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Police: We Shot Man Who Aimed at Passing Cars

Portland cops say they wounded would-be carjacker

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer today shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp today. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street.... More »

To Ease Homelessness, Portland Eyes Micro-Homes

One design costs $20K—just over annual cost of an emergency shelter room

(Newser) - It isn't cheap for Portland, Ore., to house its sizable homeless population. An emergency shelter room costs $16,000 a year and lacks basic plumbing, and there aren't enough rooms to prevent 2,000 people from setting up shelters under bridges, on sidewalks, and in abandoned lots throughout... More »

Chicken Crosses Road, Portland Guy Calls Cops

'This is actually not a prank call,' he begins

(Newser) - It's the kind of story that almost has to come with a Portland dateline: It seems that on Monday evening, a concerned citizen called Portland's non-emergency line to report a chicken crossing the road. Prefacing his concern with, "Hi, um, this is actually not a prank call,... More »

Gunman, Student Dead in Oregon School Shooting

Shooter was reportedly a student there

(Newser) - A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore. The teen opened fire at Reynolds High School with a rifle while classes were in session about 8am, reports AP . He killed one student and then... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Portland's City Water Tests Positive for E. Coli

Residents told to boil it until further notice

(Newser) - Residents of Portland got some more not-so-great news today about their water: The city wants everybody to boil it for the time being because three separate E. coli tests came up positive, reports the Oregonian . The advisory affects 670,000 people, though a city official called the risk "relatively... More »

Portland Decides to Use Pee Water as Experiment

Water Bureau ended up flushing no more than 3M of the 38M gallons

(Newser) - Portland's Water Bureau administrators sounded fairly adamant when they said some 38 million gallons of water would have to be flushed from one of the city's reservoirs after a teen was caught peeing in it , even though the water tested negative for contamination. They've since somewhat changed... More »

Teen's Urine Ruins 38M Gallons of Portland's Water

19-year-old cited for public urination

(Newser) - Rest assured, Portland, Oregon: The water you drink is very, very clean. How sanitary? This sanitary: Water Bureau administrators are willing to flush 38 million gallons of the stuff and clean the open-air reservoir in order to make sure there's not the most miniscule amount of human urine in... More »

City to Girl: You Can't Sell Mistletoe, but You Can Beg

11-year-old runs into rules of vendors and panhandlers

(Newser) - An 11-year-old entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon, got a strange lesson in grown-up economics when she tried to sell mistletoe near the city's public market, reports KATU . A security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries—or she could just plunk down on... More »

Portland Again Rejects Fluoride in Bitter Vote

Stays biggest city in US without fluoridation

(Newser) - The good voters of Portland, Ore., have once again rejected plans to add fluoride to their water to combat tooth decay, keeping it the biggest American city without fluoridation. The city voted 60% to 40% to stay fluoride-free last night, the fourth such rejection since 1956, the Oregonian reports. Fluoridation... More »

Oregon Brewing Up a State Microbe

Saccharomyces cerevisiae , or beer yeast, would be first state microbe

(Newser) - US states have official flags and official flowers, but Oregon could become the first to have a state microbe—and a delicious microbe, at that. Oregon's microbe of choice is the Saccharomyces cerevisiae, better known as ale yeast, and the bill's sponsor hopes the measure will show appreciation... More »

Pilot Loses Consciousness 'Somewhere Over Oregon'

Meanwhile, another flight was diverted due to an unruly passenger

(Newser) - A pair of jets made emergency landings last night, in unrelated dramatic incidents. In one case, an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Portland, after its pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon," an airline spokesman tells the AP . A doctor on... More »

Ex-Roommate: Shooter Planned to Move to Hawaii

Might have been upset when plans fell through

(Newser) - It's not much, but the Oregonian has tracked down an acquaintance of mall shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts who provides an inkling of what was happening in the 22-year-old's mind: The acquaintance, who lived with Roberts for a few months earlier in the year, said Roberts had recently sold... More »

Police ID Oregon Mall Shooter

But don't know motive of Jacob Tyler Roberts, 22

(Newser) - Police have identified the gunman in yesterday's mall shooting near Portland, Oregon, as 22-year-old Jacob Tyler Roberts, reports the AP . They say they still don't know what prompted Roberts to don a mask and open fire with a semiautomatic rifle but say he acted alone. He had no... More »

Oregon Mall Shooting Gunman Wore Hockey Mask

Witnesses describe chaotic scene

(Newser) - Hundreds of people ran or took cover during chaotic scenes as a gunman opened fire in an Oregon mall yesterday, killing 2 people before apparently taking his own life. "I heard two shots and got out of the chair. I thought a red suit was a pretty good target,... More »

Couple Wins $2.9M for 'Wrongful Birth'

Would have terminated pregnancy if they knew baby had Down syndrome

(Newser) - An Oregon couple has been awarded $2.9 million in a case centered not around wrongful death, but wrongful birth. Ariel and Deborah Levy said they would have terminated their pregnancy had they known their daughter would have Down syndrome—but they were continually told the child would not. On... More »

Occupy Protest Partly Shuts Down Ports

Demonstrations hit California, Oregon, and Washington

(Newser) - Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters turned out today for a demonstration that succeeded in partially shutting down some of the West Coast's busiest ports. Authorities closed two terminals in Portland after arresting two people with weapons who claimed to be heading for the protest, the AP reports, while... More »

New Contender for Best 'Occupy' Photo

Female protester in Oregon takes pepper spray in the face

(Newser) - When an 84-year-old woman got pepper-sprayed in the face at Occupy Seattle, it seemed like an easy winner for "iconic" Occupy photo. Not so fast: Photographer Randy Rasmussen of the Portland Oregonian snapped an image yesterday of a young woman also taking a blast of pepper spray directly in... More »

Cops Storm Occupy Portland

50 Busted, Protesters Take to Streets

(Newser) - Hundreds of defiant protesters took to the streets yesterday after cops stormed Occupy Portland encampments and busted 50 people. Mayor Sam Adams ordered the camps shut because of what he called unhealthy conditions and increased crime triggered by drug users and thieves drawn to the sites, reports AP . Authorities erected... More »

Gore Won't Face Charges in Masseuse Case

Oregon woman alleged 'sex poodle' assaulted her

(Newser) - A prosecutor says former Vice President Al Gore won't be prosecuted over allegations by a masseuse that he groped and assaulted her in his Portland, Ore., hotel room in 2006. DA Michael Schrunk said in a statement today the case has numerous problems and isn't appropriate for a criminal prosecution.... More »

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