MONDAY NEWS BRIEFS

At least half a dozen men are facing accusations of intentionally starting fires in Oregon. According to other media reports, there’s no evidence the suspects were motivated by politics, as conspiracy theories claim. Printed reports say one suspect was found setting fires in late July because a member of a local forest protection group wouldn’t give him a ride. Police arrested another suspect late last month after he allegedly threatened to burn down a small town if his girlfriend broke up with him. A homeless man is accused of setting a string of brush fires along an Interstate in the Portland area earlier this month.
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Protests are getting back underway in Portland following a week-long hiatus due to wildfire smoke. Between 100 and 200 protesters gathered downtown Saturday night to demonstrate against racial injustice. Police say no arrests were made.
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The Portland Timbers are celebrating a major win over the Earthquakes. The Timbers blew out the Earthquakes 6-1 in San Jose on Saturday. The Timbers and Sounders will face off on Wednesday at Providence Park. Seattle is first in the West with 21 points while Portland is fifth with 18 points.