News Stories Jun. 5, 2018

GRAND RONDE, Ore. (AP) — The Grand Ronde tribe is welcoming back more than a dozen artifacts that were bought more than a century ago by an Episcopalian minister who collected tribal objects from the Pacific Northwest. The British Museum in London has had the objects in storage for decades and is loaning them for a year to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. It’s part of a larger effort by the Oregon tribe and others to reclaim their history.

UNDATED (AP) —U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley said he had tried to enter a federal facility in Texas where immigrant children are being held, but police were called and he was told to leave. Merkley’s attempt late Sunday to enter the facility came amid a national debate over the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally. Merkley was accused of grandstanding by a spokeswoman for the federal agency caring for the children.

Washington (CNN) The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple because of a religious objection. The ruling was 7-2. The court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward the baker based on his religious beliefs. The ruling is a win for baker Jack Phillips, who cited his beliefs as a Christian, but leaves unsettled broader constitutional questions on religious liberty. The ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, held that members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed animus toward Phillips specifically when they suggested his claims of religious freedom were made to justify discrimination. The case was one of the most anticipated rulings of the term and was considered by some as a follow-up from the court’s decision three years ago to clear the way for same-sex marriage nationwide. That opinion, also written by Kennedy, expressed respect for those with religious objections to gay marriage.

The Chicago White Sox selected Oregon State Beavers’ second baseman Nick Madrigal with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 MLB draft on Monday, making him the highest-drafted player in OSU history. Madrigal is batting .406 this season with seven doubles, four triples and three home runs in 32 games. He missed 26 games early this season with a broken left wrist but since his return has helped the Beavers roll to a No. 3 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament and a Corvallis Regional sweep to advance to super regionals. The Beavers will host No. 14 seed Minnesota in the best-of-three super regional this weekend with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

The sixth-seeded Florida State Seminoles held on to beat the Washington Huskies 1-0 in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series championship series Monday night in Oklahoma City. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is set for 5 p.m. today. Florida State is seeking its first WCWS title, while the Huskies are looking for their second after winning it all in 2009.