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The Southern Oregon University football team will try to make history and become the first in program history to win an NAIA national championship on Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla. That has people on the SOU campus and far beyond in Southern Oregon and elsewhere taking notice.The eighth-ranked Raiders will face the seventh-ranked Marian (Ind.) Knights at 3 p.m. Eastern (noon Pacific) at Municipal Stadium, in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU.Southern Oregon's wild...

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ASHLAND — Thanks to recent snowfall, Mt. Ashland will open for the season on Friday, Dec. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. on a limited basis.The ski area will offer beginner terrain on the Sonnet chairlift with $7 lift tickets.

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Dave Granlund cartoon about Christmas season.

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The last 12 months may well mark the beginning of the end for the death penalty in America.This has been an inauspicious year for state-sponsored death. For the first time in recent history, a state other than Texas executed...

Updated at 12:02 PM

According to Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly, some Americans have declared war on Christmas. Special interest groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Humanist Association are “seeking to...

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 Jack Feinberg scored 17 points and Dominic Meads added nine but Ashland fell to North Valley, 58-44, in nonconference boys basketball action Tuesday at Mountain Avenue Gym.Chris Morsa led all scorers for North Valley with 18 points...

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. PAKISTAN SCHOOL SCENE OF HEART-WRENCHING LOSS

Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM

By Laura Firszt, NetworxDrywall (aka plasterboard, wallboard or Sheetrock) is a boon to the do-it-yourself weekend handyperson. This useful substance, composed of two heavy sheets of paper sandwiching a layer of gypsum plaster, is...

Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 6:52 AM

A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago for reasons that remain unclear, Australia's prime minister said Wednesday.

Posted Dec 17, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Starz has renewed the Golden Globe-nominated series The Missing for a second season, the network...

Updated Dec 17, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Five ways you can have fun this weekend:1. The big movies opening at theaters this week are “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the final movie (this one rated PG-13) of the J.R.R. Tolkien series directed by...

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