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US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail

The Yakima, Washington judge called the changes “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Black and Jewish Community Join to Revive Historic Partnership

United in Spirit Oregon brings together members of the NAACP, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, others to serve as peacemakers 

Feds Explored Possibly Charging Portland Officials in Unrest

Federal officials were told that Portland police officers were explicitly told not to respond to the federal courthouse

Latest: Report: Downed Power Lines Sparked 13 Oregon Fires

As wildfires continue to burn in Oregon and the west, here are today's updates.

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Black Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

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Today in History: Senate Confirms Nomination of First Female Justice to Supreme Court

On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the...

Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that are headquartered in Oregon with principal operations in Oregon are eligible. ...

Forest Service Explains 'Containment'

US Forest Service, Riverside Fire provides a special update to explain how they achieve wildfire containment. ...

Oregon Receives Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Wildfires

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Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of policing cuts

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Authorities: Wrong-way interstate driver caused fatal crash

Authorities say a wrong-way driver was involved in a three-car crash on northbound Interstate 5 in Portland, Oregon, leaving one person dead, another injured and the highway closed for about two hours.KOIN reports the wrong-way driver was reported around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday and as police were...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25.The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198.Of course, in this strange season of COVID-19, Ohio State's streak was...

Potential impact transfers this season aren't limited to QBs

While most of the offseason chatter surrounding college football transfers inevitably focuses on quarterbacks, plenty of notable players at other positions also switched teams and could make major impacts for their new schools this fall.Miami may offer the clearest example of this.Quarterback...

OPINION

Defeating a Demagogue: A Reminder from History

Mel Gurtov dedicates this column to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom he calls "a warrior for human rights, decency, and the rule of law" ...

SPLC Statement on the Passing of Rev. Robert S. Graetz Jr.

Graetz was the only white clergyman to publicly support the Montgomery Bus Boycott ...

Tell Your Senators: “Let the People Decide”

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Inventor Urges Congress to Pass Laws Upholding Patent Rights

German Supreme Court ruling prevents African American company Enovsys from licensing its widely used technology in Germany ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Recorded attack on Black runner is charged as a hate crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who was captured on video hurling a bottle and a racial slur at a Black runner in New York City has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment, authorities said Tuesday.Lorena Delaguna, 53, was arraigned in Queens criminal court on...

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

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Trump expands ban on US money for certain diversity training

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ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Millie Bobby Brown has fun with ‘Enola Holmes’

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Kevin Hart inks new multi-platform deal with SiriusXM

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Something unusual is missing among Nielsen's top programs

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular prime-time programs, something that once would have seemed inconceivable.Not a single scripted program is included — no drama or no comedy.The most-watched scripted show of the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Almost 500 pilot whales stranded on Australian island state

HOBART, Australia (AP) — More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, raising...

Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire's growth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lack of firefighting resources in the hours after it was sparked allowed a fast-moving...

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in rebuke of Trump

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AP PHOTOS: Moria, the migrant crisis that shook the EU

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Rights group: Dozens in Belarus investigated amid protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus, that's seen six weeks of protests against the country's...

What a gift: Russia offers UN staff free virus vaccines

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BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- The Libyan rebel council rejected a cease-fire proposal presented by an African Union delegation because it did not provide for the departure of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his top associates.

Libyan government forces, meanwhile, battered the rebel-held city of Misrata with artillery fire on Monday despite the announcement by the African mediators hours earlier that Gadhafi had accepted their cease-fire proposal.

Rebel council head Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the country's former justice minister, said the initiative "did not respond to the aspirations of the Libyan people" and only involved political reforms.

"The initiative that was presented today it's time has past," said Abdel-Jalil. "We will not negotiate on the blood of our matyrs."

The African negotiators met with Gadhafi late Sunday in the capital, Tripoli, and said he accepted their proposal for a cease-fire with the rebels that would also include a halt to the three-week-old international campaign of airstrikes.

The African Union delegation took its proposal to the rebels' eastern stronghold and was met with protests by crowds opposed to any peace until the country's longtime leader gives up power.

More than 1,000 people waved the pre-Gadhafi flags that have come to symbolize the rebel movement and chanted slogans against Gadhafi, whose more than 40-year rule has been threatened by the uprising that began nearly two months ago.

They said they had little faith in the visiting African Union mediators, most of them allies of Gadhafi who are preaching democracy for Libya but don't practice it at home.

The visit by the African delegation has taken place against a backdrop of weeks of fierce government bombardment of Misrata, the only major city in the western half of Libya that remains under partial rebel control.

The bombardment has terrorized the Mediterranean city, killed dozens of its civilian residents and left it short of food and medical supplies, according to accounts by residents, doctors and rights groups.

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