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NORTHWEST NEWS

Anguish Over Fatal Police Shooting in Vancouver Washington

Hundreds march and shots are fired in Vancouver as grief over death of a young father, 21-year-old Kevin E. Peterson Jr., boils over into unrest

Judge Cites Trump Tweets in Restricting Feds at Protests

U.S. District Judge Mosman said he couldn’t ignore the tweets, and remarked how odd and new it is for a court to be asked to examine Twitter messages to determine the intent of the executive branch.

Father: 21-Year-Old Black Man Killed by Washington Deputies

Law enforcement remained tight-lipped about the Thursday night shooting, but Kevin E. Peterson Sr. told the media the person killed was his son, Kevin E. Peterson Jr.

Hundreds of Shelter Dogs, Cats Flown Across the Pacific

The rescue flight arriving in Seattle Thursday, was necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Leaders Unite Against Hate & Election-Related Violence

Mayor Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, and more than sixty other individuals and organizations signed a joint letter to, “unequivocally...

COVID-Related Assistance Applications Open Friday, Oct. 30

Portlanders struggling from health or financial impacts of COVID-19 will have the opportunity to apply for 0 in household...

Providence Launches African American MS Registry

The goal is to foster better treatment for Black patients ...

SPLC Launches $25,000 Ad Campaign Supporting Mississippi’s Ballot Measure 2

Measure would change statewide elections process, replacing Jim Crow-era law ...

Confederate Flag Not Welcome in Oregon Historic Cemeteries

Oregon’s Commission on Historic Cemeteries recommends Confederate flags not be allowed in historic cemeteries, but cemeteries that...

Judge orders Postal Service to take extraordinary measures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to take “extraordinary measures” to deliver ballots in time to be counted in Wisconsin and around Detroit, including using a priority mail service.Chief U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima,...

Federal agencies fall short of Trump forest protection goals

Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on poor forest management."You've got to take care of the floors, you know? The floors of the forest, very important," the president said.He...

Week 9: Ohio State faces its biggest test; Florida returns

The potential Big Ten game of the year lost some luster last week. No. 18 Penn State was upset by Indiana so instead of returning to Happy Valley to host No. 3 Ohio State with an unbeaten record, the Nittany Lions are trying to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013.No Big Ten team has...

No. 10 Florida plays 1st game in 3 weeks, hosts hot Missouri

Missouri (2-2 SEC) at No. 10 Florida (2-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network Alternate).Line: Florida by 12 1/2.Series record: Missouri leads 5-4.WHAT’S AT STAKE?Florida returns to the field for the first time in three weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak. More than 30 players and coaches...

OPINION

Black Voters Cannot Afford Four More Years of Trump

It is more imperative than perhaps at any other period in many of our lifetimes that we vote at record numbers this year. ...

Open Letter to the Community on the Multnomah County Circuit Court Judicial Election

History has shown us that judges impact systemic change and have the opportunity to include the voices of our communities in the process. ...

Squaring Away the Cube

When I first heard that entertainer Ice Cube is supporting Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, I did not believe it. ...

The Skanner News National 2020 Election Endorsements

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

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Obama: Trump failed to take pandemic, presidency seriously

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Calling Joe Biden his “brother,” Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously as Democrats leaned on America's first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground Michigan...

Canfield, Stars+Stripes win Gold Cup, match racing title

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Skipper Taylor Canfield and Team Stars+Stripes have won the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup and 2020 Open Match Racing World Championship.The victory was Canfield’s third at the Bermuda Gold Cup and second Open Match Racing World Championship.“I can’t...

Noose displayed at Missouri poll covered up amid complaints

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — A replica hangman's noose on display near voting booths in a southwest Missouri county building has been covered up following complaints from Democrats that it amounted to intimidation of Black voters.The Missouri Democratic Party released a photo Friday of the display...

ENTERTAINMENT

Sans gala or red carpet, a stylish fashion show at the Met

NEW YORK (AP) — The annual hoopla around the celebrity-studded Met Gala is so intense, it's often forgotten who the real star is: the fashion exhibit inside.This year, it's the only star. A stylish Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum has opened, six months behind schedule. But...

Curious about going to a movie theater? 7 things to know

It’s been over two months since movie theaters started reopening in the U.S., but there is still a fair amount of consumer confusion about moviegoing in the COVID-19 era.Movie studios and theater owners have found themselves in the unique position of having to re-educate audiences on how to...

Actor Lori Loughlin reports to prison in college scam

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Loughlin was being...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Exorcism: Increasingly frequent, including after US protests

In popular culture, exorcism often serves as a plot device in chilling films about demonic possession. This month,...

AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow...

Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

LYON, France (AP) — A Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French...

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future...

Tanzania, once envy of the region, watches democracy slide

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vote-counting was far from over when Tanzanian opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad...

AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world

PARIS (AP) — Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow...

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BEIJING (CNN) -- The wife of controversial Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been formally charged with murder, the state-run Xinhua news agency said Thursday.

She is Gu Kailai, suspected of killing British businessman Neil Heywood.

Her husband had been one of the country's most prominent politicians until he was sacked as the chief of Chongqing in what has been seen as a political power struggle.

Bo remains under house arrest and is under investigation for flouting Communist Party discipline.

"This was expected," said Joseph Fewsmith, an international relations professor at Boston University and a long-time China watcher, referring to the murder charges.

Chinese communist leaders are trying to settle the Bo Xilai matter before the party holds has its once-in-a-decade leadership transition at the Communist Party Congress meeting later this year.

Bo had been widely expected to rise to national leadership before his sudden fall from grace.

"There was a desire on the part of the Chinese Communist Party to get this case settled. It's not yet, but it is out of the party and into the hands of criminal courts -- well before the 18th Party Congress. We should expect a resolution of the Bo Xilai case within the next couple weeks," Fewsmith said.

"With these cases being dealt with at this time, I expect there to be smooth sailing to the 18th Party congress. There may be some bargaining to go, but most of it has been done."

Zhang Xiaojun, a family aide, was formally charged along with Gu. Chinese authorities announced that the two were arrested earlier this year on suspicion of intentional homicide and had been jailed.

Authorities say Gu and her son came into conflict with Heywood over "economic interests." They said she regarded Heywood as a threat to her son's safety. Gu and Zhang poisoned Heywood, authorities said.

The two are awaiting trial in Hefei, the capital of eastern China's Anhui province.

Fewsmith said the "one real surprise" is the allegation of a Heywood threat to the son.

"This had not previously been reported," he said.

A Bo family friend told CNN that Gu's legal team was appointed by the government, not the lawyers the family tried to hire for her. This friend asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Heywood was found dead in a hotel in the southwestern Chinese metropolis of Chongqing in November. Initially, the cause of death was reportedly found to be excessive alcohol consumption, and his body was cremated without an autopsy.

In early February, Heywood's name was thrown into a media spotlight when Bo's former police chief, Wang Lijun, spectacularly sought refuge for a day inside a U.S. consulate.

Wang wanted political asylum, apparently fearing for his life and allegedly holding incriminating information against Bo. Media reports and online posts claim Wang clashed with Bo after suggesting the British man had been poisoned amid a business dispute with Bo's wife.

Britain asked China earlier this year to investigate the matter further after being informed of growing concern about Heywood's case.

"The details of the ongoing investigation are a matter for the Chinese authorities," a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement Thursday. "However we are glad to see that the Chinese authorities are continuing with the investigation into the death of Neil Heywood. We are dedicated to seeking justice for him and his family and we will be following developments closely."

Speculation has been rife about the nature of Heywood's work in China and his ties to Bo's family.

Heywood had lived in China for more than a decade and was married to a Chinese woman. Among the companies Heywood advised was Hakluyt and Co., a consulting firm founded by former officers of the British spy agency MI6.

That link fueled rumors that Heywood might have had connections to British intelligence services.

But British Foreign Secretary William Hague denied that possibility.

"Mr. Heywood was not an employee of the British government in any capacity," he said in a letter.

Hague noted that government policy is usually "neither to confirm nor deny speculation of this sort."

But he said he was making an exception "given the intense interest in this case."

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