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US Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, speaks during a news conference introducing the Equality Act, at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2023.

Oregon casino battle works its way into appropriations process

US Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, speaks during a news conference introducing the Equality Act, at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2023.

June 11, 2024, 1:32pm Latest News

A long-stalled southern Oregon casino project pitting competing Native American tribes against each other has caught the attention of congressional appropriators, as opponents push for language in the upcoming Interior-Environment spending bill that would bar the project from moving forward. Read story

Mysterious sonic booms rattle the SoCal coast, and officials say expect more from SpaceX

June 11, 2024, 1:32pm Latest News

The house jolts and rumbles, and then there’s the unmistakable boom that Mikayla Shocks has been hearing more and more frequently from her Camarillo home. Read story

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt at Madison College, April 8, 2024, in Madison, Wis. Relatively few Americans say they&rsquo;re fans of Biden&rsquo;s work on the issue of student loans, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted May 16-21. The survey found that three in 10 U.S. adults say they approve of how Biden has handled the issue of student loan debt, while 4 in 10 disapprove.

Americans are split on Biden’s student loan work, even those with debt, an AP-NORC poll finds

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt at Madison College, April 8, 2024, in Madison, Wis. Relatively few Americans say they&rsquo;re fans of Biden&rsquo;s work on the issue of student loans, according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted May 16-21. The survey found that three in 10 U.S. adults say they approve of how Biden has handled the issue of student loan debt, while 4 in 10 disapprove.

June 11, 2024, 1:31pm Latest News

As he campaigns for reelection, President Joe Biden frequently touts his work on student debt, pointing to the millions of people who received cancellation under his watch. Yet relatively few Americans say they’re fans of his work on the issue, even among those who have student loans. Read story

FILE - An FBI seal is seen on a wall on Aug. 10, 2022, in Omaha, Neb. The Biden administration is taking credit for a sharp drop in violent crime nationwide earlier this year but one expert cautions that the declines in FBI data are preliminary and likely overstated.

FBI data show sharp drop in violent crime but steepness is questioned

FILE - An FBI seal is seen on a wall on Aug. 10, 2022, in Omaha, Neb. The Biden administration is taking credit for a sharp drop in violent crime nationwide earlier this year but one expert cautions that the declines in FBI data are preliminary and likely overstated.

June 11, 2024, 1:09pm Latest News

The Biden administration is taking credit for a sharp drop in violent crime nationwide earlier this year but one expert cautions that the declines in FBI data are preliminary and likely overstated. Read story

FILE - Amazon Prime Now bags are loaded for delivery outside a Whole Foods store on Feb. 8, 2018, in Cincinnati. Thousands of delivery drivers filed legal claims against Amazon on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, alleging the company&#039;s classification of them as independent contractors instead of employees has led to unpaid wages and other types of financial loss.

Thousands of drivers file arbitration claims against Amazon for unpaid wages and other losses

FILE - Amazon Prime Now bags are loaded for delivery outside a Whole Foods store on Feb. 8, 2018, in Cincinnati. Thousands of delivery drivers filed legal claims against Amazon on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, alleging the company&#039;s classification of them as independent contractors instead of employees has led to unpaid wages and other types of financial loss.

June 11, 2024, 1:08pm Business

Thousands of delivery drivers filed legal claims against Amazon on Tuesday, alleging the company’s classification of them as independent contractors instead of employees has led to unpaid wages and other financial losses. Read story

FILE - In this photo taken with a fish-eye lens, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing&#039;s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash., March 27, 2019. Boeing had another weak month for aircraft sales in May 2024, taking orders for just four new planes. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Boeing sales tumble as the company gets no orders for the 737 Max for the second straight month

FILE - In this photo taken with a fish-eye lens, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing&#039;s 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash., March 27, 2019. Boeing had another weak month for aircraft sales in May 2024, taking orders for just four new planes. (AP Photo/Ted S.

June 11, 2024, 8:57am Business

Boeing received orders for only four new planes in May — and for the second straight month, none for its best-selling 737 Max, as fallout continues from the blowout of a side panel on a Max during a flight in January. Read story

FILE - A car drives past Marathon Oil&rsquo;s Los Angeles Refinery complex in Carson, Calif., May 29, 2024. Gas prices are once again on the decline across the U.S. &mdash; bringing some ease to drivers now paying a little less to fill up their tanks.

US gas prices are falling. Experts point to mild demand at the pump ahead of summer travel

FILE - A car drives past Marathon Oil&rsquo;s Los Angeles Refinery complex in Carson, Calif., May 29, 2024. Gas prices are once again on the decline across the U.S. &mdash; bringing some ease to drivers now paying a little less to fill up their tanks.

June 11, 2024, 8:17am Business

Gas prices are once again on the decline across the U.S., bringing some relief to drivers now paying a little less to fill up their tanks. Read story

In this photo provided by the United Nations, members of the UN Security Council vote to approve its first resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Monday, June 10, 2024.

UN Security Council adopts a cease-fire resolution aimed at ending Israel-Hamas war in Gaza

In this photo provided by the United Nations, members of the UN Security Council vote to approve its first resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Monday, June 10, 2024.

June 11, 2024, 8:10am Latest News

The U.N. Security Council on Monday overwhelmingly approved its first resolution endorsing a cease-fire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Read story

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Shipbuilder Vigor is starting production work on a new landing craft for the U.S. Army at its Vancouver location.

Shipbuilder Vigor begins work on U.S. Army landing craft at Vancouver facility

Shipbuilder Vigor is starting production work on a new landing craft for the U.S. Army at its Vancouver location.

June 11, 2024, 6:03am Business

After finishing its prototype U.S. Army landing craft, local shipbuilder Vigor started on the vessel’s initial production as part of a $1 billion contract. Read story