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Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

Sep. 29, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director. She's held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s public health...

In this photo provided by the Portland Thorns, Portland Thorns' Sophia Smith looks on during an NWSL soccer match against Utah on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Portland, Ore. The No. 1 pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft and U.S. national team prospect, Smith comes from a family of basketball players — and it was just assumed she'd head in the same direction. Turned out Smith was right to choose soccer. It paved her way to Stanford, and now to a career in the NWSL.   (Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Thorns via AP)

Rookie Smith hopes to build on successful Thorns debut

Sep. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Thorns rookie Sophia Smith laughs when she recalls the conversation with her dad back in high school about her blossoming soccer career. The No. 1 pick in the National Women's Soccer League draft and U.S. national team prospect comes from a family of basketball players...

FILE - In this June 11, 2011, file photo, then-University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett gives the commencement address to Trinity at Greenlawn graduates at the Trinity People of Praise Center in South Bend, Ind. (Barbara Allison/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

Sep. 29, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, the...

91-year-old found dead in vehicle that crashed into river

Sep. 29, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — A 91-year-old Florence resident was found dead after his car went off the road into the Siuslaw River on Sunday. A witness called police after seeing Parker Kendall’s Jeep Wrangler swerve, leave the road and crash into the river, KEZI-TV reported. Divers with the Lane County...

Portland protesters clash with police, officers arrest 24

Sep. 29, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and Portland police clashed again in Oregon’s largest city late Monday, with demonstrators hurling rocks, punching a police sergeant in the face and spraying a chemical irritant at officers, police said in a statement. Twenty four people were arrested. The...

Iguehi James, an Oakland, Calif., fashion entrepreneur, holds a face mask she designed for her apparel company Love Iguehi on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. She received a $5,000 grant from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce's

Virus, strife prompt 'resiliency' funds in Black communities

Sep. 29, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The modest cash grant Iguehi James received from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce helped the clothing designer defray costs, including surge prices on elastic and fabric that jumped dramatically due to the pandemic. The application process was simple and she qualified...

Fire damages downtown Portland church

Sep. 29, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fire at a church in downtown Portland, Oregon, damaged the building and drew a heavy response from city firefighters but caused no injuries. KOIN reports crews responded to the blaze at about 9 p.m. Sunday. Portland Fire and Rescue said crews were able to knock down the fire within...

Police: Multiple people dead in Salem 'hostage situation'

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A possible “hostage situation” led to a fatal shooting after police responded to a home in the west Oregon city of Salem, The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies arrived at the home at 12:30 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff's office. Once deputies...

FILE - In this June 11, 2011, file photo, then-University of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett gives the commencement address to Trinity at Greenlawn graduates at the Trinity People of Praise Center in South Bend, Ind. (Barbara Allison/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women

Sep. 29, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the "head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives...