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PORTLAND, Oregon | Oregon fire crushes hopes of wheat farmers during harvest

PORTLAND, Ore. — Farmers rushed to save their livelihoods as a wildfire roared through vast Oregon wheat fields Thursday and crushed their hopes at the peak of what was expected to be one of the most bountiful harvests in years. Farmers used water tanks on the backs of pickup trucks and tractors to battle flames … Continue reading PORTLAND, Oregon | Oregon fire crushes hopes of wheat farmers during harvest

MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach

MOSCOW — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:24 a.m. Jorge Sampaoli is out as Argentina coach, two weeks after his team was beaten by France in the World Cup round of 16. The Argentina soccer federation says it reached a “mutual agreement” to terminate his contract. Sampaoli took over … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Sampaoli out as Argentina coach

MADISON, Wisconsin | Subcontractor ‘on site’ ahead of fatal Wisconsin blast

MADISON, Wis.  — A communications company said Thursday that a subcontractor was working “on site” before an explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter this week. Authorities have said a crew punctured a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday, resulting in an explosion that damaged five buildings and killed Sun Prairie Fire Department … Continue reading MADISON, Wisconsin | Subcontractor ‘on site’ ahead of fatal Wisconsin blast

QUIMPER, France | Sagan wins hilly Tour stage as Froome avoids trouble

QUIMPER, France  — Peter Sagan had the yellow jersey holder to thank for his victory on Stage 5 of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Chris Froome could also thank his Team Sky colleagues for keeping him out of danger — and helping overcome a mechanical problem — in the race’s first hilly stage. Greg … Continue reading QUIMPER, France | Sagan wins hilly Tour stage as Froome avoids trouble

HORNBROOK, California | California fire kills 1 as heat stokes blazes in Western US

HORNBROOK, Calif. — A wildfire raging through drought-stricken timber and brush near California’s border with Oregon killed one person and destroyed multiple structures as it burns largely out of control, authorities said Friday. No other details were released about the death blamed on the fire that threatened 300 homes near Hornbook, a town of 250 … Continue reading HORNBROOK, California | California fire kills 1 as heat stokes blazes in Western US