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Portland Grocery Launches an Innovative Solution for Dog-Owning Customers

Customers can use the app-connected houses as a safer and smarter solution when shopping with their dogs, rather than leaving them in the car or tied up on the street.

Oregon State Workers Could Get up to 15% Raises

Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period.

Oregon Fossil of Bone-Crushing Mammal a First in the US Northwest

A fossil jaw bone misidentified for 50 years turns out to belong to a bone-crushing mammal and is the first to be found in the Northwest, scientists said.

Tobacco in Oregon: Cheap, Sweet, Plentiful and Sold at Kids’ Eye Level

New report shines light on tobacco industry marketing across Oregon

NEWS BRIEFS

Alberta Commons Hosts Public Grand Opening Celebration July 20

Dream Street Community Market event will feature food, drinks, art and music ...

Living Room Realty Announces Scholarship Opportunity

The scholarship will help facilitate a path toward a real estate career for underrepresented communities ...

U.S. Bank Invests $1 Million with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to...

Police Evacuate City Hall, Close Terry Schrunk Plaza

City Hall closed due to suspicious package ...

Oregon Settles with Health Insurer Premera Over Data Breach

Oregon to receive jumi.3 million from settlement ...

Oregon's unemployment rate at, near record low for years

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's unemployment rate has been at or near a record low percentage for about three years.The Register-Guard reported Tuesday that the Oregon Employment Department released its latest figures Tuesday.The monthly report reveals the state's unemployment rate for June has...

Judge limits Hammond Ranches cattle grazing as case proceeds

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will allow eastern Oregon ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land to graze cattle on parts of a federal allotment this season on a limited basis.U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon issued a 58-page written ruling...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

Florida's Mullen hoping for sizable leap in 2nd season

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Dan Mullen made a big leap in his second season at Mississippi State, but his Florida team doesn't have quite so much room to grow.Unless, of course, the Gators can jump to national contender status. That's what another four-win improvement would mean.The Bulldogs won...

OPINION

Hearing on H.R. 40 Puts Reparations Debate in National Spotlight

“These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don't want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. ...

Perfecting the Cat Nap: Lessons on Sleep From a Cat

Watching Soleil's languorous lifestyle has inspired me to establish better sleeping habits which have led to increased happiness and productivity. ...

Happy Independence Day!

The Skanner would like to wish all of our readers a relaxing and safe 4th of July. Wondering about the history and science of fireworks? ...

Plastics Are Strangling the Planet

You have probably heard about islands of plastic (and other garbage) inhabiting our oceans. The impact of this is the dying off of entire segments of oceans. In addition, many countries in the global North, including but not limited to the USA, look at the...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Trump slams 4 congresswomen; crowd chants, 'Send her back!'

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just...

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar said Thursday the U.S. didn't "go far enough" in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of minority Rohingya Muslims.Myanmar's commander in chief and his deputy, two other generals, and their...

Trump leans on issue of race in bid for a 2nd term in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term.Every successful modern presidential campaign has been built on the notion of addition, winning over voters beyond...

ENTERTAINMENT

Stats show how AOC dominating social media attention

NEW YORK (AP) — Judging by the social media metrics, it was a big week for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Oh, wait.She's not running for president. But the Democratic representative from Queens dwarfed the Democrats who are actually seeking President Donald Trump's job in...

Janet, Chris Brown, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of because of human rights concerns.The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah...

Fans descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.The four-and-a-half day convention kicked off Wednesday with the show room floor opening to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. is hosting a ScareDiego event...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors dropped a case Wednesday accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a resort...

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons...

Ukraine election: President's party leads, majority unclear

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party has the most support in opinion polls...

Manchester Arena bombing suspect denies 22 counts of murder

LONDON (AP) — The brother of the suicide bomber who killed almost two dozen people at an Ariana Grande...

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments...

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Derek Kravitz AP Real Estate Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans at risk of foreclosure is declining, as more homeowners climb out of debt and find steady work.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said Thursday that 7.58 percent of homeowners missed at least one mortgage payment in the October-December quarter. In a normal market, the percentage of delinquent borrowers is about 1.1 percent, according to the trade group.

Delinquent mortgages have come down from a record high of more than 10 percent of residential mortgages in 2010. Still, part of the reason for the decline is a delay in foreclosure filings, especially in backlogged state courts in Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and New York.

The end of a 16-month state and federal investigation info faulty foreclosure paperwork this month will likely increase foreclosures this year.

Jay Brinkman, the mortgage bankers' chief economist, said "employment is the key driver of mortgage performance" and noted that the number of delinquent mortgage payments is falling faster than the nation's unemployment rate. Higher unemployment typically leads to more missed payments and a greater number of foreclosures over time.

The unemployment rate has fallen for five straight months to 8.3 percent in January, the lowest in three years. Companies added 243,000 net jobs last month, the most in nine months.

The quarterly survey covers nearly 88 percent of primary residential mortgages, or nearly 44 million loans.

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