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Oregon becomes latest state to halt executions

LOS ANGELES — The governor of Oregon announced a halt to executions in the northwestern US state, the latest to drop capital punishment as a penal option. Governor John Kitzhaber issued a temporary reprieve for a prisoner due to die next month, and said he would allow no more executions…

Former Sen. Hatfield, anti-war Republican, dies

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – Former Senator Mark Hatfield, a liberal anti-war Republican from Oregon, died on Sunday at age 89. In his 30 years in the Senate, Hatfield was one of the chamber’s most consistent voices against war and for curbing military spending, often putting him at odds with his…