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Greenpeace protest: Controversial ship Fennica moves through protesters on St. Johns Bridge

Greenpeace protestAfter more than six hours of relative quiet, boats manned by Coast Guard officers and Portland-area police officers began circling protesters in kayaks and canoes on the Willamette River below the St. Johns Bridge.

Two-hundred feet above the water's surface on the North Portland bridge, Portland police blocked access to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Thirteen Greenpeace USA protesters continued to swing by lines attached to the bridge's supports. They have spent the past 36 hours on slings and small platforms about 100 feet above the water.

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Ultra-Orthodox Attacker Stabs 6 at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

Israel stabbingsAn Orthodox Jewish assailant stabbed and injured six participants of an annual Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday, police and witnesses said.

It was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of Israel.

“I saw an ultra-Orthodox youth stabbing everyone in his way,” said Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel’s Channel 2 television.

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After Facing Conservative Backlash, AP U.S. History Course Revised

Control the textbooksAfter facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as containing anti-American biases, the College Board released a new framework for the class Thursday morning.

This structure places more of an emphasis on concepts surrounding American national identity, the country's founding leaders and documents and the effective role of free enterprise in U.S. history.

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13 Climbers Suspended From Bridge Blocking Shell Oil Vessel From Heading to Arctic

Bridgehanging  protestersThirteen Greenpeace climbers remain suspended below the St. John’s Bridge, blocking the Shell Oil vessel‘s route out of Portland, Oregon, for more than 24 hours. The climbers spent much of yesterday, Tweeting, livestreaming and speaking with journalists, while hanging from the bridge, to urge President Obama to use his last chance to stop Shell’s Arctic oil drilling plans.

“The sun is now setting on an incredible day of speaking truth to power and effective direct action,” Greenpeace activist Georgia Hirsty said yesterday, one of the climbers rappelled from the bridge.

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California wildfire forces evacuation of 500 people

California wild firesA rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco has forced the evacuation of 500 people and destroyed several buildings less than 12 hours after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday.

The blaze, named the "Rocky Fire", is one of a string of wildfires threatening homes and scorching parched wilderness in the U.S. West, where several regions have endured sustained drought.

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What Scott Walker doesn't want you to know about Harleys

WalkerFor Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA."

Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters.

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At least 16 dead, dozens missing in Nepal after landslides bury villages

Nepal village buriedMore than a dozen people have died already in western Nepal, officials said, after heavy rains triggered landslides that buried two villages there Thursday.

So far at least 16 people are reported dead from the slides, which are somewhat common in Nepal's mountainous regions during the monsoon months. Dozens more are missing.

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Confederate flags placed at Atlanta’s MLK center, historic church

MLK CenterFederal authorities and police are investigating after Confederate battle flags were found around the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

The Rev. Shannon Jones of Ebenezer Baptist tells The Associated Press that police and federal officials were working to remove the flags Thursday morning.

Jones says several flags were discovered on the grounds early in the morning. He described them as being placed “all around” the area and appearing to be plastic flags with wooden sticks.

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Turkey launches heavy assault on Kurds in Iraq

Turkish assau;t on KurdsTurkey on Tuesday launched its heaviest assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq since commencing its airstrike campaign against them last week. The overnight assault started shortly after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish-Kurdish peace process has become impossible.

The strikes hit six Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets, including shelters and arms depots near the group's mountainous stronghold in Qandil, according to a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office.

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