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Killer’s mother assisting in lawsuit against 2 gun dealers

Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 10:57 p.m.

This Dec. 25, 2012, photo taken by Andrew Wiegardt using a timer  shows him with his brother, Nick Wiegardt, right, and their mother, Kirsten Englund, who was killed in April 2013. (Andrew Wiegardt / AP)
PORTLAND – Three years ago, a 30-year-old mentally ill man fatally shot a California woman as she admired a scenic view on the Oregon Coast, using one of three weapons acquired by his mother from gun dealers. The family of the dead woman, 57-year-old Kirsten Englund, filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this year against two gun dealers who sold the firearms and against the killer’s mother, Diane Boyce.

Police officer shoots, kills Wyoming man at Billings hotel

Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 9:56 p.m.

Investigators work at the scene of a shooting Thursday at the Days Inn  in Billings. (Casey Page / Associated Press)
A police officer shot and killed a 32-year-old Wyoming man in a hotel in Montana’s largest city early Thursday after the man allegedly turned toward officers while holding a handgun, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said.

Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff

Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 4:32 p.m.

In this Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, a protestor, who would only identify himself as Robert, flies an upside down United States flag outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., during the trial for the Bundy brothers and five others. (Don Ryan / Associated Press)
A jury delivered an extraordinary blow to the government Thursday in a long-running battle over the use of public lands when it acquitted all seven defendants involved in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in rural southeastern Oregon.

Deliberations resume in Oregon refuge standoff trial

Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:59 a.m.

In this Jan. 22 photo, Ammon Bundy sits at a desk  at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. (Keith Ridler / Associated Press)
An alternate juror arrived at the federal courthouse in Portland on Thursday, allowing deliberations to resume in the trial of Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants who took over a federal wildlife refuge.

Snake River salmon, steelhead recovery plan released

Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 11:44 a.m.

In this 2012 file photo, a sockeye salmon, left, swims past a chinook salmon, center front, and shad, above, at the fish counting window at the Bonneville Dam near Cascade Locks, Ore. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Federal officials say changes in how dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers are operated are needed to improve migratory conditions for protected runs of Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead.

Oregon surfer punched shark in gills to survive

Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 4:55 p.m.

Joseph Tanner exhibits his still-healing injuries after he survived a shark attack while surfing on the Oregon Coast on Oct. 10. He spoke with media Wednesday at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he is a critical care nurse. (Stephanie Yao Long / AP)
Joseph Tanner, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene and graduated from Lake City High School, was resting his arms on his surf board, his lower body dangling in the water, when something grabbed his right leg and yanked him under the waves. In an instant, Tanner knew he was being attacked by a shark in the chilly waters off the northern Oregon coast and he wondered if he would die.

Juror replaced in Oregon standoff trial amid bias concerns

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 3 p.m.

In this Jan. 5 file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks during an interview at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., during the trial for the Bundy brothers and five others. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
A judge overseeing the trial of Ammon Bundy and six others accused in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge dismissed a juror Wednesday after his impartiality was questioned by a fellow juror.

Award-winning poet Lucia Perillo dies at 58 in Olympia

Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 11:28 p.m.

Lucia Perillo, an award-winning poet who wielded a fine-edged wit, unflinchingly dissecting mortality in verses that drew upon her suffering from multiple sclerosis, died Oct. 16 at her home in Olympia. She was 58.

Moscow, Idaho, triple murderer wants to take back pleas

Tue., Oct. 25, 2016, 4:09 p.m.

This is a booking mug of Moscow, Idaho, convicted killer John Lee, who shot four people, three fatally, before being apprehended. (Whitman County Sheriff / The Spokesman-Review)
A Moscow man convicted of killing three people last year is asking to withdraw his guilty pleas. John Lee, 31, filed a two-page handwritten motion Monday arguing he was “not in the right state of mind” when he entered the pleas.

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