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Oregon GOP Senators Extend Walkout to 5th Day

Republicans fled Salem last week over climate vote, and Capitol building closed Saturday after threat

The Latest: Oregon Republicans Missing for Second Day

Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day

Trail Blazers Select Nassir Little With 25th Pick

The Portland Trail Blazers selected North Carolina forward Nassir Little with the 25th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

High Court Avoids New Case Over Same-sex Wedding Cake

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

NEWS BRIEFS

Black Excellence on the World Stage: W.E.B. Du Bois Exhibit at Portland Art Museum

In an exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition, W.E.B. Du Bois presented a remarkable portrait of African American life. A selection of...

Education as a Path to Leadership Organization Awards Scholarships to Washington Women

Woman of Wonder chose three Washington women for its first scholarships. ...

Oregon May Allow Bicyclist to Yield, Not Stop, at Stop Signs

A study found this practice to be safer. ...

Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Colleges Offer Scholarships for Medical Assistant Students

Scholarships aim to build workforce for better care, better jobs ...

Chief Outlaw Relaxes Police Officer Hiring Standards

The Portland Police Bureau is experiencing a staffing shortage, as it currently has 128 officer vacancies, with a large number of...

In Oregon, stark rural-urban divide fuels climate dispute

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation.Eleven...

Oregon city council clarifies rule to stop curbside camping

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city council has passed a legal clarification that it hopes will end curbside camping.The Register-Guard reported Monday that city councilors in Eugene voted 6-0 Monday to allow trespass complaints against people who set up tents on strips of land between...

Former Missouri football coach Pinkel says cancer returned

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel says he is being treated for cancer again.Pinkel told ABC17 TV in Columbia Saturday that he had treatment last month after his cancer came out of remission for the first time in four years.Pinkel retired after the 2015 season...

OPINION

US Poverty Statistics Ignore Millions of Struggling Americans

Researchers say: Families with two out of five different types of deprivation qualify as poor: low income; poor health; no High School diploma; unemployed; no health insurance ...

Creative + Strategic = Effective Movements for Change

Author and Editor Rivera Sun says if you want to make change, think outside the protest box. ...

Mayor Dyer and Chief Mina Accused of Excessive Force in Lawsuit: What Has Changed?

During an arrest in 2015 of bank department executive, Noel Carter, who happens to be a Black man was viciously and brutally beaten along Orange Avenue early in the morning. ...

U.S. Attempt to Erase Harriet Tubman

Traitors like Jefferson Davis and other Confederates are memorialized while a woman who risked her life time and again to free enslaved people is simply dismissed. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Can 2020 Dems do more than just decry Trump on immigration?

Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing the Trump administration.Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities...

Federal judges send 2020 census lawsuit back to lower court

BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit that alleges a 2020 census question pushed by the Trump administration violates minorities' rights will be sent back to a federal court in Maryland so new evidence can be considered, U.S. appeals judges ruled Tuesday.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision comes...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged...

ENTERTAINMENT

High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week's inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it's likely, one tweeting president.While the event is obviously important for politicians...

Fox's Hannity, Carlson enjoy Trump rally ratings bonanza

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson enjoyed a ratings surge from the channel's solo extended coverage of President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff.Viewers watching last week's rally in Orlando, Florida, helped cable star "Hannity" earn a rare top 10 showing...

Trump opponents turn the Mueller report into an art form

NEW YORK (AP) — Liz Zito is a multimedia artist so immersed in the Mueller Report that she wrote fan fiction to fill in the parts that were redacted by the Justice Department. When she worried that other Americans didn't know about the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller, she found...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Cardi B pleads not guilty to new charges in strip club brawl

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection...

NASA to open moon rock samples sealed since Apollo missions

HOUSTON (AP) — Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent...

Pompeo meets Indian leader amid trade tensions, Iran crisis

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings in India's capital on Wednesday amid...

Rome doctors warn of health hazards from city's garbage woes

ROME (AP) — Doctors in Rome are warning of possible health hazards caused by overflowing trash bins in the...

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Republican and Democratic senators have reached a deal on a scaled-down bill to help 9/11 first responders who became sick from having worked in the dust of the World Trade Center.

Congressional aides close to the negotiations tell The Associated Press that the deal calls for providing up to $4 billion in health care and economic aid over five years to first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

The aides — three Democratic and one Republican — verified the deal Wednesday but said they couldn't talk about it openly.

The measure is about $2 billion less than the bill proposed earlier this week by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Both the Senate and the House were expected to vote on the measure later Wednesday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

The Senate is headed for a key test vote on a bill that would provide up $6.2 billion to aid people who became sick after being exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center ruins.

Bill supporters say they're confident they have the 60 votes needed to prevail on the vote expected Wednesday. But they worry that Republicans who oppose the measure could try to stall a final vote as the holidays near and Congress' lame duck session winds down.

The bill would provide medical and economic benefits over 10 years to survivors and responders to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

It also would have to be approved by the House. New York lawmakers are pressing the House to remain in session for the vote.

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