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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Asks US to Rescind Deputization of City Police

Fifty-six Portland officers were deputized as federal officers last weekend. Portland city officials apparently did not know that their officers' federal deputization status would last until the end of this year.

Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

NEWS BRIEFS

Mayor Wheeler Releases a Response to Presidential Debate

Portland's mayor says, "Like a virus infecting our body politic, intimidation and hate are being spread by Donald Trump." ...

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be offering free screening for all ages. ...

Oregon Reports 181 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

Although the curve is not flat, the number of cases is fluctuateing slightly less, with 21 new cases in Multnomah County. ...

Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin says, “I learned about supporting my community from the examples of the adults in my neighborhood, and no one ever thought...

Medford, local police facing suits after homeless camp sweep

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Eight people arrested by the Medford Police Department during a recent homeless camp sweep say they plan to sue the city, its police department and Jackson County.Attorney Justin Rosas, who represents the arrestees, called the arrests unconstitutional, disputing the park...

Portland asks US to rescind deputization of city police

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland has asked U.S. officials to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers in Oregon's largest city as part of the response to ongoing protests in the city.Mayor Ted Wheeler said late Tuesday that he had “asked the U.S....

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

OPINION

In Washington Post, Gupta Shows How Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO says, “Trump is far better at the art of distraction than understanding the powers — and limits — of the presidency." ...

Civil Rights Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

The list of new endorsements include National Black Lives Matter activist and Campaign Zero Founder Deray Mckesson, civil rights attorney Bobbin Singh and others. ...

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden, Trump press contrasts in Midwest after debate chaos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden kept up their debate-stage clash from afar on Wednesday as they competed for working-class voters in the Midwest, while elected officials in both parties — and the debate commission, too — sought to deal with the...

Trump to far-right extremists: 'Stand back and stand by'

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”“Almost...

Man charged in racist vandalism of suburban Detroit home

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window, police said Wednesday.Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said...

ENTERTAINMENT

'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy, '70s hitmaker, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I Am Woman” and recorded a string of other hits, has died. She was 78.Reddy’s children Traci and Jordan announced that the actor-singer died Tuesday in Los Angeles....

New Steinem biopic shines light on a sisterhood of activists

Among the pithy quips attributed to Gloria Steinem over the years is this reply to why she wasn't interested in getting married: “I can’t mate in captivity.”She did eventually marry, to her own surprise, at age 66. But that scene takes up barely a minute in Julie...

Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was 78.His longtime manager Jim...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'It belongs to us!": Tense French trial over colonial art

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act?...

Vision 2020: How does early voting work in the US election?

WASHINGTON (AP) — What states vote early and when are these votes counted?All states allow some form of...

As Brazil's wetlands burned, government did little to help

PORTO JOFRE, Brazil (AP) — After hours navigating Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands in search of jaguars...

Assange bugged while at Ecuadorian Embassy, UK court told

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's conversations in the latter part of his 7-year stay at the Ecuadorian...

Azerbaijan, Armenia no closer to ending clashes after 4 days

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region...

32 acquitted in razing of India mosque that set off violence

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 people accused of crimes in a 1992...

Don't Call the Police for domestic disturbances
CNN


HONG KONG (CNN) -- As the death toll from China's bird flu outbreak rose to 22 with news of another victim in eastern Zhejiang Province, the World Health Organization warned the H7N9 virus was one of the most lethal that doctors and medical investigators had faced in recent years."This is an unusually dangerous virus for humans," Keiji Fukuda, WHO's assistant director-general for health, security and the environment told a news conference in Beijing Wednesday.

"We think this virus is more easily transmitted from poultry to humans than H5N1," he added, referring to the bird flu outbreak between 2004 and 2007 that claimed 332 lives.

"This is definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses that we have seen so far."

As investigations continue into the possible sources of infection, Fukuda warned that authorities were still struggling to understand the virus. The WHO said China must brace for continued infections.

Fukuda's warning came as Taiwanese health authorities said they've confirmed the first human case of H7N9 in Taiwan -- one they said was imported from China.

A 53-year-old Taiwanese man who worked in eastern China was confirmed to have H7N9 on Wednesday, the Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control said. His condition was described to be severe.

He had been traveling back and forth regularly between China's Jingsu province and Taiwan, health officials said.

"According to the case, he had not been exposed to birds and poultry during his stay in Suzhou (in Jingsu province) and had not consumed undercooked poultry or eggs," the Taiwanese CDC said.

Taiwanese health officials said they are screening travelers arriving from China for signs of H7N9.

Fukuda, meanwhile, said WHO officials "are at the beginning of our understanding of this virus."

"(The situation remains) complex, difficult and it is evolving," he said.

So far there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission, the authorities say.

"We do want to note, however, that if limited person-to-person transmission is demonstrated in the future, this really will not be surprising," Fukuda warned, adding that it was critical to remain vigilant, monitoring the virus's spread and mutation.

"We are not sure that the clusters were caused by common exposure to a source of the virus or were due to limited person-to-person transmission," he said. "Moreover we have not seen sustained person-to-person transmission."

While some elements of the outbreak have baffled investigators -- specifically why the virus tends to target an elderly demographic and the fact that it is asymptomatic or mild in some cases and lethal in others -- authorities have claimed some significant victories in the fight against a pandemic.

Anne Kelso, the director of a WHO-collaborating research center, said researchers had seen a "dramatic slowdown" in human cases in Shanghai after the city's live poultry market was shut on April 6. Describing the finding as "very encouraging," she said evidence suggests the closure of live poultry markets is an effective way to stop the spread of the virus.

The joint inspection team from China's National Health and Family Planning Commission and the World Health Organization also found that, so far, no migratory birds have tested positive for the virus, taking another worrying route of transmission out of the equation.

It said the H7N9 virus is only being found in chickens, ducks and pigeons at live poultry markets

WHO officials said there are already efforts underway in other countries to develop a vaccine after Chinese officials admitted international help would be needed with this.

Meanwhile, the National Health and Family Planning Commission said in its daily update on H7N9 cases that a total of 108 H7N9 cases have been reported in China, including 22 deaths. Most cases have been confined to Shanghai and neighboring provinces in eastern China.

 

CNN's Ivan Watson and Feng Ke in Beijing contributed to this report.

 

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