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US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail

The Yakima, Washington judge called the changes “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Black and Jewish Community Join to Revive Historic Partnership

United in Spirit Oregon brings together members of the NAACP, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, others to serve as peacemakers 

Feds Explored Possibly Charging Portland Officials in Unrest

Federal officials were told that Portland police officers were explicitly told not to respond to the federal courthouse

Latest: Report: Downed Power Lines Sparked 13 Oregon Fires

As wildfires continue to burn in Oregon and the west, here are today's updates.

NEWS BRIEFS

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. ...

Forest Service Explains 'Containment'

US Forest Service, Riverside Fire provides a special update to explain how they achieve wildfire containment. ...

Oregon Receives Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration for Wildfires

Decision will enable federal aid to begin flowing, as unprecedented wildfires ravage state and force evacuation of thousands ...

Wildfire death toll in Oregon increases to nine

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state's Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday.Fires continued to rage across the West Coast Monday. The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service reported Monday...

Man shoots self in groin while flaunting gun in supermarket

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — Police say an Oregon man is recovering after he accidentally shot himself while flaunting a handgun at a Lincoln City supermarket. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the mishap happened Sunday night when Nicholas J. Ellingford brandished his Glock 9mm in the checkout...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25.The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198.Of course, in this strange season of COVID-19, Ohio State's streak was...

Potential impact transfers this season aren't limited to QBs

While most of the offseason chatter surrounding college football transfers inevitably focuses on quarterbacks, plenty of notable players at other positions also switched teams and could make major impacts for their new schools this fall.Miami may offer the clearest example of this.Quarterback...

OPINION

SPLC Statement on the Passing of Rev. Robert S. Graetz Jr.

Graetz was the only white clergyman to publicly support the Montgomery Bus Boycott ...

Tell Your Senators: “Let the People Decide”

Just 45 days before Election Day, voters like you should have a say in choosing our next Supreme Court justice ...

Inventor Urges Congress to Pass Laws Upholding Patent Rights

German Supreme Court ruling prevents African American company Enovsys from licensing its widely used technology in Germany ...

The Extraordinary BIPOC Coalition Support Measure 110

Coming together to change the systemic racism of the failed approach to drugs and addiction ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic...

Chastain snags Ganassi Cup ride in busy NASCAR free agency

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ross Chastain snagged one of the coveted open Cup seats on Monday in a promotion at Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 next season.This year marks a particularly active free agency period with heavy turnover expected among a limited number of rides. The No. 42...

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the...

ENTERTAINMENT

Fox News apologizes for using debunked coronavirus story

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel apologized on Monday “for any confusion” in reporting a now-debunked story about the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, supposedly concealing the number of coronavirus cases linked to bars and restaurants in that city because they were so low.The...

The 'Pandemmys' were weird and sometimes wonderful

It was Regina King, winning her fourth career Emmy on Sunday, who perhaps summed up the proceedings the most succinctly — and accurately: “This is freaking weird."Why, yes, being handed your Emmy inside your home, by a person you didn't know was coming, with fellow nominees zooming in...

Review: 'Agents of Chaos,' from Russia, but not with love

Let's take a trip back in American history, but not too way back. To a time not that unfamiliar — the last presidential election. Do you remember all the stuff swirling around in 2016?Fancy Bear. Paul Manafort. Julian Assange. Guccifer 2.0. George Papadopoulos. The Steele dossier. The...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Soaring wealth during pandemic highlights rising inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' household wealth rebounded last quarter to a record high as the stock market...

Born to prevent war, UN at 75 faces a deeply polarized world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday with its chief urging leaders...

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison...

Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he...

Indian couple run street-side classes for poor students

NEW DELHI (AP) — On a quiet road in India's capital, tucked away on a wide, red-bricked sidewalk, kids set...

Plaque symbolizing Thai democracy removed in less than a day

BANGKOK (AP) — A plaque honoring struggles for democracy in Thailand was removed from a royal field less...

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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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