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Attacks by US extremists lead to push for anti-terror laws

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — A white man opens fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Another man kills 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a...

 

Attacks by US extremists lead to push for anti-terror laws

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — A white man opens fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, targeting Mexicans and killing 22 people. Another man kills 11 Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The two mass shootings and a presidential tweet put a...

 

Lawyers spar over case blaming US policy for climate change

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday over whether climate change violates the rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A U.S. Justice...

 
 By Andrew Selsky    Regional    May 31, 2019

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after...

 

Wolf's comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has...

 

Unique firefighting crew has common trait: Military service

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After being in firefights in Afghanistan and Iraq, members of one of America's newest elite wildfire crews are tasked with fighting fires in rugged country back home. On the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's only hotshot crew...

 

Guard troops search for more dead in aftermath of wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With scores of people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community...

 

Man's harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The young man traversed Andean mountains, plains and cities in buses, took a harrowing boat ride in which five fellow migrants drowned, walked through thick jungle for days, and finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border. Then...

 

Oregon sues OxyContin maker, saying it minimized risks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general on Thursday sued the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin, saying it misrepresented the risks and benefits of the drug and lied to a state regulatory agency to maximize profits. A spokesman at Pur...

 

Labrador dog named Lucy saves Oregon man from sex conviction

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The discovery of a black Labrador named Lucy led to the unraveling of a criminal case Monday against an Oregon man who had begun serving a 50-year prison sentence. Joshua Horner, a plumber from the central Oregon town of...

 

Trump administration backs Obama in national monument clash

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court — and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President Barack Obama. Contrary to President Donald Trump's...

 

Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — How much medical marijuana is in the pipeline in Oregon? The managers of the state's program concede that they simply don't know because of lax reporting by producers and a lack of site inspectors. That, they say, creates...

 

Heroes or criminals? Trump pardons 2 Oregon ranchers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon were pardoned Tuesday by President Donald Trump. The move came years after...

 

Democrats strive to tighten their hold in several states

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Unfazed by signs banning soliciting and dogs that barked at her in almost every home she visited, a political newbie knocked on doors, handed out campaign flyers and asked voters to elect her to the Oregon Senate. Deb...

 

Governors could be powerless to deny Trump troop request

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexico border has drawn resistance from some governors, most of them Democrats, but they could be powerless to deny the commander in chief's request for soldier...

 

Oregon governor signs first gun law since Florida massacre

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms became America's first new gun control law since the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre. "Well done Oregon," Democratic Gov. Kate...

 

Oregon governor signs first gun law since Florida massacre

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms became America's first new gun control law since the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre. "Well done Oregon," Democratic Gov. Kate...

 

Gun control bill OK'd by Oregon; 1st since Florida shooting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fueled by anguished voices in the aftermath of the Florida high school shooting, Oregon's Legislature on Thursday banned people convicted of stalking and domestic violence or under restraining orders from buying or owning...

 

Oregon state lawmakers vote to make health care a right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Legislature took a step Tuesday toward enshrining the right to health care in the state Constitution, which would be unprecedented in the United States. The House of Representatives' 35-25 endorsement of the bill sends...

 

Trump administration's oil drilling plan prompts protests

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration's plan to drill for oil and gas off the coast of the United States drew protests Tuesday in Congress and on the streets. In Oregon, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the state capitol in Salem...

 

Oregon politicians push back against federal pot enforcement

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor said Thursday the state will fight U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to roll back a lenient policy on federal enforcement of the drug to protect its economic interests. Gov. Kate Brown said marijuana is...

 

Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus' sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer. The reverse-reality Christmas-season tale played out when a deer wandered onto a frozen golf course...

 

Veterans Day marked with parades, somber ceremonies

Americans honored their military veterans Saturday with a parade in the wintry cold of New York City, where one World War II vet thanked onlookers for remembering, and in a somber ceremony in a Texas community bloodied by a church massacre where...

 
 By Andrew Selsky    Regional    May 31, 2017

Lawsuit filed over cruel, unusual punishment in Oregon jail

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Conditions in a jail in Oregon were grim — one inmate even had another one break her arm to get out — but when Terri Carlisle was accused of hoarding her medication for a nerve disorder, it got even worse, according to Car...

 

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on...

 

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