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Rep. Blumenauer Joined by Sens. Markey, Sanders, and Warren to Introduce Bill to Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable

"Amidst the growing climate emergency, closing this loophole is a small step we must take to hold Big Oil accountable and to protect our communities," said Blumenauer. 

Trump Appointees Weigh Plan to Build Pipeline in Oregon

If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the project, which lacks state permits, it would likely set up a court battle over state's rights

Oregon Lawmakers Ask U.S. Attorney to Investigate Whether Local Police Violated Black Man’s Civil Rights

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said this racial targeting of Michael Fesser "reflects the worst abuses of African-Americans in our nation’s modern history"

DA to Investigate West Linn Cops Handling of Wrongful Arrest

Former West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus had his officers initiate an unwarranted, racially motivated surveillance and arrest of a Black Portland man as a favor to the chief’s fishing buddy

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Battle Ground High School Senior Wins Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, Advances to State

Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy ...

DOJ to Investigate Wrongful Arrest of Black Man in Oregon

The decision comes a week after U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer urged a federal probe into...

Wednesday, February 19 Will Be Declared 'Rip City Day'

Ceremony at City Hall will honor the rich history of the organization ...

Seattle Pacific University Hosts Music Events

Seattle Pacific University invites the public to a series of free music events during the months of February and March ...

A Celebration of Portland’s Role in the Negro Leagues to be Held Thursday, Feb. 20

The community is invited for a celebration of Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of Negro League Baseball in America ...

Concordia University in Minnesota to own Boise law school

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota has agreed to become the new “parent institution” for Concordia Law in Boise, law school officials announced Thursday. The law school has been looking for a new owner since its current parent parent institution,...

Fatal Portland light-rail stabbings case goes to jury

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The case of a man charged in the fatal stabbing of two men who authorities say confronted him during a racist rant on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train went to the jury for deliberation Wednesday.Prosecutors said in closing arguments that Jeremy Christian is an...

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Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

HANAU, Germany (AP) — A German who shot and killed nine people of foreign background in a rampage that began at a hookah bar frequented by immigrants had posted an online rant calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst,”...

Israel calls on Belgium to scrap parade over anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday called on Belgium to scrap this weekend's annual Carnival parade after last year's featured a float with anti-Semitic caricatures.The carnival in the industrial city of Aalst has its roots in the Middle Ages and often features satirical floats that take...

Syracuse University lifts suspensions of racism protesters

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has lifted the suspensions of 30 student protesters to allow the university to "step back from the edge” and address reports of racist graffiti and other bias-related incidents on campus, he told the university's...

ENTERTAINMENT

Success of 'To All the Boys' puts stars on Hollywood's radar

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2018 release of the Netflix teen rom-com "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," changed the lives of its stars, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, by putting them on Hollywood’s radar."People are taking me more seriously," said Condor, a 22-year-old Vietnamese American....

No conspiracy this time: Dan Brown writing children's book

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Brown's next book will have a lighter, more musical touch. The “Da Vinci Code” author is working on a picture story, “Wild Symphony," scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced the...

Review: A CGI canine yearns to be free in 'Call of the Wild'

Does the dog movie have any new tricks? Do we want it to?For the most part, we want our dog movies like our pooches: comforting, obedient and slightly slobbery. “The Call of the Wild,” the latest adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novel, is all those things but adds a new twist....

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria,...

New Mexico sues Google over collection of children's data

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general sued Google Thursday over allegations the tech...

NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the...

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and...

Defense lawyers say they will seek French asylum for Assange

PARIS (AP) — Julian Assange's European defense team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for...

Germany's immigrant community in Hanau reeling after attack

HANAU, Germany (AP) — In the German town of Hanau, a longtime immigrant destination with decades of...

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Saad Abedine and Laura Smith-Spark CNN

Russia declared Thursday that its goal is to end the bloody conflict in Syria, not help the nation's embattled president cling to power at all costs."We are advocating the solution that would prevent the collapse of the region and the continuous civil war," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a televised news conference in Moscow.

"Not retain (President Bashar) al-Assad and his regime."

To do that, he said, talks between opposing sides are crucial.

"First, people should negotiate, agree on how their participation would be guaranteed ... not first destroy everything and then try to negotiate," Putin said.

Al-Assad has not visited Moscow a lot in his tenure, and Russia does not have "special economic relations" with Syria, according to Putin.

Russia is "not concerned" about al-Assad's fate, he said.

"We understand what's going on there (in Syria). We know that this family has been in power for 40 years," he said.

The Syrian civil war started in March 2011 when a government crackdown on civilian demonstrators morphed into a fight between government forces and rebels.

U.S. officials have accused Russia and China of blocking efforts to topple al-Assad by vetoing United Nations Security Council resolutions against the Syrian government.

Meanwhile, Syria's opposition coalition Thursday denied any targeting of Russian citizens over Moscow's stance, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

The news agency said it had received a statement from the opposition coalition that condemned any attacks on "innocent civilians," whatever their nationality.

"While condemning the Russian government's policy and position on political and military support for al-Assad's regime, the National Coalition states unequivocally that the Russian leadership alone bears the entire responsibility for its actions and Russian citizens are not to blame for that," it quotes the statement as saying.

The National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces gained recognition from the United States and others at a Friends of Syria meeting in Morocco this month. Russia was not present.

On Wednesday, Haitham al-Maleh, a prominent leader of the Syrian opposition abroad, told broadcaster Al Jazeera that Russians are a "legitimate" target for Syrian militants since Russia supports al-Assad.

Two Russian citizens were kidnapped Monday along with an Italian near the western Syrian port city of Latakia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman warned Wednesday that the situation has "escalated dangerously," according to a U.N. media release.

"As we have repeatedly underlined, the military approach pursued by both sides comes at a devastating cost in terms of human lives and destruction, and breeds a serious risk of sectarian and communal strife, radicalization and terrorism," he told a meeting of the Security Council.

"If nothing is done to change the current dynamic, and to move toward a political solution, the destruction of Syria will be the likely outcome."

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed Wednesday for $1.5 billion to help civilians affected by the conflict in Syria over the next six months.

The aid will go to help those still in Syria, as well as more than half a million registered refugees outside its borders.

U.N. planners say about $1 billion will be needed to support refugees in countries including Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt, with numbers expected to rise as high as a million in the first half of next year.

The remaining $500 million will help an estimated 4 million people inside Syria who need urgent humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations, about half of whom have fled their homes.

The conflict has held the attention of world powers for months because of relentless brutality that has left more than 40,000 people dead.

The death toll so far Thursday is 28, including three women and three children, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an opposition network.

 

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