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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.

Photos: Breathtaking pics of Earth from International Space Station

Photos: Breathtaking pics of Earth from International Space Station
A pop-up book for space travelers. Clouds reaching so high I couldn’t believe it. (Photo & Caption: Reid Wiseman, NASA)

Shooting survivor: 'I am lucky to be alive. I am very lucky'

Shooting survivor: 'I am lucky to be alive. I am very lucky' »Play Video
"I am lucky to be alive. I am very lucky."

Mark MacPherson kept one of the slugs and one of the shotgun pellets that tore holes through his van early Tuesday morning.

"I was sleeping right underneath it. It had to have gone right over my head," he said. "I had glass all over my face."

MacPherson was in 1 of the 5 vehicles shot at by 34-year-old Zachary Levi Brimhall of Dillard near Bastendorff Beach.

The shooting killed one of the sleeping victims: David Jesse Hortman, 43, of Michigan.

Brimhall later shot and killed himself. His father was found shot to death about 50 miles away.

Man sleeping in car shot and killed before suspect kills self

Man sleeping in car shot and killed before suspect kills self »Play Video
Law enforcement from multiple agencies have responded to at least two locations in Coos County after gunfire left 2 men dead, including the suspect. The victim's father is missing, and investigators are concerned he may have been harmed.

A man shot and killed a stranger sleeping in a car before turning the gun on himself early Tuesday morning, the district attorney said.

Bridge work to disrupt Delta Highway overnight

Bridge work to disrupt Delta Highway overnight »Play Video
Be prepared for delays overnight

The signs on Beltine notify drivers that change is coming August 19 along Delta Highway.

"Tonight the equipment will come out, materials will come out," said project manager Scott Gillespie, "and in the morning everything will be open to full traffic in the morning."
    
A crew of about two dozen will be working until 6 a.m. Wednesday building a new bridge expasnion on Goodpasture Island Road over Delta Highway.

Family escapes Corvallis house fire with 30-foot flames

Family escapes Corvallis house fire with 30-foot flames
A mother and her two children escaped the fire.

A mother and her two young children escaped a fire that put up 30-foot flames from the second story of a home early Tuesday morning.

Neighbors reported hearing what sounded like an “explosion” prior to observing fire, the Corvallis Fire Department said.

The Red Cross responded to assist the family.

Man versus highchair

Man versus highchair »Play Video
A British man found out the hard way that it's a lot easier to get into a baby's highchair than out of one. The guy gets stuck, hilarity ensues. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the highchair hijinks.

Crab catch earns fishermen $50M

Crab catch earns fishermen $50M »Play Video
According to the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, fishermen landed about 14.4 million pounds of crab during the season, about 5.5 million pounds down from average.

The commercial Dungeness crab season came to a close last week with some of the highest prices paid to fishermen in the crab fishery's history.

Grandfather running 11k miles for grandchild

Grandfather running 11k miles for grandchild »Play Video
A 62-year-old Illinois man is well on his way to running the equivalent of 420 marathons. And he hopes to do it over the next year and a half. But he's doing it at a great disadvantage -- all for his granddaughter, who desperately needs help. Bill Hudson has his story.