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Winds a worry as death toll reaches 35 from West Coast fires

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — Nearly all the dozens of people reported missing after a devastating blaze in southern Oregon have been accounted for, authorities said over the weekend as crews battled wildfires that have killed at least 35 from California…

Portland to pay nearly $1M over police killing of man

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a man who was shot to death by police last summer will receive nearly $1 million in a wrongful death settlement from the City of Portland. Lane Christopher Martin was one day shy…

$300 jobless boost available week of Sept. 21

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Those unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic will start receiving an additional $300 in unemployment benefits later this month. The Employment Security Department announced Tuesday the the payments would be processed starting Sept. 21, and that…

Oregon reports 342 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials reported 342 confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, increasing the state’s total cases since the start of the pandemic to 19,699. In addition there were five new deaths related to COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority…

Over 300 more coronavirus cases in Oregon, 8 more deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday announced 304 more COVID-19 cases and eight additional fatalities. At least 66 Oregonians have died since July 12, an amount that has already surpassed Oregon’s deadliest three-week stretch from late…

Protesters sue Trump administration over Portland tactics

SEATTLE (AP) — Days after a legal effort by the state of Oregon failed, protesters sued the Trump administration Monday to rein in what they describe as an out-of-control response by federal agents to demonstrations in Portland. The nonprofit Protect…

Oregon nears 15,000 total COVID-19 cases

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 277 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in the state Monday. In addition there were two new deaths, increasing the state’s death toll to 262 people. Following the increase, Oregon’s total…

Nearly 800 additional coronavirus cases in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly 800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Washington state, bringing the state total number of cases to 47,743. The Washington State Department of Health on Sunday also reported six additional deaths. In Washington, 1,453…

Washington state man sentenced to 20 years for shooting wife

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for shooting his wife in the legs during an argument. Melvin Antonio Xavier III pleaded guilty in May to second-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession…

Police: Man who killed Bothell officer claimed self-defense

SEATTLE (AP) — A man arrested in the fatal shooting of a suburban Seattle police officer claimed he fired in self-defense to keep his car, gun and marijuana from being seized, court documents filed Wednesday said. Henry Eugene Washington, 37,…

$500 relief checks OK'd for Oregonians waiting for benefits

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the distribution of one-time $500 relief checks to people who are still waiting for unemployment benefits. But, when and how the payment program will operate is still a…

12 protesters file claims against Seattle, county, state

SEATTLE (AP) — Twelve people, or their families, who were hurt or killed in Seattle protests over the past six weeks filed financial claims Monday against the city of Seattle, King County and Washington state, alleging police used excessive force…

Inslee requests extension of National Guard COVID-19 mission

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting an extension of the state National Guard’s to continue their work on missions related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent to the Trump administration Monday, the Democratic governor…

Oregon reports 332 new coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases in Oregon rose on Sunday to 332, the Oregon Health Authority said. Meanwhile, two more people with COVID-19 died, bringing the state’s death toll to 234, the agency said. The…

Federal officers deployed in Portland under Trump orders

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump’s decision to make cracking down on…