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Gus, a Steller sea lion at the Oregon Zoo known for his gentle demeanor, was humanely euthanized Sunday after a decline due to complications related to his advanced age, officials said.

At 27, he was the oldest male Steller sea lion in any U.S. zoo or aquarium — and is believed to have been the oldest anywhere on the planet. In the wild, male sea lions seldom live past the age of 18, according to marine biologists.

How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium?

How do predators and prey live in harmony at Oregon Coast Aquarium? »Play Video

After Keiko the killer whale left the Oregon Coast Aquarium in 1998, the aquarium split the tank into three parts and created the Passages of the Deep with sharks and bat rays to attract guests.

Some of the residents of the tank know each other in the open ocean.

For example, the Broadnose sevengill shark is a natural predator of the bat ray.
 

'You got 20 minutes, see what you can do'

'You got 20 minutes, see what you can do' »Play Video
A participant in the bubble soccer match ends up rolling sideways after being check blocked by another participant. The Indian Subcontinent Club of the University of Oregon sponsored a bubble soccer fund raiser on the intramural field of the Rec Center Saturday afternoon. The event was held to raise funds for the club's annual Holi Festival in the spring. Participants paid a modest fee to play. Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

It was billed as a bubble soccer match, but in reality soccer had almost nothing to do with it.

What it really was was a chance to knock one of your friends head over heels without injuring them.

Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake

Map outlines western Oregon landslide risks from a subduction zone earthquake
Maps such as this now provide more information about landslide risks in the Oregon Coast Range following a subduction zone earthquake. (Image courtesy of Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries)

New landslide maps have been developed that will help the Oregon Department of Transportation determine which coastal roads and bridges in Oregon are most likely to be usable following a major subduction zone earthquake that is expected in the future of the Pacific Northwest.

The maps were created by Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, or DOGAMI, as part of a research project for ODOT. They outline the landslide risks following a large earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

State AG temporarily suspends investigation into Kitzhaber, Hayes

State AG temporarily suspends investigation into Kitzhaber, Hayes
FILE -- Former Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said federal investigators have asked her to suspend her investigation into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, while they conduct their own.

Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital

Forgotten Souls: Ashes of thousands remain at Oregon State Hospital »Play Video
The deteriorating copper canisters that once held the cremains now sit empty, the ashes transferred to ceramic tubes embedded along a memorial wall.

Brad Black and his wife were tracing their family tree through an online ancestry site when they learned his great grandfather had been committed to the Oregon State Hospital in 1930.

"We didn't know how he got there, how long he has been there," he said. "One thing led to another, we went on the website and took a look and there was Great Grandpa Elwood - he was there, you know, number 3009."

Black's family is not alone: The ashes of more than 3,400 people are still at the hospital.

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Cal closes door on Oregon's WNIT hopes

Cal closes door on Oregon's WNIT hopes
Oregon Ducks Jillian Alleyne (#14) races to the ball against Cal Golden Bears Penina Davidson (#12). Cal Golden Bears defeated the Oregon Ducks 79 to 59 Thursday night in Matt Knight Arena. Jillian Alleyne who earned a double-double scored 33 of her team’s 59 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Pam Cressall, Oregon News Lab

The Ducks lost their fourth straight game, this one Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena to the Golden Bears, 74-59.

The loss closed the door on a potential post-season WNIT appearance. In order to compete in the tournament, the Ducks would have had to win the two final games of their regular season and reach the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament.