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Fact Check: Trump’s Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims
To justify redirecting federal funds to a wall, the president made a litany of assertions about crime, drugs and other issues on the southern border. Nearly all were misleading, exaggerated or false.
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Fact Check: Trump’s Rationale for a National Emergency Is Based on False or Misleading Claims
To justify redirecting federal funds to a wall, the president made a litany of assertions about crime, drugs and other issues on the southern border. Nearly all were misleading, exaggerated or false.
Read Books by Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Other 2020 Presidential Candidates
Politicians’ memoirs can give insight into their values.
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Census Citizenship Question
A trial judge had ruled against the Trump administration in January, saying Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s stated reason for adding the question was not his real one.

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Vancouver police arrest fugitive gang member
Author: Jerzy Shedlock

Vancouver police officers Wednesday arrested a wanted Norteno gang member.

Mario Barasa, 35, of Vancouver, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and heroin, separate counts, and two additional drug possession counts implicating intent to deliver, according to a Vancouver Police Department news release.

Barasa also faces an escaping community custody charge, police said.

Safe Street Task Force and Neighborhood Response Team officers helped find and arrest Barasa.

“When located by police, Barasa was found in possession of a loaded handgun along with methamphetamine and heroin for distribution,” police said.

Inside Barasa’s home officers reportedly located another handgun, more meth and scales.

Barasa was booked into Clark County Jail.

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion lawsuits with NFL
Author: BARRY WILNER, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick’s lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

Cleanup, damage assessment in wake of West’s big storm
Author: TERENCE CHEA and JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press

SAUSALITO, Calif. — California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts from a blitz of winter weather.

Firefighters rescued a motorist who called 911 to report his car was being swept down a wash in Tucson, Arizona, by runoff from the storm, which passed through overnight.

Residents were being aided after homes along a creek 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Flagstaff, received up to several feet of water, said Yavapai County Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.

Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats.

In California, rainwater drained from saturated landscapes even as a new system moved into northern areas of the state and more heavy snow fell in the Sierra Nevada.

Warnings were issued for Guerneville north of San Francisco as the Russian River surpassed flood stage, and the Bay Area commute was snarled after a levee breach partially flooded a highway.

Work continued to restore a neighborhood hit by a destructive mudslide in Sausalito, a San Francisco Bay city north of the Golden Gate. The slide before dawn Thursday carried a duplex down a hillside, destroyed another house and damaged others. A woman was rescued but no one was killed.

In California’s mountains, driving was hampered by snowy conditions and washouts.

About 70 miles (110 kilometers) of Interstate 80 were closed from Colfax, California, to the Nevada state line and chains were required for travel in many other parts of the towering range.

Forecasters said Friday the storm could dump between 3 and 6 feet (1 to 2 meters) of fresh snow in a region where some ski resorts reported getting 3 feet (1 meter) of snow since Thursday morning.

Kevin Cooper, marketing director for Lake Tahoe TV, said it has snowed so much in recent weeks that cities are running out of places to put the snow. Officials urged people to avoid traveling and issued an avalanche warning.

To the east, public schools closed in the Reno, Nevada, area. The Washoe County School District said Friday was deemed a “digital school day” during which students stay home and do assignments provided by teachers. The University of Nevada, Reno, canceled early classes.

Similarly, dangerous travel conditions, as well as power outages, flooding and road closures were cited in a decision to cancel classes in seven school districts in San Diego County.

In the inland region east of Los Angeles, damage assessments were expected Friday after rock falls, mud flows and flooding hit state roads. The damage included a collapse of about 75 feet (23 meters) of pavement in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Authorities warned that landslides remained a possibility despite the end of heavy rain.

The storm swept in from the Pacific Ocean early in the week and lasted through Thursday, hitting Northern California and southern Oregon before moving into Southern California.

There were at least two deaths. One was a woman pulled from rising water in a flood-control channel in Corona, southeast of Los Angeles. She had a heart attack and died at a hospital. The other death was an unidentified man whose body was recovered from a fast-flowing creek in Escondido, northeast of San Diego.

The storm’s intensity was due to a weather phenomenon known as an atmospheric river — a long, narrow plume of moisture that stretched over the Pacific to near Hawaii — known colloquially as a “Pineapple Express.”

House panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Author: Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A House committee has advanced a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a 10-5 vote. It could come up for a vote before the full House in the coming weeks.

The vote comes amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest and led to Gov. Jay Inslee declaring a state of emergency. Health officials have reported at least 54 known cases in Washington state and four in Oregon. Most of the Washington cases are concentrated in Clark County, just north of Portland, Oregon. The measure is sponsored by a lawmaker from that region, Republican Rep. Paul Harris of Vancouver.

Clark County measles case count still at 53
Author: Wyatt Stayner

Clark County’s measles outbreak has remained at 53 cases for eight straight days. There has been one new case added in that time period, but one previously confirmed case was eliminated through testing.

There are now three suspected cases of measles identified by Clark County Public Health. Public Health hasn’t identified any new exposure locations.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit:

Of the 53 confirmed cases, 47 were not immunized against the highly contagious virus. Immunization status could not be verified for five cases, and one case involved a child who had received a single dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Two of the cases have moved to Georgia.

Confirmed Clark County cases include 38 between the ages of 1 and 10; 13 between 11 and 18; one between 19 and 29; and one between 30 and 39. There also is a confirmed case in King County and four in Multnomah County, Ore.

For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage at

What to do if you might be infected

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed to the measles virus come down with the disease. The virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person, and can survive for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

Health officials are urging anyone who has been exposed at an identified location and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their health care provider prior to visiting the medical office to make a plan that avoids exposing others in the waiting room.

If you are unsure of your family’s immunization status, you can view, download and print your family’s immunization information online at or request a copy of your immunization record from the Washington State Department of Health.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or a county health department:

Clark County Public Health, 360-397-8021.
Multnomah County, Ore., Public Health, 503-988-3406.
Washington County, Ore., Public Health, 503-846-3594.
Clackamas County, Ore., Public Health, 503-655-8411.

Clark County Public Health has been regularly updating its list of locations where people may have been exposed to measles. There are dozens of locations in total, including hospitals, Portland International Airport and multiple schools.

Public Health has established a call center for questions related to the investigation. Anyone who has questions about public exposures should call 360-397-8021. The call center is open daily.

For a complete list of exposure sites, visit the Public Health measles investigation webpage at

Measles symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. A person can spread the virus before they show symptoms.

People are contagious with measles for up to four days before and up to four days after the rash appears. After someone is exposed to measles, illness develops in about one to three weeks.