‘King of Blues’ B.B. King Has Left Us At 89

Posted by Associated Press on May 15, 2015
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LAS VEGAS — B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that “as long as people have problems, the blues can never die.”

But no one could play the blues like B.B. King, who died Thursday night at age 89 in Las Vegas, where he had been in hospice care.

Although he kept performing well into his 80s, the 15-time Grammy …

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President Obama Touts Trade at Nike

Posted by Jeremy Scott on May 8, 2015
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BEAVERTON, Ore. — After staying the night in Portland following a Democratic fundraiser, President Barack Obama visited Nike headquarters on Friday morning to tout free trade and his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer warmed up the crowd of several thousand.  Nike President and CEO Mark Parker had the privilege of introducing the President of the United States.  Parker announced a pledge …

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Six Baltimore Officers Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death

Posted by Associated Press on May 1, 2015
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges Friday morning

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby 

BALTIMORE — Saying “no one is above the law,” Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced charges Friday against six officers involved in the arrest of a black man whose neck was broken in police custody, a decision that comes amid outrage around the country over police brutality against African-Americans.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, …

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Portland-Based Mercy Corps Brings Earthquake Relief to Nepal

Posted by Kaylene Beaujolais on April 27, 2015
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PORTLAND, Ore. — A team from the relief agency Mercy Corps’ has been on the ground in Nepal for years.  Now, they’re stepping into action mode to provide much needed aid to earthquake survivors.

90 team members are in Nepal and a team from Portland deployed Monday to join them.

They’re handing out kits including water, clothing and cooking utensils.  Mercy Corps says …

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American, Italian Hostages Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

Posted by Associated Press on April 23, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Blaming the “fog of war,” President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.

Obama somberly said he took full responsibility for the January CIA strikes and regretted the deaths …

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