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Oregon Denies Permit for Pipeline Before Federal Decision

Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development says a proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would have significant adverse effects on the state's coastal scenic and aesthetic resources, endangered species and critical habitat

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"

NEWS BRIEFS

OneUnited Bank Launches New Limited-Edition Harriet Tubman Card

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, introduces the new limited-edition Harriet Tubman Card in celebration of...

Oregon House Votes to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Makes Way for Senate Action ...

Black History Month 2020: “African Americans and the Vote”

In our celebration of Black History Month 2020, the DPO Black Caucus looks forward to the screening of the award-winning documentary,...

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...

Man pleads guilty to helping suspect in deputy shooting

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A Kalama man pleaded guilty this week to assisting the escape of the man who killed Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin DeRosier in April. The Daily News reports Matthew Veatch, 26, pleaded guilty in Cowlitz Superior Court to rendering criminal assistance,...

Person in custody after gun incident near courthouse

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A man is in custody Thursday after police say he was waving a gun and threatening bystanders near Clackamas County’s courthouse.Oregon City police said there was a report of a person “menacing with a gun” at the courthouse, which is located on...

OPINION

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

Democrats try to blunt strong California showing for Sanders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is the largest prize in the calculations of any Democratic presidential candidate, but it rarely seems that way.But no one is underselling California this time. Bernie Sanders has been working the state for months, organizing intensively among Latinos and...

Tech boom, suburban growth drive Nevada's Democratic shift

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Twenty years ago, long before Nevada was part of the early presidential selection process, the phone typically rang unanswered at Washoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Reno during mid-term elections."We had a small conference room and a tiny reception area, but no...

Woman pleads guilty to crash that killed white supremacist

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to manslaughter in a car crash that killed a white supremacist leader.Emily Sherry, 24, entered her plea in the April 2018 death of Robert Ransdell, 37. Sherry was driving under the influence on Interstate 275 when she veered...

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

TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

CHICAGO (AP) — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking...

Wrestler adds to abuse allegations against university doctor

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — An Olympic wrestler on Thursday accused a University of Michigan doctor of...

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...

Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

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

South Sudan rival leaders agree to form coalition government

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival leaders on Thursday announced they have agreed to form...

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

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

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LIBYA:
Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fire tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tripoli as a fierce crackdown that has terrorized parts of the capital the past week seemingly smothers attempts to revive demonstrations calling for the Libyan leader's ouster. Gadhafi's forces also make an intensified assault on Zawiya, the closest opposition-held city to Tripoli, killing at least 18 people, including the commander of the local rebel forces Hussein Darbouk, a colonel in Gadhafi's army who had defected. Rebel fighters attack a government force at the oil port of Ras Lanouf in central Libya, but the pro-Gadhafi forces appear to be holding their positions.
Ahead of the planned protests, Internet services appear to be halted completely. Renesys Corp., a U.S.-based company that maps the pathways of the Internet, says it hasn't been able to reach any websites inside Libya on Friday.  The Skanner News Video: Libya, Tunisia and Egypt



YEMEN:

Soldiers open fire at anti-government protesters in northern Yemen, killing four people and wounding seven. Witnesses say the shootings in the town of Harf Sofyan occurred as soldiers tried to disperse thousands who took to the main street for Friday prayers. Tens of thousands also assemble amid tight security near Sanaa University in the capital to call for Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster. The main speaker during prayers at the university, Yahia Hussein al-Deilami, tells those gathered that "deposing a tyrant is a religious duty." Hundreds of thousands of protesters also demonstrate in Taiz, Hadramawt, Ibb and Hudaydah in what is dubbed as the "Friday of the national cohesion."

Several thousand government supporters stage counter demonstrations in the capital, urging the opposition to respond to the president's call for dialogue.



BAHRAIN:

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators chanting slogans against the Sunni dynasty stream toward the headquarters of Bahrain's state television after sectarian clashes between Sunnis and the majority Shiites leading protests in the strategic Gulf nation.

The street fighting underscored the tensions building after nearly three weeks of unrest that has left the tiny island kingdom in a stalemate between the Sunni monarchy and Shiite-led demonstrators who claim widespread discrimination and demand a greater voice in the nation's affairs.



EGYPT:

Egypt's prime minister-designate Essam Sharaf appears before thousands of demonstrators at a central Cairo square and promises to do everything he can to meet their demands for political change. He also pleads with them to turn their attention to "rebuilding" the country. Sharaf's government will serve in a caretaker capacity until parliamentary elections are held.

The Supreme Armed Forces Council that took control of the country from ousted President Hosni Mubarak says a referendum on constitutional changes to allow for competitive parliamentary and presidential elections will be held on March 19.



JORDAN:

Political opponents amplify their calls for Jordan's new prime minister to resign and demand to be brought into a unity government to usher in swift reforms to open up the kingdom's politics. "Enough is enough, our patience has run out," shouts political independent Sufian Tal, reflecting the views of many among the 2,000 Jordanians who take to the streets of Amman.

The U.S.-allied King Abdullah II, who so far has not faced calls for his ouster, appointed a new prime minister and ordered him to implement some political changes, including a fairer election law. But protesters are also demanding that Abdullah give up the power to appoint the prime minister and the rest of the Cabinet.



TUNISIA:

Tunisia's new premier says he will present a new Cabinet in coming days to help get beyond the renewed bout of violence in the North African country that led his predecessor to quit, and pull his country back from the "abyss."

Beji Caid-Essebsi's announcement is the latest step by Tunisia's interim leaders to stabilize the country after longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled amid protests in January — sparking unrest across the Arab world.



IRAQ:

Thousands of Iraqis rally in Baghdad and other cities in anti-government demonstrations despite security checkpoints and a vehicle ban that forces many to walk for hours to the heart of the capital. Most of the protests are peaceful, but police use water cannons against demonstrators in the southern city of Basra and beat some journalists covering the demonstrations. The protesters want improved government services, better pay and an end to corruption in Iraq.

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