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Report: Perry Joining New Season of 'Dancing With the Stars'

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An entertainment website is reporting that former Gov. Rick Perry will be joining the new season of "Dancing With the Stars," but Perry's camp declined to comment on the report Monday night.

In court documents filed Monday, prosecutors in the upcoming Malheur refuge trial detailed their version of what happened surrounding Facebook evidence they mishandled.

“Due to an issue in the discovery process, the government inadvertently provided 11 Facebook accounts in their entirety to all defendants in Volume 39 of discovery,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Bradford wrote in a memo to the court.

Oregon Schools Face A Plethora Of Environmental Concerns

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H.B. Lee Middle School sits in Gresham. It was built 50 years ago and is showing its age — it’s dusty and there’s lead in the water and in the paint.

Still, teacher Mark Hardin loves the school, especially the library.

“It has really excellent acoustics and one of the reasons it has great acoustics is all that popcorn asbestos all around the walls," he said. "That’s why there’s nothing posted up on those walls because they’re all 1966 technology. And it’s fine, so long as we keep it sealed.”

Latino Population Growing Quickly In Oregon

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Oregon's Latino population is growing much faster than the rest of the state. That's one of the findings of a report released Monday by the Oregon Community Foundation.

Latinos make up 12 percent of Oregon's population. That's below the national rate, but since 2000 the number of Latinos in Oregon has increased by 72 percent. That's a far bigger growth rate than that of whites in the state.

The median age for Latinos in Oregon is also just 24, compared to 41 for the white population. Researcher Caitlin Ruffenach worked on the report for the Oregon Community Foundation.

Isaac Asimov inspired roboticists with his science fiction and especially his robot laws. The first one says:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Artist and roboticist Alexander Reben has designed a robot that purposefully defies that law.

"It hurts a person and it injures them," Reben says. His robot pricks fingers, hurting "in the most minimal way possible," he says.

Everywhere you turn, it seems, there's news about the human microbiome. And, more specifically, about the bacteria that live in your gut and help keep you healthy.

Those bacteria, it turns out, are hiding a big secret: their own microbiome.

A study published Monday suggests some viruses in your gut could be beneficial. And these viruses don't just hang out in your intestines naked and homeless. They live inside the bacteria that make their home in your gut.

Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American supporter of Donald Trump who has been defending the candidate's recent outreach to minority voters in the media, tweeted a cartoon Monday of Hillary Clinton in blackface, mocking her outreach to black voters.

In the cartoon, Clinton is standing at a podium holding a sign reading, "#@!* the police" and "I ain't no ways tired of pandering to African-Americans."

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over two proposed Minneapolis charter amendments. One of the measures would set a $15 an hour minimum wage in the city, and the other would require Minneapolis police officers to carry professional liability insurance.

On the minimum wage issue, the city of Minneapolis is appealing a ruling made by Hennepin County District Court Judge Susan Robiner. Siding against the city, Robiner ordered the minimum wage proposal to go on the ballot in November.

Newly released government data paint a sobering picture of safety on the nation's roads and highways.

In 2015, the number of people who died in auto accidents reached 35,092, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 7.2% increase over 2014. The last time there was such a large single-year increase was back in 1966 when Lyndon Johnson was president.

It's a sweltering night in July and Los Angeles' Underground Museum is packed. "It's crowded and hot, but it feels really good," says vistor Jazzi McGilbert. Like much of the crowd, McGilbert is young, creative and African-American. She drove across town to this unassuming, bunkerlike storefront for an event that combines art and activism. The museum is one of her favorite spots in Los Angeles. "I like what it stands for," McGilbert says. "... And the art is incredible."

The company involved in a data breach involving Northwest fish and game licenses is a vendor the state of Washington has been trying to part ways with for years.

Wide-eyed Sakina Muhammad, who's 2, sits on her mother, Habiba's lap, on a bed in the ICU. Sakina is stick thin, her body withered and emaciated.

But she's one of the lucky ones — a malnourished child who came to the health facility in time to be saved. Many starving children don't make it.

Malnutrition is at a catastrophic level in northeastern Nigeria, where Sakina lives, says Doctors Without Borders. According to the medical aid group, the number of malnourished people could be as high as half a million. Children are starving — and dying.

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International corporations have been able to avoid punishment for toxic pollution and worse by appealing to a secretive and little-known international tribunal. It’s called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement program, or ISDS. An 18-month investigation by BuzzFeed raises serious questions about its judgement and its power.

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Gene Wilder died today. He was 83 years old. Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee. He rose to fame in 1968 when he starred in a movie that would become a classic, "The Producers" by Mel Brooks.

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Inside a courtyard, sandwiched between two old factories, men and women twist through the steps of salsa. On the sidelines, couples circle their hips and shoulders in anticipation of the next song. They sip beers and eat Puerto Rican comfort food.

It feels like a throwback, like a good old neighborhood barbecue, but it’s actually something of a community relations event put on by a private company that’s recently moved into the neighborhood.

Outside the gates a dozen or so people are protesting. They wave giant black flags that read "No Displacement."