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Candidate Iannarone Welcomes Ruling on Complaint Against Mayor Wheeler

Mayoral challenger Sarah Iannarone has welcomed the Multnomah County Circuit court ruling requiring City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero to look into a complaint against Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for loaning his own re-election campaign 0,000

Some Hospitals in Crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

The global surge in coronavirus infections is hitting the United States hard and overwhelming hospitals across the nation

Report: Seattle Officers Used Excessive Force at Protests

Since May, the office has received 19,000 complaints about police misconduct during protests.

PSU’s Black Studies Department Grows, Offers Students Immediate Support

Chair Ethan Johnson announces new hire and COVID-19 Relief Fund

NEWS BRIEFS

How Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard got its Name

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New Crisis Line will Serve BIPOC Community

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Oregon Reports the Highest Daily Case Count Since the Beginning of the Pandemic

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Thursday, October 22: All Registered Voters Should Have Received Their Ballots

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Forest Service Now Hiring

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Crews vacuum 'murder hornets' out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. The state Agriculture Department had spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian...

Roseburg VA police officer accused of placing hidden cameras

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Roseburg man who works as a police officer at a Veterans Affairs hospital has been accused of hiding cameras in the bedroom of a young teen. Detectives began investigating after the cameras were found in the 14-year-old’s bedroom, the Douglas County...

Missouri grinds out 1st victory over Kentucky in five years

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri kept handing the ball to Larry Rountree, and Kentucky barely got a chance to take a turn. Rountree carried 37 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers dominated the clock and the Wildcats in a 20-10 victory on Saturday.Missouri (2-2 Southeastern...

Humbled LSU eyeing QB contingency vs surging South Carolina

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron was grateful for an extra week to help the Tigers confront considerable challenges on both sides of the ball.He’ll have to hope that’s enough time for the unranked Tigers (1-2, 1-2 SEC) to turn back South Carolina (2-2, 2-2), which...

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The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

Vote like your life depends on it. Read The Skanner News' endorsements for US President, and more ...

The Skanner News Statewide Election 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' endorsements for Portland Mayor, Portland City Council, and more ...

Muslim Advocates Denounces Trump’s Racist Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar and Refugees

The organization says Trump’s attacks invite violence against Rep. Omar and Minnesota’s Somali community ...

Trump and the Lost Country

Discussing the debate, Robert Koehler refers to an article by psychiatrists describing how power causes brain damage ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Black woman shot by officer seeks justice from hospital bed

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Black woman who was shot and wounded inside a vehicle by a police officer who also fatally shot her 19-year-old boyfriend on Satuday told about 200 people gathered at an emotional rally in suburban Chicago that she's fighting “to be strong" for her son. The...

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope

Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. On...

Fields, No. 5 Ohio St run away from Huskers in opener, 52-17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields and No. 5 Ohio State shook off the rust in the first half and then buried Nebraska the rest of the way.Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another, Master Teague III rushed for a pair of scores and the Buckeyes rolled over...

ENTERTAINMENT

Kevin Hart: Hosting MDA telethon is a 'major level-up'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Hart says hosting a re-imagined online fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is “a major level-up for me.”“It’s different from anything that you’ve really seen me do. And there’s a great reason behind it,”...

Sandra Oh celebrates Asian culture in film 'Over the Moon'

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Oh’s role in the new animated feature “Over the Moon” may not be her largest, but it has deep meaning.The story is set in China and Oh voices the stepmother of a girl named Fei Fei, grieving after the loss of her mother. So she builds a rocket to...

Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The documentary genre’s power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America," which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice president and the loss of Breonna Taylor.The film depicts a powerful female-driven...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Stumbling stunner! Rays shock Dodgers in 9th, tie Series 2-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Phillips squatted on the field crying, Randy Arozarena sprawled in the dirt...

Malaysia's king rejects PM's proposal to declare emergency

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Sunday rejected a proposal by embattled Prime Minister...

Thai protesters rally ahead of parliamentary debate

BANGKOK (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered in Thailand's capital again on Sunday,...

Polish women protest new abortion restriction in churches

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women's rights activists in Poland staged protests during Sunday church services in...

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

ROME (AP) — Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country on Sunday to...

Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI...

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(CNN) -- A sprawling wildfire in northern Colorado grew larger than the nearby city of Fort Collins on Monday, spewing towering plumes of smoke into the air and forcing thousands of people in its path to flee their homes.

The Red Cross, Humane Society and other aid groups mobilized to help evacuees while at least 400 firefighters, aided by air tankers and helicopters from as far away as Canada battled the fire about 15 miles west of Fort Collins.

"Yesterday when the winds had shifted to northerly winds we could see this massive, most amazing smoke cloud that looked almost like a volcanic eruption," said Grant Campbell, a Laporte, Colorado resident who is staying in his home despite an evacuation order issued Sunday.

"It really is beautiful in a kind of surrealistic way, but you also have to remember that it puts people and their homes in danger," he said.

The fire nearly doubled in size overnight to 36,930 acres, or 57 square miles, authorities said Monday. It had been estimated at 20,000 acres Sunday night. Fort Collins is 47 square miles.

While Fort Collins was not immediately threatened by the fire, a smoky pall hung over the city of 143,000, said Stephanie Ashley, a spokeswoman for the Larimer Humane Society.

"It's pretty much a haze covering the town, and you can definitely smell it," said Ashley, whose shelter was housing 170 animals dropped off by evacuees.

Although temperatures were slightly cooler and winds a bit less gusty than on Sunday, the fire is highly likely to continue growing, the incident management team reported Monday.

Paramedics treated one firefighter for heat exhaustion on Sunday, according to Larimer County authorities. No other injuries had been reported, although one person was listed as missing. Authorities were also looking into a report that two hikers were missing near the fire.

Crews worked around the clock to evacuate residents, in some cases as "flames were licking at the units that were doing the evacuations," Sheriff Justin Smith said Sunday.

"We have planned and trained for fires in every neighborhood. But this fire hit every neighborhood at once," Smith told reporters.

Although the exact number of people under evacuation orders was not known Sunday, authorities had put out more than 2,600 calls notifying residents of the evacuation orders, authorities said.

At least 18 structures, some of them homes, had been destroyed, authorities said.

"We know this number will increase once crews get their surveys done," officials said in a posting on the Larimer County Emergency Information website.

Hundreds more homes are threatened, Smith said Sunday. Some structures likely won't survive, he said.

Fueled by strong, gusting winds, low humidity, high temperatures and dry brush, the fire was behaving erratically, Smith said Sunday. It was burning in multiple directions and, in some cases, returning to scorch areas it had already burned, he said.

A shortage of equipment and manpower was compounding the problem. Regional resources are already fighting other outbreaks, such as the massive Whitewater Baldy fire in New Mexico.

A Type 1 incident response team -- the most advanced and capable available for a wildfire -- began working the Colorado fire Sunday night, according to Larimer County authorities. Additional crews had been ordered, authorities said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered the Colorado Army National Guard into the fire fight Sunday, Guard spokesman Capt. Darin Overstreet said.

The National Guard's Black Hawk helicopters, equipped with water buckets, joined an increasing number of firefighting helicopters and air tankers being brought into the state to battle the fire. Air tankers from Canada arrived Sunday as well, officials said.

Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom Demint told reporters Sunday night that additional aid is critical. Dozens of fire engines deployed can only do so much in corralling the charging blaze, he said.

"You do the math and you see what kind of (trouble) we're in," Demint said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities believe lighting is to blame.

First measured at two acres early Saturday, the High Park fire has grown exponentially in the time since -- including more than doubling in size Sunday and again overnight into Monday.

CNN's Greg Morrison and Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.

 

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