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Fire crews rescue iguana from eastern Oregon house fire

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Fire crews slipped an oxygen mask over the face of a 20-pound iguana after rescuing the creature from a house fire in Oregon.Pendleton Fire Department Assistant Chief Shawn Penninger tells the East Oregonian ( that only an adult human and the reptile were home at the time of the fire on Friday afternoon. The person was unharmed.Penninger says crews removed the iguana from the heavily damaged home and gave it oxygen.

Habitual sex offender sentenced to life in prison

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A habitual sex offender has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ( that 49-year-old Terry E. Iversen received the sentence Friday in Washington County Circuit Court.Iversen in January pleaded guilty to public indecency after getting caught masturbating on a MAX train in October.

N. Idaho man suspected of killing woman had no-contact order

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man suspected of killing his former fiancee before later apparently killing himself had been released from jail on a $10,000 bond and a no-contact order with the woman.A Kootenai County sheriff's deputy spotted 61-year-old Steven Denson's vehicle Thursday and heard a muffled gunshot after cutting off his escape route.

Everett man following fatal knife attack on woman

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have charged an Everett man with second-degree murder and first-degree assault following a knife attack that killed a 78-year-old woman and injured her 62-year-old daughter.The Daily Herald reports ( that court papers filed Friday list the charges against 31-year-old John Dimitri Kuljis.Barbara Decker died and Janine Shaffer sustained injuries in the Feb. 19 attack in Decker's Snohomish-area home.

Man accused of sex crimes once again convicted at retrial

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Falls man who won an appeal declaring a mistrial when he was convicted of molesting three girls was once again convicted of the offense.The Post Register reports ( ) that 56-year-old Jeffrey Dunn was convicted on Thursday of three counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 16 after a jury spent three days hearing his retrial.

Decision on sheep grazing in SW Colorado wilderness delayed

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has delayed its expected announcement on whether to continue allowing domestic sheep grazing in Colorado's largest wilderness area.In February 2016, the Forest Service released a proposed decision that determined domestic sheep grazing would continue in the Weminuche Wilderness in southwest Colorado, despite environmental concerns.Forest Service officials previously said a final decision would be announced this winter.

Man who shot police officer gets 30 years in prison

GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) — A 46-year-old man who shot a Gladstone police officer and held a woman hostage for two hours before being shot by a member of a SWAT team has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.Jeffrey Giddings apologized to the Subway restaurant worker he took hostage in a southern Portland suburb but directed an expletive at police before receiving the sentence Friday.

Springfield man convicted of stealing welfare benefits

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Springfield man who operated a rental property business worth $600,000 but claimed to have no income has been convicted of stealing $150,000 in welfare benefits.The Register-Guard reports ( that a jury in U.S. District Court in Eugene on Thursday convicted 82-year-old Parthava Behesht Nejad of wire fraud and theft.Authorities say Nejad received disability benefits since 2003 despite operating eight rental properties in Springfield.

Demolition resumes on Hanford plutonium plant

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has resumed.The Tri-City Herald reports ( that demolition of the Plutonium Finishing Plant's Plutonium Reclamation Facility resumed this week after being halted in late January when a radiation alarm sounded.The plant operated for decades making hockey puck-sized tablets of plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal.

Sun Valley Resort to remodel and expand Sun Valley Inn

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — Central Idaho officials have approved a request by Sun Valley Resort to remodel the Sun Valley Inn and expand it by 17,000 square feet.The Idaho Mountain Express reports ( that the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission approved the plan on Thursday.The project that will also renovate guest rooms is expected to start in September and be finished by June 2018.

E. Oregon rancher indicted after dead, starving cattle found

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon rancher has been indicted by a grand jury after authorities say they discovered dead and starving cattle.The East Oregonian reports ( in a story on Saturday that the indictment against 55-year-old Michael Hockensmith of Hermiston includes 14 counts of first-degree animal neglect and 186 counts of second-degree animal neglect.Each count in the indictment represents one animal in the herd.

Seattle declines to end Wells Fargo banking contract now

SEATTLE (AP) — Top officials in Seattle have sent a letter to Wells Fargo saying the city will honor its contract through the expiration date rather than cut ties now over the bank's role as a lender to the Dakota Access pipeline project.The Seattle Times reports ( ) Mayor Ed Murray, Council President Bruce Harrell and Councilmember Tim Burgess sent a letter to bank officials Friday saying a new bank will be found when their contract ends at the end of 2018.

Woman has threat to Washington governor charge dismissed

FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) — A 42-year-old woman has had a charge that she threatened the governor of Washington dismissed as part of a plea agreement.The Bellingham Herald reports ( ) 42-year-old Deborah Lindor of Ferndale pleaded guilty Thursday to a related felony charge of possessing methamphetamine.She was sentenced to 30 days in jail as recommended in the plea deal.

1 dead, 1 hospitalized after shooting in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Police say one person has died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound while another person was hospitalized in a shooting southeast of Portland in Corvallis.Corvallis police said in a news release that officers were called Friday afternoon on reports that a man had been shot alongside Highway 34.Police say witnesses told them the man had fatally shot himself.Police say a second person with a gunshot wound was found in a nearby wooded area.

SWAT standoff on the South Hill in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (KXLY) - A SWAT standoff occurred around 9 a.m. on Friday as police were called to a house on 1200 block of W. 17 th Ave in Spokane because of an assault. When they got there, the suspect,…

Vandals target Seattle synagogue, spray-paint with graffiti

SEATTLE (AP) -- Police say a Seattle synagogue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was vandalized with anti-Semitic Holocaust-denying graffiti. The Seattle Times reports a police officer discovered the spray-painted message Friday morning on an exterior wall of Temple De Hirsch…

Sergeant injured in shooting stand-off recovers

SPOKANE, Wash. (KXLY) - The Spokane Sheriff's Deputy who suffered a gunshot wound during a standoff with a domestic violence suspect has been identified as Sergeant H. J. Whapeles.Sergeant Whapeles sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, and was…

Bills alive, dead or signed in the Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state lawmakers are more than halfway through this year's 105-day legislative session, and fully funding education has been the top issue at the Capitol, with Senate Republicans and House Democrats having each passed their own…

Jury convicts 2 men of conspiracy in Oregon standoff

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury has convicted two men of conspiracy to impede federal officers during an armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.The verdict Friday handed prosecutors a measure of redemption after they failed to convict Ammon…

Federal judge not ready to rule on blocking new travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of President Donald Trump's initial travel ban says he won't immediately rule on whether his restraining order applies to the new travel ban because of procedural reasons.