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Appeals court upholds gun rule
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the government's right to demand that gun dealers in Southwestern border states tell authorities if someone buys more than two semi-automatic rifles within five days.

The 10th U.S Circuit Court of appeals said it was siding with other appellate courts in affirming a lower court's decision in favor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Ron Peterson Firearms of Albuquerque and two other gun shops filed suit challenging a demand letter from the ATF to certain gun shops in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The letter requires them to notify authorities if someone buys more than two of the rifles in a five-day span.

The letter was issued as part of an ATF effort to crackdown on weapons trafficking to Mexico.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say a private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered their air assault.

State fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff says the drone was sighted above the fire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento on Sunday, the day after the fire broke out.

The person controlling the unmanned aircraft, whom she did not identify, was trying to get video of the blaze and was told to stop by authorities because of the potential danger to firefighting planes.

The fire — one of two that has forced evacuations in California — has burned through a little under 6 square miles and was 65 percent contained.

 Some of the roughly 1,200 people under evacuation orders were allowed to return to their homes Monday morning.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Sea star disease strikes Washington marine centers
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The disease wreaking havoc on wild sea star populations on the West Coast has struck captive collections on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1zmgUJP ) Monday that sea stars at Port Townsend's Marine Life Center and Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles have died of the disease, known as sea star wasting.

In Port Townsend, 12 ochre stars have died, while the illness eliminated a species from the tanks in Port Angeles. Both centers pipe in ocean water for their tanks. Experts believe the disease is infectious and might be caused by bacteria or a virus.

Caretakers at the Olympic Peninsula's marine science centers don't intend to replace sea stars until they feel more confident they can keep them alive. They also want to avoid taking breeding adults that might be needed to replenish wild colonies.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

Oregon wildfires wind down, more lighting coming
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Most of the large wildfires burning east of the Cascades in Oregon for the past two weeks are at or near containment. But a new round of intense lighting storms is forecast this week, particularly across central Oregon.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland reported Monday that six of the 11 large wildfires are at 80 percent to fully contained.

The largest is the Buzzard Complex, which is 98 percent contained after burning 618 square miles of rangeland about 45 miles southeast of Burns.
Isolated lightning is forecast starting Monday and Tuesday in southern Oregon, particularly east of the Cascades. Wednesday through Sunday lightning storms are expected to become more intense from Central Oregon to the Idaho border, with moderate to heavy potential for starting large fires.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 

Ethiopian athletes reported missing Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A University of Oregon spokeswoman says four members of the Ethiopian track team have been missing since Saturday from the World Junior Championships.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports the four athletes are three women and a 17-year-old boy.

University spokeswoman Julie Brown says it's possible the athletes are staying with friends and family elsewhere in the state, but the university has not been able to confirm that.

Brown says that despite speculation, it also has not been confirmed if the athletes are seeking asylum.

Brown says the UO Police Department is leading a missing persons investigation with assistance from Eugene police, Portland police and the FBI.

The 30-member Ethiopian team consists of 17 females and 13 males, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations website.

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Information from: The Register-Guard

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Record coal exports in recent years are helping the U.S. appear to be making more progress on global warming than it is. But they may not be helping the planet.

As America gets greener, and produces more energy, it has sent more dirty fuels abroad, saddling other countries with cleaning up the exported pollution.

This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's plans to curb global warming. But the administration doesn't want to figure out how much coal exports are contributing to global warming. It says the impact is small.

U.S. coal consumption declined by 195 million tons from 2008 to 2013. About 20 percent of that coal was exported.

Exports are expected to grow as global demand grows and the U.S. further cleans up its power sector.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man arrested after alleged assault with machete
ASHLAND, Ore. -- A man was allegedly assaulted with a machete after an argument over living arrangements on an Ashland hillside, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. 

Isaac Lindsey, 28, reported Jon Coldwate, 45, confronted him and three other people who were living in the wooded area adjacent to Highway 99 while allegedly swinging a machete, yelling he was going to kill them. 

Police say Coldwate sliced Lindsey's hand with the machete, resulting in an extremely deep cut to the palm of his hand that required numerous stitches. He then fled the scene. 

A K-9 team searched the area, but was unable to locate to the man.

 Coldwate was arrested Sunday evening after deputies received a tip about his whereabouts. 

Coldwate was transferred to the Jackson County Jail and charged with first-degree Assault and Menacing. His bail has been set at $1,004,000. 

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