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Local 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' 'What happens when Earth’s climate reaches a tipping point' (Photo Gallery)
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.

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.

Stuff The School Bus: 'it's very important they... have the tools needed for success'

Stuff The School Bus: 'it's very important they... have the tools needed for success'

The Eugene Education Foundation is asking you to stuff a school bus with school supply donations to help limited-income students in the Eugene area.

“It’s very expensive for many families, and when students arrive to class it's very important that they have their backpacks, the supplies needed for their classes so that they have the tools needed for success,” said Molly Lajoie, foundation executive director of the Stuff The School Bus promotion.