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NEWS BRIEFS

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

Forum will focus on public safety and examine mental health and addiction issues ...

King County Council Recognizes Juneteenth

The Metropolitan King County Council recognizes a true 'freedom day' in the United States ...

Unite Oregon Hosts ‘Mourn Pray Love, and Take Action’ June 20

Community is invited to gather at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 6 p.m. on World Refugee Day ...

MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

Recipients include Oregon DACA Coalition, Kúkátónón Children’s African Dance Troupe, Komemma Cultural Protection Association ...

CareOregon Awards $250,000 for Housing Projects

Recipients include Rogue Retreat, Bridges to Change, Luke Dorf, Transition Projects and Bridge Meadows ...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

Protesters on round-the-clock vigil at Oregon ICE facility

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small group of protesters has set up camp outside the Portland, Oregon headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings.About two dozen protesters gathered...

Woman shot to death in Snohomish-area home, man arrested

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 45-year-old woman was shot to death northeast of Seattle in her Snohomish-area home and a man believed to be her husband has been arrested.The Seattle Times reports a man called 911 around 9 p.m. Monday and reported that someone had been hurt in his...

Colorado to adopt California's stricter car pollution rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Tuesday ordered his state to adopt California's vehicle pollution rules, joining other states in resisting the Trump administration's plans to ease up on emission standards.Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper told state regulators begin writing rules that...

OPINION

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

Juneteenth is a celebration of the de facto end of slavery, but the proliferation of incarceration keeps liberation unfulfilled ...

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit

For all its weaknesses, we are better off having had the summit than not ...

Redlining Settlement Fails to Provide Strong Penalties

A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied ...

5 Lessons on Peace I Learned from My Cat Soleil

Dr. Jasmine Streeter takes some cues on comfort from her cat ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Bucks' Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers' use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.Brown's attorney Mark...

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state...

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry.The legislation would...

ENTERTAINMENT

CBS' '60 Minutes' gathers audience week by week

NEW YORK (AP) — The newsmagazine "60 Minutes" was not television's most popular program this year, but for the 11th consecutive season it had more people who watched at least once during the year than any other non-sports show on TV.The Nielsen company's cumulative measurement of programs...

Film Review: 'The King' is guilty of an Elvis crime- excess

It's usually a bad sign when critics start questioning your film before it's even finished. But director Eugene Jarecki had to endure worse. While making the documentary "The King," he actually got gruff from a member of his own film crew.After a car breaks down, Jarecki takes the opportunity to...

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The lawyer for slain rapper XXXTentacion said Tuesday that detectives believe...

Trump raises risk of economically harmful US-China trade war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China edged closer Tuesday to triggering the riskiest trade war in...

Meat 2.0? Clean meat? Spat shows the power of food wording

NEW YORK (AP) — If meat is grown in a lab without slaughtering animals, what should it be called?That...

Merkel says climate change is 'a fact,' laments US stance

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel took aim Tuesday at U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to...

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab,...

London police say short circuit caused minor subway blast

LONDON (AP) — A battery short circuit caused a small explosion at a London Underground station that injured...

Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina take the stage before the Republican presidential debate at the Milwaukee Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Milwaukee. John Kasich and Rand Paul were also on stage for the debate. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
THOMAS BEAUMONT, CATHERINE LUCEY, SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Ted Cruz says his campaign has momentum. Donald Trump is giving his supporters the hard sell. Ben Carson says he's not worried about his standing in Iowa.

With less than 60 days before the leadoff presidential caucuses, Republican candidates traversed Iowa Saturday trying to convince voters to back them for the presidential nomination.

Speaking to reporters before a candidate forum in Cedar Rapids, Cruz said Republican voters are starting to coalesce behind his candidacy. The Texas senator said his support was growing stronger as the time to vote draws near.

"They are looking not for a campaign conservative who talks a good game on the trail, they want a consistent conservative," Cruz said. "In the wake of the Paris attacks and the wake of San Bernardino, voters are looking for a strong commander in chief."

Cruz, who entered and exited to a standing ovation from the crowd, promised to "utterly destroy" Islamic terrorists.

"We will carpet-bomb them into oblivion," Cruz said. "I don't know if sand can glow in the dark, but we're going to find out."

Front-runner Donald Trump urged supporters at a rally in Spencer to do all they can to make it to the caucuses on Feb. 1. Many of Trump's supporters have not voted in previous presidential contests, and a hoarse Trump said a strong showing was essential for his campaign — and turning out is everything.

"You've got to get to the caucus, you've got to get there," Trump said. "Even if you're not feeling good, if you're feeling horrible, if you had a horrible fight with your wife or your husband... if you caught your husband cheating the night before, you've got to go to the caucus, right? And vice versa."

The Iowa caucuses — which are heavily influenced by evangelical Christians on the Republican side — can give a candidate momentum, but have not always been a strong predictor of the eventual Republican nominee. In 2012 former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum eked out a win and in 2008 former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was the victor. Neither won the nomination.

Carson, in response to questions from reporters following his speech in Cedar Rapids, attributed his recent drop in Iowa polls to "a feeling that I don't know anything about foreign affairs." But he said he wasn't worried.

"This is a marathon, it's not a sprint," Carson said. "Poll numbers go up and down, they have been since the beginning and they will continue to do so. ... My job is to continue to tell the truth and be who I am and let the people make the decision."

National security was a top issue for the candidates, following the San Bernardino massacre and the recent attacks in Paris.

Cruz defended his call for prayers in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino.

"There has never been a time in the history of this country where we needed prayer more," Cruz said to cheers.

Before his event, Trump repeated to reporters recent comments that the U.S. should target terrorists' families, saying: "We have to start looking at families now, we have to look at 'em very tough." He gave no specifics, however.

Cruz was one of five candidates who spoke at an event sponsored by the tea party-backed FreedomWorks. Before his speech, Cruz defended his vote earlier this year to eliminate the National Security Agency's bulk phone-records collection program and replace it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies' hands. The more restrictive program went into effect four days before the San Bernardino shooting.

"The reason this terror attack occurred is not that the federal government needs to see yet more private information from law-abiding citizens," Cruz said.

Cruz also rejected calls from the Obama administration and the Democratic presidential candidates for stricter gun-control laws. Cruz blamed the Obama administration with failing to "distinguish between good guys and bad guys."

"We don't stop the bad guys by taking away our guns," Cruz said. "We stop the bad guys by using our guns. We need to be protecting law-abiding citizens and targeting terrorists. As president, I will focus the national security and law enforcement apparatus on radical Islamic terrorists."

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who also opposed the phone data collection program, told reporters at the Cedar Rapids event that collecting more data would only provide a "false sense of protection."

Paul lumped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in with Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying he is "quickly becoming the establishment candidate" because of his support for military intervention to remove Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Paul generally favors limiting American influence overseas.

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