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A police officer watches a crowd as a police vehicle burns near Fort Greene Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York after protesters rallied outside Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day while in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

May. 30, 2020 5:29 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard as violence flared in Atlanta and cities nationwide following the death in Minnesota of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody....

A woman enters the Oregon Department of Justice building in Salem, Ore., Thursday, May 28, 2020, the same day that the state supreme court and the appeals court began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries. The U.S. Supreme Court in April ruled that nonunanimous jury convictions are unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon's top courts begin reversing nonunanimous convictions

May. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's top two courts on Thursday began reversing convictions by nonunanimous juries, the first of hundreds — and perhaps ultimately thousands — of cases that will be scrutinized after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that nonunanimous jury verdicts are...

Companies unveil plans to resume river cruises on US waters

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A small cruise company says it plans to be the first to begin cruising again on U.S. waters since the coronavirus pandemic caused cruise ships to be anchored across the globe. American Cruise Lines announced this week that the 184-passenger modern riverboat American Song will depart...

Northwest cherry crops facing disease and decreased harvest

May. 25, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year's harvest. The infection known as little cherry disease has chopped an estimated 40 million pounds (18 million kilograms) of cherries from the...

Judge told vacate or explain order nixing virus restrictions

May. 23, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court is giving a rural judge until Tuesday to toss out his ruling that found the governor's coronavirus restrictions are invalid. If the judge declines to do so, justices said Saturday that Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew Shirtcliff must explain why and give the...

Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

San Francisco sanctions once-shunned homeless encampments

May. 22, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people. About 80 tents are now neatly spaced out on a wide street...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, houses are seen near a recently completed

Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

May. 21, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces for rainwater,...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, a Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park, Wash. The Pacific fisher, a weasel-like carnivore native to Oregon's southern old growth forests, has been denied endangered species protection in the state, the latest twist in a legal back-and-forth that has continued for 20 years. In the decision issued last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to grant the fisher threatened status in southern Oregon and northern California, citing voluntary conservation measures as effective in protecting the woodland creatures. Today, biologists estimate anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand fishers live in Oregon, most near the California border. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US: Weasel-like mammal endangered in southern Sierra Nevada

May. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reversing course again in a 30-year-old battle over protection of a weasel-like mammal that eats porcupines, the U.S. government is declaring the Pacific fisher endangered in the southern Sierra Nevada but denying protection elsewhere in California and Oregon. The Fish and Wildlife...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, a person cycles past tents set up along a pathway in Portland, Ore. A measure to tax the incomes of the wealthiest residents and the profits of the biggest businesses to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address the homeless crisis sailed to victory in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high unemployment. Nearly 60% of voters in the three counties that make up the greater Portland region approved the tax amid a greatest economic turmoil in years, a sign of just how intractable the homeless problem has become in the liberal Pacific Northwest city. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Portland, Oregon, homeless tax wins handily amid virus woes

May. 20, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measure to tax the wealthiest residents and the biggest businesses in Portland, Oregon, to raise $2.5 billion over a decade to address homelessness sailed to victory as final ballots were tallied Wednesday, even as the state faces crippling revenue losses and record-high...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Biden won Oregon’s Democratic presidential primary, outpacing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who both suspended their campaigns earlier in the year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Biden wins Oregon Democratic presidential primary

May. 20, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican voters in Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former state senator to be their candidate to replace Rep. Greg Walden, who didn’t run for a 12th term in the conservative region covering the rural eastern and central part of the state....