2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 10/08/2013 09:29 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


CLEVELAND (AP) – A prosecutor in Ohio says a former fugitive accused of operating a $100 million cross-country scam stole millions through ATM cash withdrawals and checks to himself. Testimony has started in the trial of a 67-year-old defendant who calls himself Bobby Thompson. Authorities identify him as Harvard-trained lawyer and former military intelligence officer John Donald Cody. He was arrested last year in Portland, where agents and deputy marshals found him with fake IDs and $980,000 in cash.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – State Police technicians who work with hazardous devices are warning people not to touch any marine markers found on the Oregon coast. The technicians recently were called to deal with three such markers in a week. The markers are used by military aircraft to mark floating locations and contain white phosphorous. Police say there’s a chance that some phosphorous might remain and might spontaneously ignite and cause serious injury.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a complaint from the creators of a conservative-leaning student newspaper at Oregon State University. Supporters of The Liberty filed the lawsuit in 2009, alleging university President Ed Ray and other school officials granted the official campus newspaper numerous distribution bins while arbitrarily limiting The Liberty’s reach.

SEATTLE (AP) – Federal prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against a former Oregon man who accused the FBI of having him tortured while overseas. Yonas Fikre (YOH’-nahs FEE’-kray) filed a lawsuit saying he was held for 106 days in the United Arab Emirates after refusing to cooperate with the FBI. Seattlepi.com reports Fikre now lives in Sweden.


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