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Oregon Reports 332 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Deaths

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, confirmed that Multnomah County is not ready to apply for Phase 2 of reopening

Study Finds Clothing-based Racist Stereotypes Persist Against Black Men

Researchers find some results of the study troubling

Federal Officers Use Tear Gas on Portland Protesters

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty calls officers' behavior "reckless and aggressive" after 26-year-old man struck on head and injured by an impact munition

Oregon Appeals Court Affirms Portland Renter Relocation Law

The Court affirmed a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is increased by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause.

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NNPA Livestreams With Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Val Demings

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Black Women Often Ignored By Social Justice Movements

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Deadline is July 15 to Pay Portland's $35 Arts Tax

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Oregon National Guard Completes Wildland Firefighter Training

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OSU Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter

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Mayor: US Marshals investigate shooting at Portland protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating after a protester was hospitalized in critical condition over the weekend after being hit in the head by a less-lethal round fired by a federal law enforcement officer, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said.In a statement late...

Masks outside part of new Oregon COVID-19 safety measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday announced two new statewide COVID-19 safety mandates — a ban on indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people and a requirement that people wear face coverings outside if they can not socially distance. The rules come as the...

Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner sustained serious injuries when he and a passenger on a jet ski collided with a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and Cole Coffin were hurt at about 6:30 p.m. Friday when their watercraft...

Missouri football program pushes again for racial justice

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Walters had just arrived at the University of Missouri to coach safeties for the football program when a series of protests related to racial injustice led to the resignations of the system president and the chancellor of its flagship campus.The student-led movement...

OPINION

COMMENTARY: Real Table Talk

Chaplain Debbie Walker provides helpful insight for self-preservation, and care tips for your family, your neighbors, and your community circles ...

Commissioner Hardesty Responds To Federal Troop Actions Towards Protesters

This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened. ...

Recent Protests Show Need For More Government Collective Bargaining Transparency

Since taxpayers are ultimately responsible for funding government union contract agreements, they should be allowed to monitor the negotiation process ...

The Language of Vote Suppression

A specific kind of narrative framing is used to justify voter suppression methods and to cover up the racism that motivates their use. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Texas keeps 'The Eyes of Texas' despite athlete demands

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Attorney: Indiana hate crime allegation is 'smear campaign'

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for two people accused of being involved in a reported assault on a Black man at a southern Indiana lake said Monday his clients are victims of a “smear campaign” and a “rush to judgment."Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and...

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Activists on Monday pressed their demand for police accountability after video emerged over the weekend of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside a Pennsylvania hospital.Allentown police appeared to violate their own policy against...

ENTERTAINMENT

Peacock enters streaming fray with paid, free subscriptions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peacock is joining the streaming world with a few feathers plucked from its intended array of original programs.Amid a stubborn, industry-wide production halt forced by the coronavirus, Peacock subscribers have to wait for a reimagined “Battlestar Galactica,”...

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

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New this week: 'Psych,' The Chicks album, '30 Rock' reunited

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Immigration courts reopen despite rising coronavirus cases

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WHO boss slams 'mixed messages' from leaders on coronavirus

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As virus spreads, Bolsonaro ties with military under strain

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Polish president wins 2nd term after bitter campaign

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Troops preparing to fight Somalia's al-Shabab militant group



NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The Kenya police force has listed seven buildings, including the headquarters of the revenue authority, as being under immediate risk of a terror attack from an al-Qaida-linked militant group that has threatened to bring down skyscrapers in Kenya's capital city, an internal U.N. security report says.

Somalia's al-Shabab militant group last week said it would attack Kenya's skyscrapers within two weeks, a warning that followed a bomb attack in Nairobi's city center which killed one person and injured 32 others. Al-Shabab's warning was posted by the private intelligence firm, IntelCenter.

It was the third time al-Shabab has threatened to bomb Kenya after the country sent its troops into Somalia to pursue the militants in October.

The U.N. report circulated late Wednesday says police are restricting parking at the buildings listed and are screening all people going into them. The other buildings named in report are Kenyatta International Conference Centre, I&M Building, National Social Security Fund Building, Lornho House, View Park Towers and Nyayo House.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the U.N. report is misleading and denied designating any building as being under threat. Kiraithe said Nyayo house is a heavily guarded government building which houses the Ministry of State for Immigration and Registration Persons and does not need additional security.

The Virginia-based IntelCenter said last week that the towers most likely to be targeted are those housing hotels, those frequented by Westerners, government offices, media and prominent corporations.

``The building volume of threats and low-level activity indicate that such an attack may be attempted sooner rather than later,'' IntelCenter said.

Some of the buildings named in the U.N. report fit this profile.

The report says the latest threat by al-Shabab is considered serious because of last week's bomb blast which was different from grenade attacks blamed on Kenyan sympathizers of al-Shabab. Since October, the grenade attacks have killed at least 40 civilians.

Police concluded that an improvised explosive device caused last week's blast that ripped through a building full of small shops in downtown Nairobi. The explosion sent dark smoke billowing out of a one-story building on the avenue named after Kenya's second president, peeled back the front corner of the aluminum roof and shattered windows in the building. A high-rise building with a glass exterior next door was largely untouched. The U.N. said it could have been a test run for a bigger attack and that the threat of one is very high.

Al-Shabab is waging an insurgency against a weak U.N.-backed transitional government in Somalia. It carried out its first international attack in Uganda, killing 76 people watching the World Cup final on TV in July 2010.

In April the U.S. government warned that it continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at U.S., Western and Kenyan targets inside Kenya.

The Obama administration was expected to announce Thursday that it will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information about top members of al-Shabab.

It will offer up to $7 million for al-Shabab's founder, Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed; up to $5 million each for his associates, Ibrahim Haji Jama, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud and Mukhtar Robow; and up to $3 million for Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and Abdullahi Yare.

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