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Man loses weight eating at McDonald's

Man loses weight eating at McDonald's »Play Video
A teacher from Iowa challenged his students to design his diet plan about a year ago. But the food they had to design the diet around isn't your typical health food. Stacey Springob met with the educator in Wisconsin and has his story.

Former cop accused of murdering Cottage Grove woman

Former cop accused of murdering Cottage Grove woman »Play Video
Jenny Gamez (left) and Laura Simonson

The man accused of keeping the body of a former Cottage Grove woman in a suitcase has been charged with homicide in her death.

Former Wisconsin police officer Steven Zelich, 52, appeared in court Tuesday.

Zelich was charged with intentional homicide, Wiscon's equivalent of murder, in the death of Jenny Gamez, 19, formerly of Oakridge and Cottage Grove.

Americans in Africa amidst Ebola: 'We were concerned but not alarmed'

Americans in Africa amidst Ebola: 'We were concerned but not alarmed' »Play Video

The Ebola virus kills about half those it infects, but many myths surround the illness.

"I think the number one misconception is you can get it from sharing air with someone, or you can get it from casual contact by sharing a pen or something like that very readily," said Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, "and that doesn't appear to be the case at all."

While the CDC reports over 800 deaths in four West African countries, an outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely.

Restaurant introduces diners to sign language

Restaurant introduces diners to sign language »Play Video
There's a new restaurant in Canada with a twist. You don't have to speak to place your order, and many of the staff are deaf. As Lorenda Reddekopp reports, the owners hope it will become a popular hangout place for everyone.

Building a home using Styrofoam?

Building a home using Styrofoam? »Play Video
A Texas couple is putting a unique spin on home building by using unique materials to build their family home. Cheyenne Simpson explains how you build a home out of Styrofoam and concrete.

Cooking on a molten bed of lava

Cooking on a molten bed of lava »Play Video
Behold the first steak ever grilled... On lava! Jeanne Moos reports this gastronomic eruption has been described as tasting like "the best steak ever."

Lobster saved by social media

Lobster saved by social media »Play Video
A lobster managed to dodge a dinner plate thanks to one woman's Facebook campaign. She saw the lobster, which had rare coloring, at a Publix and decided to save it. Jason wheeler reports.

Teen amputee trains for MMA fights

Teen amputee trains for MMA fights »Play Video
Some of the best mixed martial artists train in New Mexico. Many of them compete at the highest levels of MMA. But World Championships will probably not impress you the way one Albuquerque teen will. Orlando Sanchez introduces us to a kid who's gained the respect of the fighting community, without the use of one arm and both legs!

Robot hitching cross country all by itself

Robot hitching cross country all by itself »Play Video
Your parents told you never to pick up hitchhikers, but this is an exception. A robot is trying to hitchhike across Canada by himself (herself or itself?) It's called "Hitchbot" and its creators started its journey by leaving him on the side of the road. CNN's Jeanne Moos has more on his journey.

Y'all want to get rid of my accent?

Y'all want to get rid of my accent? »Play Video
If you have a southern accent -- would you consider saying "goodbye" to "howdy, y'all"? The Oak Ridge National Laboratory was going to offer a speech class for it's workers to do just that. But enough people complained at the lab -- to get it canceled for good. Cameron Taylor has more.

What you need to know about tree removal

What you need to know about tree removal »Play Video
Many professional offer free, on-site estimates. Beware of any company that gives an estimate over the phone without looking at the tree.

A few years ago, homeowner Troy Carpenter noticed the emerald ash borer beetle was killing his trees. 

"You start noticing when the canopy thins out and eventually they don't have any leaves," he said. "We thought we could treat about half of them that seemed to have somewhat healthy canopies."

When the treatments didn't work, Carpenter had no other choice but have the trees removed.

"Over the course of the last two years, we had about 17 trees taken out," he said. "All ash trees."

Photos: African safari with Oregon mission group

Photos: African safari with Oregon mission group
KBOI 2News photographer Mary Kienzle, along with a team from Oregon, recently went on a mission trip to Kenya, Africa building a home for a less fortunate family. Toward the end of the trip, she spent three days on a safari in the Maasai Mara area. Photo by Mary Kienzle
KBOI 2News photographer Mary Kienzle, along with a team from Oregon, recently went on a mission trip to Kenya, Africa building a home for a less fortunate family. Toward the end of the trip, she spent three days on a safari in the Maasai Mara area. Photo by Mary Kienzle