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FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo, children play in fountains at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the second special session of 2020. But the question remains if the session, which begins Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, will be solely dedicated to rebalancing the state budget thrown out of whack because of the COVID-19 pandemic or if bills altering policy will be considered. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...

A woman who lives in a Portland neighborhood targeted by protesters argues with a few black-clad demonstrators after being splashed with white paint in front of a Portland Police Bureau precinct that was being vandalized, late Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The woman was trying to stop the protesters from vandalizing the building when she was hit with the paint.(Mark Graves /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt

Aug. 7, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 200 people, some wielding homemade shields, clashed with police early Friday for the third consecutive night as two other Black Lives Matter rallies proceeded peacefully elsewhere in the city, authorities said. The demonstration with unrest came hours after the city's Democratic...

Officials recover body of Portland man who drowned in river

Aug. 7, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The body of a Portland man presumed drowned after he was ejected from a boat Sunday on the Columbia River was recovered Wednesday. The Columbian reports the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol Unit, along with Portland Fire and Rescue, responded about 5 p.m. to the...

Police stand by as protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore. on their way to the Portland Police Association building on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.  A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland mayor decries violent protesters as props for Trump

Aug. 6, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Oregon, a city wracked by nearly 70 consecutive nights of unrest, on Thursday angrily denounced those who attempted to set a police precinct on fire with officers stationed inside as props in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and said those...

2 young children shot in yard in Portland suburb

Aug. 6, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say two young children were shot while playing in a yard in a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Police in Gresham say the children, ages 3 and 5, were expected to survive. One was shot in the foot and the other in the ankle. KATU reports the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m....

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, federal officers launch tear gas at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. The Associated Press found that there is no government oversight of the manufacture and use of tear gas. Instead, the industry is left to regulate itself. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

Aug. 6, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On June 2, Justin LaFrancois attended a protest against police violence and racism in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, where he planned to livestream the event for his alternative newspaper’s website. Shortly into the march, police, who reported that water bottles and rocks...

Portland fines feds for illegal fence around courthouse

Aug. 6, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s been nearly a week since federal officers withdrew from guarding Portland’s federal courthouse during nightly protests, but a large fence they installed is still there and city officials say it remains illegal. The city of Portland continues to impose a $500 fine...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Aug. 6, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

25 virus cases reported at Oregon summer camp

Aug. 4, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At least 25 campers and staff members at a camp east of Portland, Oregon have tested positive for COVID-19. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the virus was first detected July 18 at Trout Creek Bible Camp near Corbett when a staff member tested positive, and the camp shut down for the...