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Portland protests return downtown as police use tear gas early Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Officers used tear gas to break up the crowd of several hundred people who gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, the neighboring Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby police precinct station. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)

State police exit Portland after 2 weeks of protest duty

Aug. 13, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police are leaving Portland after a two-week assignment to help protect a federal courthouse that’s been a target of protesters during months of conflict in Oregon’s largest city. The state police are “continually reassessing our resources and the...

FILE - In this 2007 file photo ,Russell Kirsch holds the image of his son, Walden, that was scanned into the world's first digital scanner in 1957. Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11, 2020 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported. He was 91. (Jamie Francis/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Computer scientist, pixel inventor Russell Kirsch dead at 91

Aug. 13, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported. He was 91. Pixels, the digital dots used to display photos, video and more on phone...

FILE - This June 29, 2018 video image from a police officer's body cam and provided by Portland State University, shows Jason Washington after he was shot and killed by university police officers in Portland, Ore. Portland State University said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, it will disarm its campus police force more than two years after officers from the department shot and killed a Black man who was trying to break up a fight. (Portland State University via AP, file)

Portland State disarms campus police after Black man's death

Aug. 13, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University said Thursday it will disarm its campus police force, more than two years after officers from the department shot and killed a Black man who was trying to break up a fight close to campus. The announcement came as Oregon's largest city approaches 80 days of...

Man stopped by ICE agents near courthouse files federal suit

Aug. 13, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Washington County man on Wednesday filed a federal suit against the United States, alleging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unlawfully detained him outside the county courthouse in 2017. Isidro Andrade-Tafolla, who was with his wife, said agents from U.S. Immigration...

Dozens of cats, dogs seized from Portland rescue facility

Aug. 12, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly 120 cats and dogs were seized from a Portland animal rescue and boarding facility Tuesday, officials say. Authorities served a search warrant at Woofin Palooza’s 82nd Avenue facility after receiving complaints alleging possible animal abuse or neglect, The...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, a protester carries an umbrella as federal police officers deploy tear gas during a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Federal agents have left Portland, but city officials are still learning about and cleaning tear gas residue that lingers in the streets, dirt and possibly storm drains that empty into the Willamette River. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Tear gas at Portland protests raises concern about pollution

Aug. 12, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The presence of U.S. agents has diminished in Portland, Oregon, but city officials are still cleaning up tear gas residue from the streets, dirt and possibly the storm drains after the chemical was used frequently by both police and federal officers during more than two months of...

Ex-nurse sentenced to federal prison for distributing heroin

Aug. 12, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Vancouver, Washington, woman who worked as a registered nurse in Portland, Oregon, has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for conspiring to sell drugs. Rene Elene Griffin Nunn, 60, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging her with...

Demetria Hester, center, speaks to the media after being released from the Multnomah County Justice Center on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Hester became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. Authorities said Hester won't be charged following her arrest early Monday. Hester had been booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer during the protest that began Sunday night. Hester’s arrest drew a sharp rebuke from national Black Lives Matter activists, who are increasingly focusing on demonstrations in Oregon’s largest city. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

No prosecution for many arrested at Portland's protests

Aug. 12, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People arrested in Portland since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges during the protests that have racked Oregon’s largest city for more than two months won't be prosecuted. The new policy announced Tuesday recognizes the outrage and frustration over a history of...

CORRECTS DAY TO FRIDAY - A protester leads a crowd of demonstrators toward the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Prosecutor won't act on low-level Portland protest arrests

Aug. 11, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The newly elected district attorney in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday that under a new policy, his office will not prosecute people who have been arrested since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges during protests in Oregon's largest city. The new policy recognizes the outrage...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...