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NORTHWEST NEWS

‘Feeling Our Age’: Oregon Artist Explores Aging Through Portraiture

64 women were painted and asked to reflect on lives well lived.

Off-Duty Guard Charged With Killing Seattle-Area Teen After Mistaking Toy for Gun, Authorities Say

Prosecutors charged 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers on Monday in connection with the death of Hazrat Ali Rohani. Myers was also charged with assault after authorities say he held another teen at gunpoint. His attorney says Myers sincerely believed he was stopping a violent crime.

James Beard Finalists Include an East African Restaurant in Detroit and Seattle Pho Shops

The James Beards Awards are the culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars. For restaurants, even being named a finalist can bring wide recognition and boost business.

Ranked-Choice Voting Expert Grace Ramsey on What Portland Voters Can Expect in November

Ramsey has worked in several other states and cities to educate voters on new system of voting. 

NEWS BRIEFS

Juneteenth 2024 Events in Portland and Seattle

View events celebrating Juneteenth in the Portland and Seattle area ...

Kobi Flowers Crowned 2024 Rose Festival Queen

Flowers has been active in her school community as member of the leadership team at Self Enhancement, Inc., Varsity Cheer...

Summer Events are Shining Through at Multnomah County Library

Start your June by honoring Juneteenth, celebrating Pride and playing the Summer Reading game. ...

PCCEP Forum on Brain Injuries, Policing and Public Safety

This event will feature speakers with lived experience of brain injuries and the criminal justice system, and policy professionals ...

Chaz Ebert Book Signing Event at Powell’s This Weekend

Ebert's new book explores The FECK Principles—a term Chaz coined—of Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion and Kindness as four...

Washington state's Makah tribe clears major hurdle toward resuming traditional whale hunts

SEATTLE (AP) — The United States granted the Makah Indian Tribe in Washington state a long-sought waiver Thursday that helps clear the way for its first sanctioned whale hunts since 1999. The Makah, a tribe of 1,500 people on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, is the...

Washington state's Makah tribe is granted a waiver that helps clear the way for it to resume traditional whale hunts

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's Makah tribe is granted a waiver that helps clear the way for it to resume traditional whale hunts....

Josh Sargent out for Colombia friendly, could miss Copa America

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — United States forward Josh Sargent could miss Saturday's friendly against Colombia and could be dropped from the Copa America roster. A 24-year-old from O'Fallon, Missouri, Sargent scored 16 goals in 26 league games with Norwich in England's second-tier League...

Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

Nation’s Growing Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps Need Policy Reform

Never-married Black women have 8 cents in wealth for every dollar held by while males. ...

New White House Plan Could Reduce or Eliminate Accumulated Interest for 30 Million Student Loan Borrowers

Multiple recent announcements from the Biden administration offer new hope for the 43.2 million borrowers hoping to get relief from the onerous burden of a collective

Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

NNPA NEWSWIRE – MAGA proponents peddle baseless claims of widespread voter fraud to justify voter suppression tactics that disproportionately target Black voters. From restrictive voter ID laws to purging voter rolls to limiting early voting hours, these...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Phoenix police have pattern of violating civil rights and using excessive force, Justice Dept. says

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police violate people’s rights, discriminate against Black, Hispanic and Native American people when enforcing the law and use excessive force, including unjustified deadly force, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. The government found a “pattern...

Washington state's Makah tribe clears major hurdle toward resuming traditional whale hunts

SEATTLE (AP) — The United States granted the Makah Indian Tribe in Washington state a long-sought waiver Thursday that helps clear the way for its first sanctioned whale hunts since 1999. The Makah, a tribe of 1,500 people on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, is the...

Washington state's Makah tribe is granted a waiver that helps clear the way for it to resume traditional whale hunts

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's Makah tribe is granted a waiver that helps clear the way for it to resume traditional whale hunts....

ENTERTAINMENT

Meet Will Butler, the singer-songwriter who makes Broadway's 'Stereophonic' rock

NEW YORK (AP) — The assignment was daunting: Write a song for an onstage moment of transcendence. Make it kind of funny and exciting and for a five-piece band. Write it so it justifies an audience sitting in their seats for two hours before they hear it. And, oh, it must plausibly be a rock hit...

Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

NEW YORK (AP) — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. The...

Book Review: Yume Kitasei explores space in a heist-driven action adventure novel

Grad student Maya Hoshimoto is having a hard time settling down on Earth after a thrilling career as an art thief, stealing looted objects and returning them to their people. So when her best friend Auncle — an octopus-like being from another solar system — offers one last job, of course she...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

G7 leaders agree to lend Ukraine billions backed by Russia's frozen assets. Here's how it will work

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed to engineer a billion loan...

The Latest | Israel stands behind Gaza cease-fire proposal, says US national security adviser

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Thursday pushed back against assertions that Israel isn’t fully...

Tatum, Brown help Celtics hold off huge Dallas rally for 106-99 win, 3-0 lead in NBA Finals

DALLAS (AP) — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shared a long hug after helping Boston avoid the biggest collapse in...

EU Commission asks 3 major porn sites to give details on kids' protection measures under digital law

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is asking three of the world’s biggest pornography sites to provide...

Milei's radical overhaul passes Argentina's Senate after protesters clash with police

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina’s Senate narrowly approved President Javier Milei ’s sweeping...

Aspects of US restrictions on asylum-seekers may violate international protections, UNHCR chief says

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday he understands that the Biden administration...

Greg Risling the Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California's attorney general has subpoenaed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac looking into their lending practices in the state, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The subpoenas were issued to the two firms as part of a state investigation, the person told AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk about it publicly.

Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Kamala Harris, declined comment. Representatives for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also did not comment.

State investigators will be looking at Freddie and Fannie's involvement in more than 12,000 foreclosed properties in California where they served as landlords, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the story. They also want to find out what role the two agencies played in selling or marketing mortgage-backed securities, the newspaper reported.

The issuance of subpoenas is the latest move by Harris to examine the actions within the mortgage industry that decimated California's housing market and led to a wave of foreclosures.

Harris has created a task force that is pursuing criminal charges and civil judgments in mortgage fraud cases.

She also recently announced that her office would not agree to a planned 50-state settlement over foreclosure abuses that federal officials and other state attorneys general are negotiating with major U.S. banks. She called the deal "inadequate for California homeowners," arguing that it gave bank officials too much immunity from civil litigation.

The nationwide talks have been designed to institute new guidelines for mortgage lending, which came under scrutiny after some homeowners were improperly foreclosed upon using faulty paperwork.

Earlier this month, Harris called upon Ed DeMarco, the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, to allow larger reductions of principal to help struggling homeowners.

The government rescued the pair of mortgage titans in 2008 after they nearly collapsed because of huge losses on risky mortgages they bought. Taxpayers have spent about $170 billion to rescue them, the most expensive bailout of the recent financial crisis.

Officials estimate the bailout could reach up to $220 billion through 2014.

This week, the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation that would suspend tens of millions of dollars in executive compensation packages at Fannie and Freddie and stop future bonuses.

A dozen executives at the firms received roughly $35.4 million in total salary and bonuses in 2009 and 2010. Fannie Mae CEO Michael J. Williams received about $9.3 million for the two years. Freddie Mac CEO Edward Haldeman Jr. was paid $7.8 million for the same period.

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