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‘He was very, very lucky’: Oregon climber survives fall into Mt. Hood volcanic gas crater

By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) – A climber who slipped from near the top of Oregon’s Mt. Hood, sliding 800 feet before plunging into a gaping hole that emits toxic volcanic gases, managed to survive the plunge and was in fair condition on Tuesday, officials said.  After sliding down the…

Federal judge strikes down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – A federal judge struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, saying that it violated the U.S. Constitution, in a ruling that was greeted by cheers from gay rights activists. The ruling came after Oregon’s attorney general announced in February that she would not defend…

Portland protesters bring pitchforks and torches to City Hall over anti-homeless proposal

Protesters in Portland, Ore., showed up at the doors of city hall carrying actual pitchforks and torches, to express their anger about proposals to change laws related to homelessness in the progressive city. Portland’s leaders have begun debating a bill that would allow police to target homeless people sitting on…

Couple arrested for bondage role-playing on Valentine’s Day

A couple in Portland, Oregon found themselves spending Valentine’s Day in jail after their bondage role-playing resulted in nine police cruisers being dispatched. Responding to reports that a naked woman was seen tied up in the back of a car with duct tape over her mouth, Portland police converged on…

Another presumed John Wayne Gacy victim turns up alive

When Ted Szal disappeared in Chicago 35 years ago, his family assumed that he had fallen victim to serial killer John Wayne Gacy. But Szal’s family got an early Christmas gift this year when they learned that he had been alive all this time and living in a suburb of…

Liberal Portland mayor emerges as Occupy critic

PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) – Portland Mayor Sam Adams is a self-described strong liberal, but despite sharing the politics of many anti-Wall Street protesters who rocked his city, he has also emerged as one of their harshest critics. Adams told Reuters this week in an interview at City Hall in Portland…

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