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News that Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, could emcee a fundraiser for the Clark County Republican Party has re-exposed a rift in the party, even as details of the event have been thrown into doubt.

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back on "speculation" that the novel coronavirus epidemic could lead to the cancellation of the Summer Games, after an IOC official appeared to suggest otherwise.

"Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organisations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and will review any countermeasures that may be necessary with all relevant organisations," the local organizing committee said in a statement on Thursday.

"The rest is speculation," it said.

California regulators slapped PG&E with a $2.1 billion fine for igniting a series of deadly wildfires that landed the beleaguered utility in bankruptcy.

The penalty imposed Thursday in an administrative law judge’s decision boosts the punishment that had been agreed upon in a $1.7 billion settlement announced in December. It is the largest penalty ever assessed by the California Public Utilities Commission for the utility’s role in the catastrophic wildfires of 2017 and 2018 caused by PG&E’s outdated electrical grid and negligence.

House Democrats will use subpoenas to require absent Republicans’ attendance in the Capitol, four days into a political standoff that has shuttered the Legislature.

In a meeting of the House Rules Committee, collected Democrats voted 4-0 to authorize the committee’s chair, Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, to subpoena the 21 Republicans lawmakers who have been absent since Tuesday.

Four candidates for Portland City Council sent a letter Thursday in which they object to the city attorney’s strategy in a lawsuit against the family of Quanice Hayes, a black 17-year-old who was fatally shot by Portland Police in 2017.  

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California could have the first case of community transmission of COVID-19 in the United States, according to California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell.

After the CDC confirmed a new case of coronavirus in Solano County that appears to be unrelated to travel outside the country, Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials held a news conference on Thursday.

Voters across the Bay Area will weigh in Tuesday on a spate of housing-related measures, including local tax increases to pay for homeless services and affordable housing construction, as well as proposals to slow office development and cap rent increases.

Each year, as the region’s severe housing shortage and affordability crisis continues, cities and counties turn to the ballot to address the issue. Here is a roundup of Bay Area measures related to housing costs and construction.

Jurors returned verdicts Thursday on various sentencing enhancement factors that could influence Jeremy Christian’s prison sentence.

Christian was convicted last week on 12 counts, primarily related to a stabbing attack on a Portland MAX train in 2017 when Christian killed two men and attempted to kill a third. 

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to dismiss the case of "D.C. sniper" Lee Boyd Malvo, who mounted a legal challenge to his life-without-parole sentence for a deadly 2002 shooting rampage he committed as minor.

Santa Clara voters are renewing debate over the city’s council district lines.

On March 3, residents will choose between voting for council members in six districts or three districts. Measure C has divided city leaders and caught the attention of the city’s most famous occupant — the 49ers.

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San Francisco City officials have given the green light for the return of Teatro ZinZanni to the Embarcadero after an absence of nine years.

For just over a decade, from 2000 to 2011, the beloved entertainment spot attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals to Pier 29 with its popular blend of circus, cabaret, comedy and dinner—all of it served up in a vintage wooden tent lined with mirrors and stained glass known as the “spiegeltent.”

After two dry months in a row, state water officials say California’s snowpack is at 46% of normal for this time of year.

As usual, the California Department of Water Resources on Thursday conducted the third monthly snow survey of 2020 at the Phillips Station snow course in the Sierra Nevada, south of Lake Tahoe.

After two dry months in a row, state water officials say California’s snowpack is at 46% of normal for this time of year.

As usual, the California Department of Water Resources on Thursday conducted the third monthly snow survey of 2020 at the Phillips Station snow course in the Sierra Nevada, south of Lake Tahoe.

Two Portlanders have been recognized as finalists for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honor Award.

Oregon Democratic U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer announced in a statement Wednesday that Keanon Lowe and Ricky Best received nominations for “demonstrating extraordinary heroism while risking their lives for the well-being of those in their community.”

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek suggested Thursday she’ll consider punitive measures — including financial penalties and potentially sending out state police — against 21 absent Republican state representatives.

Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials said Thursday they are combing the community where the new case of novel coronavirus was transmitted to find out where and how the patient contracted the disease, and to isolate people she came in contact with.

At a press conference at the state capitol, Newsom said the CDC has committed to sending 10 personnel to California to assist with investigating locations the patient went, and interviewing people who were in contact with her.

Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials said Thursday they are combing the community where the new case of novel coronavirus was transmitted to find out where and how the patient contracted the disease, and to isolate people she came in contact with.

At a press conference at the state capitol, Newsom said the CDC has committed to sending 10 personnel to California to assist with investigating locations the patient went, and interviewing people who were in contact with her.

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The view from the mainland in coastal Georgia is mostly miles of salt marsh and barrier islands, shore birds hunting in the mud, shrimp boats traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.

Since September, from the coastal city of Brunswick, the view has also featured the Golden Ray.

The cargo ship capsized as it was leaving the Port of Brunswick, heading for Baltimore with 4,200 new cars on board. The cause is still under investigation.

Now, crews are beginning work to eventually remove the ship, but getting rid of such a giant wreck is complicated.

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President Trump has put his No. 2 in charge of the U.S. response to the new coronavirus.

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This is one of more than a dozen states that will vote next week on Super Tuesday. And it's one of the places where we're launching a year-long NPR series called Where Voters Are.

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A song fuses words and music. Yet the human brain can instantly separate a song's lyrics from its melody.

And now scientists think they know how this happens.

A team led by researchers at McGill University reported in Science Thursday that song sounds are processed simultaneously by two separate brain areas – one in the left hemisphere and one in the right.

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