The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.
The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.
The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire which occurred on October 8, 1871. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire the first National Fire Prevention Day was celebrated as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew's training mission near Depoe Bay on Sept. 12 was disrupted when a green laser lit up the cockpit. Green and red lasers pose a significant hazard to flight and boatcrews, especially when the helicopter crews are operating at low altitude at night or the boatcrews are battling treacherous conditions.
A log truck driver was arrested for DUII and traffic-relation charges Thursday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) after crashing his loaded log truck on Highway 47 north of Vernonia and damaging two utility poles and fencing.
The Astoria Warrenton Chamber is helping get the word out about a Astoria casting call for a new reality TV show called "Small Town Bachelor" According to the producers they are looking for a local eligible bachelor and the shows producers will bring a number of women from the big city who are tired of the large city experience and are looking for a small town guy.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with modest hiring trends.
The Labor Department says new applications rose by 4,000 from the previous week's level of 363,000. The previous week was revised higher from an initial reading of 359,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 375,000.
Oregon State University has canceled its promotion to "wear black" at a couple of football games this season because it is seen by some as racially insensitive.
The company planning a wave energy installation off Reedsport won't have its first buoy in the water this year as planned. Ocean Power Technologies says it managed to put one of three anchors in place, but the remaining two anchors will spend the winter in Reedsport while the power generation buoy is stored in Portland.
The Washington state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find a 20-year old Lincoln County resident wanted on multiple warrants that fled a traffic stop about ten days ago south of Depoe Bay. The man's family has not heard from him since the date he was last seen by OSP and they are also concerned for his welfare.
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