Heroes or criminals? Trump pardons 2 Oregon ranchers

In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)

SALEM, Ore. — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon were pardoned Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

Man recovering after being impaled by spike

Justin Firth, along with wife Anny and daughter Gentry, describe the series of events that led to him getting impaled by a bale spike while at work in Jerome at the end of June. He escaped what could have been a disabling injury. Jordon Beesley / Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — What started out as an ordinary workday for Jerome resident Justin Firth turned into a life-or-death situation after he was impaled by a 3-inch wide, 110-pound spike.

Man visiting all Oregon rivers for law’s anniversary

In a June 2018 photo, kayakers paddle through the Magic Canyon of the Chetco River. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act turns 50 this year. (Zach Collier/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — When Zach Collier paddled down the cool and clear upper Chetco River earlier this month, he couldn’t help but think back to events five decades ago that helped put him there.

Oregon man is passionate about falconry

Tink gulps a bit of quail meat fed to her by Carnahan. Weighing just 5½ ounces, the female sharp-shinned hawk hunts starlings, English sparrows and other small birds around Carnahan's Tangent-area farm on June 4, 2018. (Andy Cripe/Albany Democrat-Herald via AP)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Randy Carnahan works the swing shift at the Hollingsworth & Vose glass fiber plant in Corvallis.

Illegal fires ignite massive Colorado blazes, spur arrests

A wildfire burns up a steep canyon Sunday, July 8, 2018, near La Veta, Colo. (Helen H. Richardson /The Denver Post via AP)

DENVER (AP) — An illegal campfire likely ignited another destructive blaze in Colorado, an outcome authorities were trying to avoid across the hot, dry U.S. West by enforcing strict fire rules and closing some public lands.

Couple who prayed for healing plead guilty in baby’s death

Sarah Elaine Mitchell, right, and Travis Lee Mitchell, the parents of a twin girl who struggled to breath after a home birth, appear in court in Oregon City, Ore., Monday, July 9, 2018. The couple, members of the Followers of Christ Church, that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils, have pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of their premature daughter. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two members of an Oregon church that shuns traditional medicine in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oils pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide and criminal mistreatment in the death of their newborn daughter, who struggled to breathe for hours as family and friends prayed over her but did not seek medical care.

Judge warns against ‘piecemeal’ immigration court rulings

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to a rally in Great Falls, Mont. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge urged Congress and the president to set aside partisan differences on immigration in a ruling that allowed California to enforce some state sanctuary laws but warned that “piecemeal” court decisions were not a long-term solution to the nation’s heated immigration debate.

Phoenix metro area is hit by storm for second day

A monsoon storm sent this mobile home on top of a vehicle as this residence and other properties were severely damaged Monday, July 9, 2018, in Buckeye, Ariz. Arizona Public Service said the storm knocked out power lines late Sunday in Buckeye. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — A wall of dust enveloped the Phoenix metro area, turning daylight into darkness for more than an hour Monday, as a monsoon storm packing thunder and lightning, high winds and sheets of rain grounded flights and damaged property.

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