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Roxanne Loomis, a local nurse whose need for a kidney transplant, visits the site of a billboard she rented off I-5 in south Eugene, Ore., that she hopes will help her connect with someone willing to donate a kidney. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 12:32 P.M.

Oregon woman uses billboard to request kidney donation

An Oregon woman who needs a kidney transplant is trying to reach potential donors through a highway billboard. Roxanne Loomis, 64, a Eugene nurse, has been on the kidney donor list for four and a half years, reported the Register-Guard. She learned that her kidneys were failing in 2004 and took steps to deal with the disease, but her kidneys were barely functioning by 2014.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks at a news conference in his campaign office in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (Elena Ignatyeva / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:57 A.M.

Court bars Russian opposition leader from presidential race

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted Wednesday in a retrial of a 2013 fraud case and given a suspended sentence, a ruling that bars him from running for president next year and appears to reflect the Kremlin’s reluctance to let President Vladimir Putin’s most charismatic foe into the field.

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, file photograph, a black cat lounges on a small bed in Morristown, N.J. New Jersey could become the first state to prohibit veterinarians from declawing cats. (Mel Evans / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:17 A.M.

To declaw cats or not? New Jersey could be first with ban

Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing. The measure, which cleared the lower chamber of the Legislature last month, bans onychectomies and flexor tendonectomies on a cat or any animal unless a veterinarian deems them medically necessary. Sponsors in the state Senate are reviewing possible changes, and it’s not clear when it will move forward.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:05 A.M.

Groups clash on Oregon bus; boy stabbed

PORTLAND – Springfield police are looking for a suspect accused of stabbing a boy following a dispute on a bus. Sgt. David Lewis says Tuesday’s incident began when two groups of young men got into an altercation on the bus. ...

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In this Sept. 11, 2014, file photo, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy listens during a trustees meeting in Urbana, Ill. (Rick Danzl / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 10:30 A.M.

RFK’s son Chris Kennedy announces run for Illinois governor

Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy will join the Democratic race for Illinois governor, campaign aides to the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy said. “Today I am announcing my run for governor because I love Illinois,” Kennedy said in a statement. “But we have never been in worse shape. We don’t need incremental improvement. We need fundamental change in state government.”

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In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud talks to the Associated Press while visiting Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. (Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 10:13 A.M.

Former prime minister, a US citizen, wins Somalia vote

A former prime minister who holds dual Somali-U.S. citizenship was declared Somalia’s new president Wednesday, immediately taking the oath of office as the long-chaotic country moved toward its first fully functioning central government in a quarter-century.

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Demonstrators gather near a national wildlife refuge to protest against a group occupying the land Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, near in Burns, Ore. (Keith Ridler / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 9:58 A.M.

Judge restricts workers’ testimony about fear over Oregon ranching standoff

Federal wildlife employees will again be barred from testifying about any fear they felt during last winter’s armed occupation of a national bird sanctuary in southeastern Oregon. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown prevented such testimony during a trial last fall in which occupation leader Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants were acquitted of conspiring to impede workers from doing their jobs at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the 41-day protest.

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