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Environment

Oregon ranchers, feds defeat 2003 bull trout lawsuit

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Ranchers and the federal government have defeated a 15-year-old environmentalist lawsuit that claimed grazing imperils threatened bull trout in Oregon's Malheur National Forest. U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman has dismissed the complaint, which was originally filed by the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Center for Biological Diversity in early 2003....

Marijuana

12-year-old Oregon student accused of giving pot candy to others

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a Springfield seventh-grader has been charged with three counts of marijuana delivery near a school for allegedly giving edible pot that looked like candy to several eighth-graders. Springfield Police Lt. Scott McKee said Thursday that officials learned of the incident Monday when an eighth-grader went to the office at...

Science

NASA steps up its planet-hunting game with the launch of TESS

The spacecraft will scan almost all of the sky for neighboring stars, searching for the dips in their brightness that signal the presence of a planet. The goal: to find planets that are smaller than Neptune, with a radius less than about four times that of Earth.