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BREAKING: Loretta Smith Announces Run for Oregon’s New Congressional Seat

Former county commissioner and two-time Portland City Council candidate wants to keep focus on education, police reform.

At 35, Felix Makes a Comeback and Lands Her 5th Olympics

The 35-year-old mom rallied from fifth at the start of the homestretch to the second-place finish at U.S. track trials.

11 U.S. Mayors Commit to Develop Reparations Pilot Projects

Eleven U.S. mayors — from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma — have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work

Judge Dismisses Governor Inslee Recall Petition

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Letter to Gov. Kate Brown from Senators Wyden, Merkley and Representative Blumenaur Addresses Rose Quarter Improvement Project

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Oregon Senate Passes Expungement Reform, Bill Heads to House Floor

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Ex-principal accuses school district of discrimination

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A former South Albany High School principal is suing Greater Albany Public Schools, claiming the district racially discriminated against him and created a hostile work environment. Nain “Nate” Munoz filed the suit last month in U.S. District Court in...

Oregon lawmakers pass amendment to 'pause' evictions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With the state and federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of June, Oregon lawmakers passed an added safety net for struggling tenants on Tuesday that will “pause” some evictions. Under the “Safe Harbor” amendment on Senate Bill 278...


Rx Upper Payment Limit Bill Will Worsen Chronic Disease for Oregonians Most at Risk

A measure being considered by Oregon state legislature will perpetuate a harmful trend for Oregon’s communities of color. ...

COMMENTARY: 100 Days of Biden-Harris

I see the trillion price tag on the Biden legislation as more of an investment than simple spending. ...

Power and Pride to the People!

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You Are Not an Imposter

felt I didn’t belong and secretly, I was waiting for the program to tell me that they made a mistake in my admission. ...


A last push, then a long wait in NYC mayoral primary

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirteen Democrats and two Republicans engaged in a last effort to rally supporters Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in New York City's mayoral primary, the first citywide election to use ranked choice voting. Several candidates in the race to succeed Mayor...

Virginia hopes to remove time capsule along with Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If a court clears the way, the state of Virginia expects to remove not just a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue but also a little-known piece of history tucked inside the massive sculpture’s base: a 134-year-old time...

Judge tosses most claims over clearing protesters in DC park

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House...


SAG Awards will return in February 2022 with 2-hour show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards are returning to a two-hour format for its 2022 edition, which will air the last weekend in February. The SAG Awards adopted a one-hour, completely virtual format for this year's show, which saw “Trial of the Chicago 7”...

EXPLAINER: Calls to #FreeBritney and court conservatorships

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Britney Spears, who turns 40 this year, speaks to a Los Angeles judge at her own request on Wednesday, she'll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money. But what is a conservatorship, exactly? ...

Spielberg's Amblin to make several films a year for Netflix

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Iran's election unsettles Biden's hope for a nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden administration officials are insisting that the election of a hard-liner as Iran’s...

UEFA declines Munich application for rainbow-colored stadium

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Special Tony Awards given to 2 shows, 1 advocacy nonprofit

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AP PHOTOS: Indian police train villagers for border security

KATHUA, India (AP) — For nearly three months, from dusk to dawn, Rita Devi has followed a similar drill. ...

German lawmakers fault finance minister, auditor on Wirecard

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers presenting a report Tuesday into the collapse of the payment processing company...

Serbian Roma girl band sings for women's empowerment

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Their songs are about “women chained” in abuse witnessed by generations, or teenage...

Barbara Starr CNN Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Special Operations forces are in Libya and nearby countries aiding in the collection of intelligence regarding suspected Libyan militia who were part of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, a U.S. military official told CNN.

The intelligence gathering effort is just part of a broader involvement by the American military in the aftermath of the September 11 attack, including providing security on Thursday to an FBI investigative team that traveled to Benghazi.

The special operations units are employing various methods to investigate, including communications intercepts, satellite and drone imagery and face-to-face meetings with those who may have information, the official said. The official declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.

The gathered information is being used to assemble proposed targeting packages for military action if ordered by the president. Those targeting packages have to include the latest intelligence demonstrating why a target would be attacked, what weapons would be used, and how the military would limit civilian casualties.

A U.S. military strike, or capture of suspects in Libya, still remains highly problematic as the Libyan government has opposed U.S. intervention.

In the immediate days following the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the military quickly prepositioned aircraft and military teams in Sigonella, Italy, to conduct a full evacuation of Americans from Libya had it become necessary, according to a U.S. military official. Those movements were in addition to the 50-person Marine security team that was flown into Tripoli, the capital, the day after the assault.

Although Americans were able to leave the country via commercial air, the quick response is an indication of just how unsure the U.S. military was about the security situation on the ground and whether American citizens could be kept safe.

In addition, as CNN has previously reported, two Navy warships capable of firing Tomahawk missiles were quickly positioned off the coast of Libya, and surveillance of known militant strongholds by drones was stepped up. All of this is just part of an undisclosed, multifaceted effort by the Pentagon to position assets off Libya to protect Americans until they could leave Libya, be in position to conduct a military strike if ordered by the president, and collect constant intelligence on possible perpetrators of the attack and the militia movements they may have belonged to.

Those warships had moved away from Libyan waters in recent days, but CNN has learned one ship was sent back and was close offshore during the entire time the military was securing the area around the Benghazi compound on Thursday, while the FBI conducted an investigation of the site.


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