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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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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 ...

Kresge Foundation Selects PCC To Participate in Its National Boost Initiative

The $495,000 grant awarded to PCC and Albina Head Start will help connect low-income residents and students to services and...

Attorney Jamila Taylor Announces Run for State House of Representatives in Washington

Taylor pledges to continue outgoing Rep. Pellicciotti’s commitment to open, accountable government in a statement released today ...

Man described as burglar fatally shot by homeowner ID'd

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County medical examiner has identified a person who police say broke into a house and was fatally shot by a homeowner Thursday as a 19-year-old Vancouver man.Franson Take was killed by a gunshot wound to the torso, according to the medical examiner’s...

US jury in Las Vegas mulling accused Vagos racketeering case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jurors in Las Vegas began deliberating Wednesday whether federal prosecutors proved after five months of contentious testimony that eight accused Vagos biker gang members conspired in a broad criminal racketeering enterprise to commit violent crimes. Those crimes included...

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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

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black.Years later, McNair was selected to become...

The Latest: Sanders: Democrat with most delegates should win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The latest on the 2020 presidential campaign and Democratic debat e (all times local):8 p.m.Bernie Sanders is the only Democratic candidate on the debate stage who thinks the candidate with the most delegates should win the party’s presidential nomination even if he...

Racist comment stirs emotion for black Rhode Island lawmaker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who is accused of calling another black female lawmaker a term that disparages their culture says she's ready to have a private conversation with her colleague so they can heal and discuss issues that the state's black and brown communities...

ENTERTAINMENT

Jury ends 1st day of deliberations in Weinstein's rape trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial ended their first day of deliberations Tuesday with lots of questions and no verdict in the landmark #MeToo case that could put the once-powerful Hollywood producer behind bars for the rest of his life.The panel of seven men and...

Jennifer Lawrence to star in Adam McKay comedy for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Adam McKay comedy “Don't Look Up” for Netflix. The streaming giant on Wednesday announced that it acquired the the project. McKay, who wrote the script, will direct the film about two low-level astronomers who go on a media...

Bestselling young adult authors are aiming at older readers

NEW YORK (AP) — After gaining millions of young readers for her “Divergent” fantasy series, Veronica Roth decided she and her characters were ready for the next phase — a novel for adults.“I grew up on stories like ‘Dune’ and ‘Harry...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

UN: Thousands fleeing Syrian offensive, kids dying in cold

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being...

NFL's Saints head to court in Catholic Church email dispute

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints headed to court Thursday in a bid to block the release of...

Plaintiffs' attorneys take aim at Boy Scouts' `dark history'

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Like millions of other Americans in the 1950s and '60s, Duane Ruth-Heffelbower spent...

France steps up investigation around Ghosn, Omani dealership

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are turning up the heat on disgraced car industry executive Carlos Ghosn,...

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to begin new life on March 31

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are breaking free of the royal family starting...

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

LONDON (AP) — Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left...

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's information minister denied suggestions Monday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was headed to this South American country.

Andres Izarra said in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press that "it's false" that Gadhafi is flying to Venezuela. He did not elaborate.

Izarra was responding to inquiries about a statement by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who said he had seen "some information to suggest" Gadhafi was on his way to Venezuela.

Hague spoke after a meeting of European Union foreign ministers that sharply condemned Libyan authorities for their crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

But EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton dismissed Hague's comment, saying she knew nothing about it. EU officials who attended the ministerial meeting also described the report as "unfounded rumors."

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is an ally of Gadhafi.

Later Tuesday, the Venezuelan foreign ministry released a statement saying Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro was told by Libyan counterpart, Moussa Koussa, that Gadhafi was in Libya's capital "confronting the situation that's gripping the country."

The statement said that during the phone conversation, Maduro referred to "the historic friendship between the Venezuelan and Libyan people" and told Koussa that he hoped "the Libyan people, exercising their sovereignty, find a peaceful solution to their difficulties."

Maduro also condemned what the statement called "imperialist meddling" during the recent unrest in the Middle East.

The communique said Maduro and Koussa agreed "to share firsthand information regarding the evolution of the situation" in Libya.

Chavez, who shares Gadhafi's antagonistic stance toward the United States, last met with his Libyan counterpart in October during a trip to Tripoli, where officials signed economic cooperation agreements.

During his visit to Chavez received an honorary degree from Tripoli's Academy of Higher Education.

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