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Merkley Announces Legislation Passed to Ban Export of Crowd Control Munitions to Hong Kong

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed Senator Merkley's bipartisan legislation, which follows reports that U.S.-made equipment has been used by Hong Kong police to violate the human rights of peaceful protesters

Why the Nation Should Screen All Students for Trauma Like California Does

Surgeon General of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is pushing an unprecedented plan to implement universal screenings for childhood trauma within the state’s schools

Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act Introduced

In honor of Veterans Day, Monday, Merkley, Brown, Reed, Van Hollen introduced legislation to extend financial protections for servicemembers to veterans and consumers

Home Base Keeps More Than 400 Families in Their Homes in Seattle

The United Way of King County program aims to reduce homelessness by preventing evictions

NEWS BRIEFS

New Oregon Group Is Tackling Opioid Misuse and Addiction

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Rose Festival Opens Label Art Contest to Entire Community

Cash prize for winning submission that best depicts festival theme: 2020 Rose Vision ...

Smithsonian Magazine Announces the 2019 American Ingenuity Awards Honorees

The Annual American Ingenuity Awards honor individuals who are transforming American culture ...

Noodle Dish at Portland Public Schools One of Best School Meals in US

Food Management, a news organization dedicated to noncommercial food service, has named PPS’s yakisoba noodles the nation’s top...

Clark College names new VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rashida Willard leads college equity work supporting students, faculty and staff ...

US Catholic Church boards reviewing sex abuse fail victims

The U.S. Catholic Church pushed what it called a key reform to address its exploding clergy sex abuse scandal almost two decades ago: Mandatory review boards with lay people in each diocese to review the claims of victims fairly and kindly.But It often hasn’t worked that way, an Associated...

2 dead, 1 hurt in Klamath Falls shooting; 1 arrested

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Police say two men were killed and one was injured in a shooting in Klamath Falls and that a woman has been arrested.The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office says police responded to a shooting at Fairview Park at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.Two men were...

College Football Picks: Scoreboard watching for CFP hopefuls

Pac-12 powers No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Utah are on the road this weekend, trying to continue their march to a mega-meeting with huge playoff ramifications in the conference championship game next month.They should also both be keeping an eye on the Big 12, where No. 8 Oklahoma is looming. And, of...

All-America Watch: Florida’s Pitts one of nation’s top TEs

It was midway through the third quarter last Saturday, and Missouri had just cut Florida’s lead to 13-6, when Gators quarterback Kyle Trask dropped back and saw Kyle Pitts down the right sideline.Trask heaved the ball and Pitts, the big and rangy tight end, grabbed it along with Tigers...

OPINION

Illinois Prison Bans Black History Books

Officials claim the works are ‘racial’ ...

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year.The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

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The Latest: Biden flubs reference to black female senator

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local):___11:05 p.m.Joe Biden has incorrectly said during the Democratic presidential debate that he has the support of the “only African American woman ever elected to the Senate.”That drew a response...

ENTERTAINMENT

Susan Choi, Sarah M. Broom win National Book Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Choi’s novel “Trust Exercise,” in which a high school romance is spun out into a web of memories and perspectives, has won the National Book Award for fiction.Sarah M. Broom’s family memoir “The Yellow House” won in nonfiction...

15 Grammy facts: Michelle Obama in, Bruce Springsteen out

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Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company’s first original films, “The Banker” the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles’ AFI Film Festival.In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of “some...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Phony `fact check’ account on Twitter raises new concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The deception was easy to pull off and came with barely any...

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

VOSBURG, South Africa (AP) — Residents call this drought-stricken community a “forgotten...

Pope Francis calls for action to safeguard women, children

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected...

Colombia protesters hope to channel wave of discontent

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Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday he does not regret postponing a...

Phony `fact check’ account on Twitter raises new concerns

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- More than $1 billion worth of marijuana has been uprooted from federal lands during a two-month operation targeting illegal pot farms, federal authorities announced Tuesday.

Operation Mountain Sweep has resulted in the destruction of 578,000 marijuana plants, Benjamin B. Wagner, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, said in a press release.

The operation, involving agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as local agencies, targeted growing sites on public lands in seven Western states -- Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Wagner said 14 individuals in California have been indicted on charges resulting from Operation Mountain Sweep. Authorities have shut down 96 pot farms on public lands in California since the operation began July 1, the federal authorities said. Among those pot farms were sites in national forests and parks, including Death Valley National Park.



Besides producing an illegal crop, the pot farms can do long-term damage to public lands by destroying trees and vegetation, introducing chemicals and pesticides, diverting water sources, and generating large amounts of trash.

"Those who cultivate marijuana on public lands pose a safety threat to the public and an environmental threat to the land. Many of the grow sites are controlled by drug trafficking organizations, which arm their cultivators with dangerous firearms. The poisons they spread kill wildlife and native plants and pollute watersheds," Wagner said in the press release.

The operation will continue through the end of August, authorities said.

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