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SEATTLE — Paul Allen, the billionaire Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner and Microsoft co-founder, made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics this year by donating $100,000 to a group seeking to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Seattle Times reports that the June 14 donation, disclosed in mid-July, went to Protect the House, a committee headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. It's the biggest check Allen has ever sent to a federal political candidate or committee, according to a review of Federal Election Commission filings. SENT: 700 words. With AP Photos.


BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho ranch's attempt to block U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage grouse has attracted the support of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other top state Republican leaders. Otter, House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argue they should be involved in the lawsuit because they claim the federal government is refusing to follow the law while regulating sage grouse habitat. The three Republicans submitted their motion last month and are currently awaiting approval from a federal judge. By Kimberlee Kruesi. SENT: 500 words. With: AP Photo.


BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildfires in the U.S. have charred more than 10,000 square miles so far this year, an area larger than the state of Maryland, with large fires still burning in every Western state including many that are not fully contained. Whether sparked by lightning or humans, fire has long been a force shaping the landscape of the U.S. West. Hot, dry winds can whip flames into firestorms that leave behind charred wastelands prone to erosion and mudslides. Other fires clear out underbrush, open the forest floor to sunlight and stimulate growth. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 940 words. With AP Photos.


—SHOOTING-SALEM: Police say a person was hospitalized after being shot in Salem.

—FOOD PANTRY CLOSURE: A food pantry in central Oregon is ending its operations, citing a lack of money, volunteers and grant funding.

—FATAL BOATING ACCIDENT: A woman was killed and two others were injured after two boats collided in Camas, Washington.

—SHOPPING CENTER-SHOOTING: A shooting at the Gateway Shopping Center in Northeast Portland left one man injured.

—FOREST SERVICE-JOBS: The U.S. Forest Service is hiring 1,000 temporary workers for spring and summer of 2019 in Oregon and Washington.