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The Latest: Snowstorm-closed highway reopens near Lake Tahoe

DENVER (AP) — A highway over the Sierra Nevada has been reopened after a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch was closed by a snowstorm.

Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe was closed Tuesday afternoon so crews could clear the roadway following numerous spinouts and collisions.

The highway reopened in both directions Tuesday evening but chains are required for most vehicles to the Nevada state line.

Snow also closed several other mountain roadways in Northern California because of crashes, spinouts and snowbound cars.

The Lake Tahoe area is under a winter storm warning through Thanksgiving with forecasts of possible blizzard conditions beginning Tuesday night.


US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

A U.S. judge in Oregon has granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said in a written opinion Tuesday that the proclamation could not take effect while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the courts.

Simon issued an emergency restraining order on Nov. 3 to prevent the rule from taking effect after seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization sued, saying the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.

The proclamation signed by President Donald Trump in October applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the U.S. already.


3 shot including gunman near Vancouver elementary school

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot two people in a Vancouver, Washington elementary school parking lot and then shot himself after a police chase.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a shooting outside Sarah J. Anderson Elementary Tuesday after school had been let out for the day. Vancouver Public Schools said the shooting was targeted and no students or staff were hurt.

Deputies found two women at the scene who were taken to hospitals with unknown injuries.

Law enforcement then pursued the suspect in his vehicle until the sheriff’s office says the suspect stopped near a ramp to Interstate 205 and appears to have shot himself. He was also taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Sgt. Brent Waddell told the Oregonian/OregonLive the shooting was the culmination of a domestic violence situation. He wouldn’t confirm the relationship between the suspect and the adult victims but said there was a restraining order between a suspect and one of the victims. He also said the suspect was released from jail a few days before the shooting.

The school was temporarily locked down. Clark County Major Crimes is investigating.


Man charged with raping, kidnapping woman he met on Tinder

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, )

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 27-year-old man has been indicted on a dozen charges, accused of raping a woman he met on Tinder and forcing her to perform sex acts in exchange for money.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Mitchell Beckwith was indicted Tuesday.

Beckwith was arrested by Gresham police Nov. 17 and booked into custody on felony rape, kidnapping, sodomy and prostitution charges as well as misdemeanor strangulation.

Beckwith pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

The woman on Nov. 17 reported to Gresham police that she had been raped.

The woman told police Beckwith picked her up at her apartment Nov. 16 and that they stopped at Portland’s Rocky Butte.

Once at the landmark, she told police Beckwith touched her without her consent and threatened her when she began screaming. Police say he then sexually assaulted her, dropped her off at home and told her he would return later to “take her out to make him some money.”



University of Oregon employee injured in wave lab

(Information from: Gazette-Times, )

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon State University employee was hurt in a research lab while setting up an experiment.

The Gazette-Times reports on Tuesday the employee was setting up the experiment at O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in a wave flume and became trapped.

OSU’s vice president for marketing and university relations Steve Clark says the flume in which the employee was trapped is a concrete basin normally filled with water to simulate wave action.

He says the flume did not have water in it at the time.

Medics from the Corvallis Fire Department transported the employee to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment.

No additional details about the incident or the extent of the employee’s injuries were immediately available.

Clark said a review of the accident had started.



The Latest: “Bomb cyclone” winds bring power outages

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Utility officials say they are working to restore power to thousands of customers in southern Oregon and northern California because of high winds at the coast and heavy snow in the mountains.

Pacific Power officials said Tuesday evening that more than 15,000 customers were without power as of Tuesday afternoon with Del Norte County, California hardest hit.

Utility officials expect outages to continue overnight into Wednesday based on the weather forecast as a “bomb cyclone” impacts the region.

Pacific Power is working with local emergency officials and the Red Cross to set up warming shelters where needed.


Supporters of Oregon cigarette tax raise nearly $9M

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, )

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Supporters of an upcoming ballot measure that will ask Oregon voters to raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack say they have raised nearly $9 million.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Tuesday that most of the contributions from seven health systems that do business in Oregon, including a $3.3 million gift from Washington-based Providence Health & Services.

The ballot measure, referred to voters by state lawmakers, would increase the cost of a pack of cigarettes from $1.33 to $3.33.

It would also add a 65% tax for electronic cigarettes, which are not taxed in Oregon.

The hike would bring Oregon more into line with California and Washington when it comes to the cost of cigarettes.

But a similar effort in 2007 failed after tobacco interests outspent proponents by $8 million.



US Sen. Merkley urges Oregon fund to drop prison companies

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, a sharp critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, is urging the Oregon state employee pension fund to drop investments in prison companies where immigrants have been locked up by federal immigration officials.

Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, says the state Legislature might need to assist.

In an email to The Associated Press, Merkley said Oregon’s values must be reflected in investment decisions. Oregon was the nation’s first sanctuary state.

The Oregon pension fund is invested in two prison companies that run immigrant detention facilities, and in a company whose smartphone spyware has been used by repressive regimes against dissidents and human rights defenders.

Top lawmakers and the state treasury did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Associated Press