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NORTHWEST NEWS

Abortion Remains Legal, Accessible in Oregon in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

Decision has no effect on Oregon’s Reproductive Health Equity Act that guarantees right to receive abortion, health care providers’ right to provide it

Black Man Police Killed in Clackamas County ID'd, Police Say He Had Gun

The shooting is being investigated by the Oregon City and Lake Oswego police departments.

WA, OR Leaders Skeptical About Pausing Gas Taxes

President Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months and urged states to do the same at the local level.

Mother-Daughter Mental Health Professionals Launch Organization for Black Professional Women

Mo Better Wellness, Connection, and Facilitation will offer wellness events and consulting.

NEWS BRIEFS

Increased Emergency Snap Benefits Continue in July

Approximately 422,000 households will receive an estimated million in extra food benefits ...

Opacity of Performance: Takahiro Yamamoto Opens at PAM

The Portland Art Museum marks a return to live art inside its galleries with a dance installation by Takahiro Yamamoto, the museum’s...

Portland's First Black Book Festival Launches on Juneteenth Weekend

She’s bringing together the community through books! ...

Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 50 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. View Juneteenth events...

Portland Public Schools Expands Weapons Ban

The action follows a bill the Oregon Legislature passed earlier this year giving schools the ability to prohibit concealed carry...

Inslee seeks abortion rights amendment to state constitution

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he will push for a state constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights within his state's borders, as well as laws that will make it difficult for other states to investigate whether their own residents have visited Washington for...

Authorities warn Northwest swimmers to beware risky waters

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are warning recreationists to be wary of risky waterways as hot weather hits part of the Pacific Northwest. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for most of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington state through Sunday, the...

OPINION

Quenn Tiye’s Kitchen

Centuries of indoctrination have ingrained into the minds of white and Black Americans that any aspect of Africanness is negative. ...

The Plan for Transforming Public Safety and Policing in the U.S.

Rising crime leaves communities feeling unsafe, however, police violence and killings of unarmed civilians demonstrate that pouring more money into more-of-the-same policing is not the answer. ...

What Is Afrofuturism? An English Professor Explains

Chambliss defines Afrofuturism as an intersection of speculation and liberation that’s inspired by the concerns of people of African descent. ...

Reflections on the Massacre of the Buffalo 10 & Racism

Former NY state senator and Buffalo native knew many of the people killed ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

LAPD officer who died was beaten in training, mother claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer who died of neck injuries suffered during training had been beaten by fellow officers in an exercise meant to “simulate a mob,” according to a wrongful-death claim filed against the city by his mother. Houston Tipping, 32, was hurt...

Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same antidiscrimination law as...

To some defenders, gun ruling could right a racial wrong

NEW YORK (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York's tight restrictions on who can carry a handgun, condemnation erupted from liberal leaders and activists. But some public defenders, often allies of progressive activists, praised the court's ruling, saying...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann deliver a grand ‘Elvis’

The brief life of Elvis Presley is not something that fits neatly into a conventional biopic formula, though many have tried. It was, perhaps, always going to take a director as wild and visionary as Baz Luhrmann to do something that evokes the essence of the King’s 42 years. Luhrmann knows...

John Williams, 90, steps away from film, but not music

NEW YORK (AP) — After more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers to the shore and other spellbinding close encounters, John Williams is putting the final notes on what may be his last film score. “At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’...

Director James Burrows looks back on his career in new book

NEW YORK (AP) — James Burrows loves sitcoms, and he should. The 81-year-old has directed more than 1,000 episodes of TV sitcoms, including fan favorites such as “Friends,” “Cheers,” and Will & Grace." He's also directed the pilot episodes for “Frasier,” “Two and a Half Men,”...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Dems hope to harness outrage, sadness after abortion ruling

YARDLEY, Pa. (AP) — The shock quickly turned to sadness for Victoria Lowe. The 37-year-old...

Biden's mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of...

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force —...

Turkish president: Sweden hasn't alleviated NATO concerns

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Sweden's prime minister that he has not seen any...

Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of...

Groups in Spain and Morocco push for border deaths inquiry

MADRID (AP) — Human rights organizations in Spain and Morocco called on both countries to investigate the deaths...

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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Jan. 6 Committe Hearings - Day 5

The next hearing will be held sometime in July; an exact date has not yet been announced.

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