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Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

All of us have an image of the Oregon Trail. There’s the covered wagon. The mom with her bonnet. Dad handling the mules. A couple of kids riding shotgun. In that image, they’re probably all white. But here’s a little known fact. Some of those settlers were actually African-Americans. And now historians are trying to raise that profile and celebrate the importance of the African-American story along the Oregon Trail.

Kent Woman Charged With Aiding Somali Insurgents

Jul 23, 2014

A Somali immigrant was arrested by FBI agents in Kent, Wash. today. She's charged with handling money intended to help the insurgency group Al-Shabaab.

New Earthquake Maps Are Out

Jul 17, 2014
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The U.S. Geological Survey published its first updated earthquake maps in six years Thursday. The new maps show higher risks in the Pacific Northwest. The new maps are a synthesis of new research and up-to-date modeling techniques, applied to seismic hazards across the country.

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

Jul 16, 2014
Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

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There’s no need to roam too far from home to have a great summer vacation. The Northwest has many beautiful state parks for you to visit. The Northwest alone is home to more than 400 city, state and national parks! Here are just five Northwest state parks you’re going to want to check out.

1. Hells Gate State Park

Kevin Mooney / NICB

In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane. Meanwhile, the former top auto theft hot spot of Yakima made significant improvement in the last year.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho has the kind of law that the high court deemed unconstitutional. Clinics here rely on other measures aimed at protesters.

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Jun 20, 2014
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Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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Bellevue, Wash.-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.

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