Report Condemns FBI Violations In 2016 Clinton Probe But Finds No Political Bias

Updated at 7:51 p.m. ET A Justice Department watchdog on Thursday criticized former FBI Director James Comey for violating long-standing department guidelines and mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. The probe by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has already prompted reassignments and departures at the highest levels of the FBI. Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly left the bureau in January , as watchdogs raced to finish their report, and later was fired...

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JPR Live Session: Field Report (2018)

Cold wars come in a few sizes, but the warm wars -- the ones that burn and give off a fair amount of long stares and result in exasperation and quivering faces — are the ones that Christopher Porterfield of Field Report worries about on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin band’s third album, Summertime Songs . They’re suntanned and wind-swept. They’ve been crying and they’ve been drinking. These warm wars are the result of chaffing, of friction and boredom. They’re caused by everything and nothing at all, just guys deciding to act on a foggy and cowardly, oftentimes mistaken heart’s behalf. Some people give up and some people are given up on.

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Urban Tree Cover Retreating In America

The term "leafy neighborhood" came into common use a couple of years ago. It signifies what a lot of people want: some cool shady trees to blunt the harsh urban/suburban experience. Well, there's a problem there: research indicates that urban tree cover is diminishing, just as the planet is getting warmer. David J. Nowak studies this and other trends for the U.S. Forest Service.

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Antarctica Has Lost More Than 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice In 25 Years

Scientists have completed the most exhaustive assessment of changes in Antarctica's ice sheet to date. And they found that it's melting faster than they thought. Ice losses totaling 3 trillion tonnes (or more than 3.3 trillion tons) since 1992 have caused global sea levels to rise by 7.6 mm, nearly one third of an inch, according to a study published in Nature on Wednesday. Before 2010, Antarctica was contributing a relatively small proportion of the melting that is causing global sea levels...

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Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

It's been clear for many years that vitamin D helps keep bones strong, but studies have been inconclusive and conflicting about the vitamin's value in protecting against certain cancers, including colorectal cancer . Now a large international study provides the strongest evidence yet that vitamin D may indeed be protective against colorectal cancer and that a deficiency may increase the risk of this cancer. The findings appear Thursday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute . "For...

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After years of debate, the Portland City Council on Wednesday took a big step towards making the city’s old brick buildings more earthquake-safe.

U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Jun 13, 2018

The number of people dying by suicide in the United States has risen by about 30 percent in the past two decades. And while the majority of suicide-related deaths today are among boys and men, a study published Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics finds that the number of girls and women taking their own lives is rising.

A Willamette Valley cabinetmaker has fended off write-in challenges from the two major candidates for governor to win the Independent Party nomination during the May primary.

Brownsville resident Patrick Starnes finished with 6,030 votes, compared to 5,793 for Bend Republican Knute Buehler and 2,899 for Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in final but unofficial results, according to Oregon Elections Director Steve Trout.

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How Oregon and other tree-rich areas use their forests will figure prominently in both the creation and capture of greenhouse gases. 

Emissions studies show that Oregon's forest products industry creates the largest single chunk of the state's carbon emissions, through burning of fossil fuels in logging, among other activities.  At the same time, the forests themselves are capable of soaking up carbon emissions. 

A study that included Oregon State University calculated the carbon effects of several forest events: logging, reforestation, and fire among them. 

Remember when news got to us once a day, maybe twice?  Yeah, we barely do either. 

It bombards us all the time, through news and tweets and texts and more. 

Once a month we take stock of the media landscape with Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay, who teach Communications courses at Southern Oregon University

It's another rich month of material to consider: think Roseanne Barr and the tweet that killed a TV show. 

Why Are Asylum Seekers In Pacific Northwest Prisons?

Jun 13, 2018
Sally Ho / AP

The Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy on people who enter the United States without permission is having an impact here in the Pacific Northwest. Federal immigration officials have sent some of the people stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border to prisons in Oregon and Washington — including parents separated from their children.

After Oregon regulators failed to alert parents that their children were in imminent danger at a daycare in Southeast Portland, Gov. Kate Brown called on the state’s Early Learning Division to create a more robust vetting process for child care providers coming from a different state.

Oregon child care regulators believed children at Sunnyside Sprouts daycare were being mistreated. So they shut the daycare down last month. But they didn’t reach out directly to the parents to tell them why.

A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills. Here's Why.

Jun 13, 2018
Jes Burns/EarthFix

Over the past year, more than 10,000 tons of Oregon’s recycling have been dumped in landfills because there was nowhere else for them to go.

It’s one of the consequences of new restrictions on shipping recyclables to China

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Army veteran Bill Bruick spent his last night homeless lying on a tiny patch of dirt, now festooned with a pink flowering shrub behind a Food 4 Less grocery store in Riverside.

California Awards Millions In Grants Aimed At Stopping Tobacco Sales To Kids

Jun 12, 2018
Sammy Caiola / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento region is getting about $1.5 million to try to keep tobacco products away from kids. 

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