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Money Crunch After Planned Parenthood Quits Federal Program

Clinics begin charging new fees, tapping financial reserves and intensifying fundraising

New Hate Crime Law Kicks In

SB577 requires state to better track bias crimes

Mayor: Show Extra Love at Portland Businesses After Protests

The City of Portland and more are offering deals and free parking downtown this weekend in an effort to generate some of the revenue lost during last weekend's political protests

Community Leaders Heartened By Portland Response To Proud Boys Rally

Proud Boys outnumbered by counter-demonstrators in largely peaceful event

NEWS BRIEFS

Travel Portland Opens New Director Park Visitor Center

Hosts “Celebrating All Things Portland” grand opening weekend celebration ...

Police are Trying to Connect Floyd Leslie Hill to His Loved Ones

The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the community's help in locating the loved ones of Floyd Leslie Hill who passed away on...

Study Finds Lack of Racial Diversity in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

New research published this week in JAMA Oncology has found a lack of racial and ethnic diversity in clinical trials for cancer drugs ...

Portland Parks, Partners Host Charles Jordan Birthday Celebration

A celebration of the life of one of Portland’s most influential leaders, held at his namesake community center ...

Matt Dishman Community Center Annual Block Party

The event will feature free food, arts and crafts, family fun, live music and more ...

Western states oppose plan to charge for US reservoir water

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that could allow the agency to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages.North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem...

La Center teachers could strike on first day of school

LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) — Teachers in La Center have voted 75-1 to strike if a new contract deal isn't reached by the first day of school next week.The Columbian reported Friday that the La Center School District and its teachers' union are working with a mediator for in hopes of avoiding a...

Ex-Clemson star Kelly Bryant takes over at QB for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom never seems stressed about the future, whether the Missouri coach is pondering tough sanctions handed down by the NCAA over a recruiting scandal or the fact that one of the most prolific passers in school history is now in the NFL.When it comes to the...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

OPINION

Why I’m Visiting the Border

People of color are feeling less safe today and any day when we see the realities of domestic terrorism and racially-motivated acts of violence ...

Why Lady Liberty Weeps

The original concept was to have Lady Liberty holding a broken shackle and chain in her left hand, to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. ...

Avel Gordly's Statement in Advance of Aug. 17 Rally

'All we have on this planet is one another' ...

A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists

Our history chronicles the range of hate crimes that have taken the lives of Latinos as well as Native Americans, Blacks, Jews, and the LGBTQ community ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Family of first enslaved Africans in America marks 400 years

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A family that traces its bloodline to America's first enslaved Africans said Friday that their ancestors endured unimaginable toil and hardship — but they also helped forge the nation."Four hundred years ago, our family started building America, can I get an Amen?"...

Biggest ever Kentridge show explores Africa's history

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Evocative videos, graphic tapestries, charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, sculptures and immersive sound installations combine in the largest single show by South African artist William Kentridge to explore compelling themes including South Africa's apartheid...

International warrant for Kosovo ethnic Serb minority leader

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's justice minister says an international arrest warrant has been issued for a leading ethnic Serb minority leader suspected of involvement in the killing of a moderate Serb politician a year ago.Abelard Tahiri said Friday that the warrant was issued for Milan...

ENTERTAINMENT

Dave Chappelle set to host benefit concert for Ohio shooting

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle plans to host a special block party and benefit concert in Ohio for those affected by the recent mass shooting.Chappelle will be among national and local entertainers planned for the main stage at the "Gem City Shine" event in Dayton on...

Rolling Stones get name on little Martian rock that rolled

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There is now a "Rolling Stones Rock" on Mars, and it's giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.NASA named a little stone for the legendary rockers after its InSight robotic lander captured it rolling across the surface of Mars last year, and the new...

Top publishers sue Audible for copyright infringement

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the country's top publishers are suing Audible, citing copyright infringement as they ask a federal judge to enjoin the audiobook producer-distributor's planned use of captions for an education-driven program.The so-called "Big Five" of publishing — Penguin...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Revived 'Designated Survivor' shows how TV world has changed

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Edwards walks briskly through the White House in the opening scene of Netflix's...

Candidate: Michigan city should be as white "as possible"

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A city council candidate in Michigan shocked a public forum when she said she...

Boris Johnson prepares to take his place on world stage

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endeavored to lead his country since he was a...

Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 wounded

JERUSALEM (AP) — An explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack...

Danish leader speaks with Trump amid Greenland dispute

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has had a phone conversation with U.S....

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and...

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Carol Cratty CNN Senior Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FBI lab has made strides in cutting down its backlog of forensic DNA cases, according to a report released Tuesday by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General.

As of March 2012 the backlog stood at 403 cases compared to 3,211 cases two years prior.

The report attributed the improvement to increased use of automation, more staff and a focus on using DNA analysis in situations in which it's most likely to yield useful results.

The FBI lab tests biological evidence found at crime scenes and items like envelopes, drinking glasses and articles of clothing. The lab does the work for not just the FBI but also for local police departments that don't have forensic labs.

The report found the biggest reduction in cases came in the area of nuclear DNA, in which biological fluids like blood and semen are analyzed. There was not as large a drop in the backlog of cases involving mitochondrial DNA, which looks at such things as teeth, hair and highly degraded fragments of bones.

According to the inspector general, the FBI decided not to examine samples in 300 of the backlogged mitochondrial DNA cases that came from the FBI's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center. The report said it had been policy to submit all hairs found on improvised explosive devices. "The FBI told us that there have been no documented instances for which probative results were generated from these mitochondrial DNA examinations," said the report. The FBI changed its policy on analyzing samples from all such cases.

The inspector general said a previous report found the FBI lab doesn't have a system to electronically manage lab information and that was still the case as of June. The report said the FBI spent at least $14 million since 2003 on two failed attempts to come up with such a system. The inspector general said the FBI is trying to develop a new system.

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