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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"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste of Smoke

No one knows the extent of the smoke damage to the crop, and growers are trying to assess the severity.

Black Lives Matters Protestors, Organizers Keep Up Momentum

Hazardous air quality stopped protests for a week, interrupted the more-than-100 nights of demonstrations.

NEWS BRIEFS

Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Black Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

Iannarone seeks to unseat an embattled Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has increasingly high unfavorable approval ratings. ...

Today in History: Senate Confirms Nomination of First Female Justice to Supreme Court

On Sept. 21, 1981, the Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the...

Free Masks and Gloves Now Available for Small Businesses

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees that are headquartered in Oregon with principal operations in Oregon are eligible. ...

Arrests in Portland protest follow fairly calm rally

PORTLAND (AP) — Several people in Portland, Oregon, were arrested in anti-police brutality protests that continued into early Sunday, hours after demonstrations ended with few reports of violence.The protests that began Saturday night were declared an unlawful assembly and police began...

Portland, Oregon, largely peaceful after right-wing rally

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say a right-wing rally and counter-protests in Portland, Oregon, have largely dispersed without serious violence Saturday, though they are investigating an assault after one person who was documenting the event was pushed to the ground and kicked in the...

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...

No. 2 Alabama visits Missouri to begin SEC-only campaign

No. 2 Alabama at Missouri, Saturday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).Line: Alabama by 27 1/2.Series record: Alabama leads 4-2.WHAT’S AT STAKE?The second-ranked Crimson Tide will go for their fifth straight win over Missouri when the teams open their SEC-only schedule at Faurot Field. The Tigers will be...

OPINION

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. ...

National Bar Association Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision

Not only was justice not served, the desultory and insufficient result we received today was also unacceptably slow in manifesting. ...

All Officers Responsible for Breonna Taylor’s Murder Must Be Held Accountable

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement in response to the grand jury’s findings regarding the police who murdered Breonna Taylor ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Organizer arrested after driving car into California protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An organizer of a Southern California demonstration against racism was in jail Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after authorities say she drove through a crowd and struck two counterprotesters. Tatiana Turner, 40, was arrested Saturday in Yorba Linda after speeding...

Minnesota mayor disputes harassment of COVID-19 survey team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of a southern Minnesota city is disputing state health department claims that a COVID-19 survey team was threatened there earlier this month.State health officials on Friday reported cases of health workers being subjected to hostility — including racial...

Insider Q&A: Accenture directs capital to Black start-ups

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathryn Ross was one of just two Black women in Accenture's Miami office when she first joined the global consulting firm nearly 27 years ago. Now a managing partner, Ross was tapped in December to create the inclusion and diversity agenda for Accenture's venture capital...

ENTERTAINMENT

Q&A: Underwood on holiday album and her little drummer boy

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Award for cutest collaboration of the year goes to Carrie Underwood and her 5-year-old son Isaiah.He’s the little singing boy providing the adorable vocals on “Little Drummer Boy,” one of the 11 tracks on the country superstar’s new...

Billie Lourd introduces newborn son in surprise announcement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Billie Lourd has announced the birth of her son.Lourd announced on her social media Friday that she and her fiance, Austen Rydell, welcomed their newborn son into the world. She is the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016 at the age of 60 following...

'Beginning' triumphs at San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain

SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain (AP) — Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s first feature film “Beginning” triumphed at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, scooping up four of its top prizes including best film and best director. The story about...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Barrett could be Ginsburg's polar opposite on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her White House speech...

Nearly a year after sudden exit, Shepard Smith returns to TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks shy of a year after abruptly quitting Fox News Channel with a declaration that...

Appellate court halts Wisconsin ballot-counting extension

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting...

Fighting erupts between Armenia, Azerbaijan; 18 killed

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has erupted again over the...

Greek police arrest 3 human traffickers, free 7 captives

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Sunday they have arrested three men of Pakistani origin for...

North Korea accuses South of intrusion to find dead official

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused South Korea of sending ships across the disputed sea boundary...

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Many same-sex couples have been stranded in different countries by the federal Defense of Marriage Act. With the demise of DOMA, that is changing fast.

Just ask Judy Rickard of California and British citizen Karin Bogliolo.

They've been together for nearly 10 years and got legally married in the United States two years ago. But DOMA, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, prevented Bogliolo from getting U.S. citizenship.

So Rickard, who is 65, and Bogliolo, 73, have been bouncing back and forth between California and the U.K. "Yo-yo people" and "love exiles" are how they describe their predicament.

And it has been costly.

In 2009, Rickard retired early at a reduced pension from her job at San Jose State University so she could spend six months a year in the U.K. -- the most allowed on a visitor's visa.

Leading separate lives also meant double expenses like rent and utilities, along with the flights back and forth to see each other.

The plane tickets cost around $1,000 apiece. Bogliolo was spending another $1,000 or so a month on a small apartment and utilities in the U.K.

"We've basically been running two households, and we were living like rich people. Rich people can go off and take trips abroad whenever they want, but we're not rich people," said Rickard. "I've had to dip into my retirement savings."

During their odyssey, Rickard and Bogliolo turned to the DOMA Project, which helped them file for a green card for Bogliolo. Those efforts went nowhere until the Supreme Court overturned DOMA in June.

Because the couple had already started the application process, Bogliolo's green card arrived soon after the ruling. She is now packing up her U.K. apartment and getting ready to move to California.

Advocacy group Immigration Equality estimates that there are 36,000 same-sex binational couples living in the United States, many of whom are married and stand to benefit from immigration benefits.

Most will have to wait four to nine months depending on where they live, said Kelly McCown, a San Francisco immigration attorney.

McCown said she has many clients who are looking forward to the emotional and financial relief from citizenship. And it's not just the couples living apart who have been spending thousands of dollars -- the ones who have managed to stay together have taken big financial hits too.

In one of her toughest cases, a Canadian woman has been draining her savings by paying thousands of dollars in travel and visa renewal costs to take care of her American wife, who is battling leukemia. But now they're able to apply for a green card.

She has worked with couples where the foreign spouse was unable to find a job and enrolled in graduate school just to get a student visa to remain in the country. Others have formed their own businesses so that the company could then hire the foreign spouse as an employee.

Australian citizen Anthony John Makk, 50, started a business in the United States so he could get a special visa and live with his American husband, Bradford Raymond Wells, who is 57.

Between visa and legal fees and more than 60 flights back and forth to Australia, the couple racked up well over $150,000 due to DOMA since they got married in 2004.

Like Rickard and Bogliolo, the couple applied for a green card before DOMA was overturned and expect to receive it any day now.

"When you really have to work to be together you appreciate it so much more, and we have worked so hard to stay together every day," said Wells.

 

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