous structures.

The quake struck at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and its epicenter was about six miles from Napa, California. This is the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco area in 25 years. 

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Small brush fire closes Hwy 126W just west of Eugene

Fire crews doused a small brush fire between Highway 126 W and the rail road track Sunday evening, briefly stopping traffic between Eugene and Veneta to handle the blaze.

Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us'

Disadvantaged students get help with school clothes, supplies: 'It's a real blessing for us'

About 40 students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School filled a backpack with free school supplies Saturday. Afterward each student went shopping at Valley River Center with a mentor for a $150 school clothes shopping spree.

Parents like Sarah Curry, who has a daughter going into 3rd grade, said the generous donation from the Eugene Active 20-30 Club will prepare her child for the school year.

JR Laing, a member of theActive  20-30 Club, says she wants every student to feel proud and stand tall each day they walk through the classroom door. 

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs

Seattle neighbor finds $10K worth of heroin hidden in shrubs
A neighborhood watch sign in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. August 24, 2014.
More than $10,000 in heroin was found in the Green Lake neighborhood on Saturday, the Seattle Police Department said.

Marion Co. Sheriff: Woman fights off attacker, man arrested for sexual assault

Armando Cervantez, 19

SALEM, Ore. -- A woman said she fought off a man that broke into her house early Sunday morning and tried to sexually assault her, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Marion County deputies responded the 4000 block of State St. after a woman called saying a man, later identified as Armando Cervantez, 19, broke into her house while she was sleeping.

The woman said Cervantez entered the home, placed a rag over her mouth and tried to sexually assault her, but the victim was able to escape and run away.

She told deputies he was wearing a pair of gloves and boxer shorts. A short time later deputies determined the suspect lives on the same property, but in a different residence.