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SALEM, (AP) — As dozens of horrified pilots and other aviation enthusiasts looked on, a small plane took off Friday from an airfield in the scenic Oregon town of Hood River then plummeted to the ground after its engine cut out, killing the pilot and his passenger.

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PORTLAND (AP) — A wind-driven grass fire that roared to life during rush hour in a residential neighborhood of Portland and prompted evacuations was intentionally set, fire authorities said Tuesday.

NEWPORT (AP) — People in blazers and strapped-on booties waded through the dark intake tunnel of a dam, flashlights in hand, stirring rust-colored silt into the water. Spiders and large black crickets scurried across the wet walls. And water trickled from seepage holes — vulnerable breakage …