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Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

One of the most important conceptual artists of our time, his works examine the representation of race and the politics of visual culture

Grocery Workers Union Ratifies Contract with Stores

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union has agreed a three-year contract for stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington

PCC Weighing Community Input on Workforce Training Center, Affordable Housing in Cully

Portland Community College is compiling the results of door-to-door and online surveys

Lawsuit Filed Against Hilton Hotels in “Calling His Mother While Black” Discrimination Case

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NEWS BRIEFS

Protesters Rally in Ashland to Demand 'Impeach Trump Now'

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Franklin High School’s Mercedes Muñoz Named Oregon Teacher of the Year

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Founder of Black Panther Challenge Creates Brand To Support Mental Health

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Authorities identify 63-year-old man in hunting accident

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Name of man released in Portland suspicious death Monday

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Bryant bounces back to lead Missouri over Mississippi

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Last week, when he heard a pop in his left knee after being hit low, Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant briefly saw his college football career pass before his eyes. The injury wasn't as bad as it looked, and Bryant played like his old self in a 38-27 victory over...

Missouri out to stop Ole Miss ground game in SEC matchup

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke has watched every game Missouri has played this season, and he was no doubt excited by the way Wyoming ran wild against the Tigers in their season opener.It should have portended good things for the Rebels' own vaunted rushing attack.But the more Luke looked at the video,...

OPINION

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

Rep. Janelle Bynum Issues Response to the Latest Statement from Clackamas Town Center

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Why Would HUD Gut Its Own Disparate Impact Rule?

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Despite U.S. Open Loss, Serena Williams Is Still the Greatest of All Time

Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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President of Bulgarian soccer resigns after fan racism, loss

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Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey's Syrian fighters

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Q&A: Julie Andrews on new memoir and her 'second career'

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AP Exclusive: Julie Andrews reflects on her Hollywood years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everyone is on their best behavior when Julie Andrews is around.It's early June in Los Angeles and Andrews is coming to film segments for a night of guest programming on Turner Classic Movies and speak about her new book, "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years," which...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Mexico: Families of slain police angry, AMLO defends policy

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Grieving family members of the 13 police officers killed in an apparent cartel...

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

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12 Democrats meet for first debate since impeachment inquiry

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EU: Brexit deal in sight but UK must still do more

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Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

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The Latest: Riot police break up unruly Barcelona protest

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Marcy Gordon AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers are asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Bank of America and other major banks improperly worked together to charge customers new monthly fees for using their debit cards.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and four other Democrats said Thursday that they've asked Attorney General Eric Holder to see if big banks violated antitrust laws before announcing the fees.

Welch said the lawmakers have no evidence of collusion. But he said the timing of the fees merits an investigation.

"You don't have a competitive marketplace," Welch said at a news conference.

Bank of America said last month that it would charge its customers $5 a month if they use their debit cards for purchases. Customers who use their cards only at ATMs will not have to pay the fee.

Chase and Wells Fargo are also testing $3 monthly debit-card fees in select markets.

The fees have sparked public outrage and helped fuel anti-Wall Street protests. Many have criticized the banks for charging to use debit cards after those same banks received hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded bailouts. Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo were among the recipients of rescue funds.

Bank of America, the nation's largest bank, said the monthly charge was necessary because the Federal Reserve this year capped the fees that it can charge merchants for swiping debit cards. Congress directed the Fed cap swipe fees under the financial overhaul law.

On Thursday, representatives for Bank of America and Chase declined to comment on the lawmakers' request for a probe. A representative for Wells Fargo wasn't immediately available for comment.

Also requesting the investigation were Democratic Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Mike Honda of California and Raul Grijalva of Arizona.

The lawmakers said statements made by some banks and their trade associations raise questions about possible coordination.

In a letter to Holder, the lawmakers cite an e-mail by the Texas Bankers Association to its members. The e-mail was sent after legislation failed that would have delayed the cap on swipe fees.

The e-mail said: "Now the industry must regroup and each and every one of you must decide how you are going to pay for the use of debit cards. It may be through a monthly fee."

The Merchants Payments Coalition, an organization of trade groups for a variety of retailers, supported the lawmakers' move.

Bank of America will start charging the fee early next year. Chase and Wells Fargo haven't said when they will make a final decision on whether to roll out the debit-card fee more broadly.

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