Gang violence drops in Portland so far this year

In this September 2017 photo, Lucy Mashia poses for a portrait in Portland, Ore., while showing one of her favorite photos of her son, Leonard James "L.J." Irving, who was killed in a gang related shooting. Portland police have handled 81 gang shootings so far this year - and that's actually a hopeful number for the officers who work on a team dedicated to trying to keep the violence at bay, their boss says. (Olivia Dimmer/The Oregonian via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police have handled 81 gang shootings so far this year — and that’s actually a hopeful number for the officers who work on a team dedicated to trying to keep the violence at bay, their boss says.

Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison

Corrine Coffman, with the Bureau of Land Management operated Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, holds Great Horned Owl, Archimedes, as inmates from Snake River Correctional Institution look on, Sept. 8, 2017. The lecture took place at Snake River Correctional Institution. (Hunter Marrow /Argus Observer via AP)

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and ecology groups visited to educate them about owls within the state of Oregon.

Mom who rushed to shooting scene had purse stolen

An undated security video image released by The Spokane County Sheriff's Office shows a person of interest in the theft of a purse of a parent who rushed to check on her child following the school shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. Authorities say the purse was stolen Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, as parents converged on Freeman High School, where a gunman had opened fire, killing one student and injuring three others. (Spokane County Sheriff's Office via AP)

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a thief who made off with the purse of a parent who rushed to check on her child following the school shooting this week in Washington state.

Spanish-English immersion classes bear rich fruit

Wy'east Middle School sixth-graders Liz Rangel, from left, Grace Smith, Diego Ku Bauzo and Audrey Shillinger dust off fossils during Evergreen Public Schools' dual immersion class in Vancouver, Wash., on Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, 2017. The students have been in the same class, where they are instructed in both Spanish and English, since 2011 when they entered kindergarten. "We're like family," Grace said. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian via AP)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — To the untrained ear, it’s hard to follow Wy’east Middle School teacher Amy Matsumoto’s humanities class. After all, at a predominantly white school in central Vancouver, it’s not common to hear a teacher explain entirely in Spanish how to study and draw artifacts.

City agrees not to enforce ban on bikini baristas

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2010, file photo, a barista at a Grab-N-Go Bikini Hut espresso stand holds money as she waves to a customer, just outside the city limits of Everett, Wash., in Snohomish County. Seven bikini baristas and the owner of a chain of the coffee stands called "Hillbilly Hotties" sued the city of Everett, Washington, on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, saying two recently passed ordinances banning bare skin violate their right to free expression. The proprietor of another chain, the Grab-N-Go espresso huts, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor after he employed a 16-year-old girl at his stands. Prosecutors said his business model relied on the baristas performing lewd shows. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Everett, Washington, has agreed not to enforce its ban on bikini baristas while it’s challenged in court.

Car plows into crowd at Boise car show; 11 hurt

Police block off the scene were the driver of a Porsche injured eight bystanders after losing control of the sports car near the Boise Spectrum 21 theaters Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Police say the driver of the gray Porsche accelerated rapidly while leaving the Cars and Coffee event but lost control and ran into the nearby crowd. Ambulances took six people to hospitals and two others were taken by private vehicles. Police didn't provide any names or conditions.
(Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP)

BOISE (AP) — A Porsche plowed into a crowd of spectators at a Boise, Idaho, car show, injuring 11 in a horrifying scene that saw bystanders scrambling to tend to the injured, authorities and witnesses said.

Rain and snow help but won’t end wildfire season

This Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, image from video provided by the Hutton Incident Team shows the historic main Sperry Chalet building engulfed in flames in Glacier National Park, Mont. Glacier National Park's historic Sperry Chalet was lost to the Sprague Fire overnight. (Hutton IncidentTeam via AP)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Extra sleeping bags, heaters, coats and long underwear are sought-after commodities on Montana fire lines after rain, snow and cold replaced heat and smoke after about two rainless months.

Group expands its efforts to save shelter pets

In this July 22, 2017, photo, Ali Baas carries an armful of puppies into the Rescue Express bus during one of its regular trips to shelters between Eugene, Ore. and stops in California to rescue pets who might otherwise be euthanized. For almost three years, Rescue Express, a Eugene-based organization headquartered on a farm off McBeth Road, has functioned as an escape vehicle for cats and dogs that had been living in overcrowded California shelters, where they were under threat of being euthanized for lack of space to keep them. (August Frank/The Register-Guard via AP)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jasper, a large snow-white American Husky, jumped into the arms of animal rescuer Shafali Grewal, who said she wished she could keep him. They stood beside the Rescue Express bus, which was parked outside Almost Home Pet Boarding in San Fernando, California. Grewal petted Jasper while trying to disentangle herself from the leashes that two other dogs had wrapped around her legs.

Native American man fosters healing, understanding

In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 photo, Kevin Kickingwoman speaks to his class at Loyola Sacred Heart High School, in Missoula, Mont., where he is in his second year teaching Native American Studies. The course is now required for seniors at the Catholic high school. (Tommy Martino /The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Bridges are the sinew that holds Missoula together. They cross the Clark Fork River throughout town, but are so commonly used that they are almost invisible because they’re so important.

Environmentalists get win in climate change suit

FILE - In this April 30, 2007, file photo, a shovel prepares to dump a load of coal into a 320-ton truck at the Arch Coal Inc.-owned Black Thunder mine in Wright, Wyo. A federal appeals court has sided with environmentalists trying to block mining at the two biggest coal mines in the U.S. on the grounds the coal contributes to climate change. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere.

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