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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

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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

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Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

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Forest Service Explains 'Containment'

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Hanford contractors agree to pay million fine for fraud

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3 arrested at Portland protests

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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...

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Defeating a Demagogue: A Reminder from History

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

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Tell Your Senators: “Let the People Decide”

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Inventor Urges Congress to Pass Laws Upholding Patent Rights

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

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4 charged after burning body found in rural Iowa ditch

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China blasts US House bill, denies forced labor in Xinjiang

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the bill...

ENTERTAINMENT

Music Review: Fleet Foxes release bright, nuanced album

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Woodward's 'Rage' sells 600,000 copies in first week

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In Miami Beach, live theater returns — in vacant storefronts

NEW YORK (AP) — This fall, the seven deadly sins will be found all along an iconic Miami Beach thoroughfare — but they'll be socially distanced, thankfully. Miami New Drama plans to offer short new plays about each of the sins in seven vacant storefronts along Lincoln Road as part of...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

CHICAGO (AP) — Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose...

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

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Dear Donald, Dear Mr. President: A Trump-Nixon '80s tale

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First stone laid at Dutch Holocaust Memorial in Amsterdam

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Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport

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The Latest: Fauci: Scientists may know about vaccine by Dec

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By The Skanner News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma prosecutors have filed murder and hate crime charges against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized the city's black community.

Prosecutors said Friday that 19-year-old Jake England and his roommate, 33-year-old Alvin Watts, each are charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and malicious harassment - the equivalent of a hate crime under state law.

Police documents say both have confessed in the spree, England to shooting three people and Watts to shooting two.

All the victims were black, and police have said one motive might have been England's desire to avenge his father's fatal shooting by a black man two years ago.

Police say the men appear to have chosen their victims at random.

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