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Report: NYC police misconduct often involves minority youths

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of complaints about New York City police officers' mistreatment of youths stemmed from encounters with black and Hispanic children, according to a new study by the city's police watchdog agency. Nearly two-thirds of youth complaints to the Civilian Complaint ...

Crews inspect, but won’t yet remove, Richmond’s Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Crews were dispatched Monday morning to inspect Richmond's huge statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee before its planned removal. While protesters have managed to topple some other Confederate statues and some cities have moved swiftly to remove what critics see as symbols of ...

Officer charged in Floyd’s death has 1st court appearance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Derek Chauvin, 44, is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 25 death. Floyd, a ...

Few incumbents face primary challenges on S. Carolina ballot

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of marquee races on either party's ballot have left 2020 a quiet primary season in South Carolina. The only statewide primary Tuesday sees Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham seeking the nomination for a fourth term against three ...

Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest. "It was an honor to compete ...

U.S. cardinal at Vatican prays for Floyd, and America’s future

ROME (AP) — The highest-ranking American cardinal at the Vatican on Friday deplored the "unjust" killing of George Floyd, saying it laid bare that the Christian principles of the U.S. Constitution aren't being applied to black people. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who heads the Vatican's laity ...

Peaceful protests continue into weekend around California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protesters marched, paddled, cycled and even staged "die-ins" as outrage over the death of George Floyd expressed itself in peaceful but colorful ways around California. Crowds ranging from hundreds to thousands thronged the streets Friday in downtown Los Angeles, San ...

No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At the end of one of his most turbulent weeks in office, President Donald Trump was eager on Friday to boast of a better than expected jobs report to argue the country is poised for a booming recovery. Benjamin Lund was not moved. The 45-year-old Milwaukee man is a ...

VIRUS DIARY: A cancer survivor takes comfort in her piano

NEW YORK (AP) — Since mid-March, when my NYC friends and I began sheltering at home, my piano has been a big source of comfort. I pound out the keys to Broadway tunes ("On My Own" from "Les Miserables") and classical music (Rachmaninoff and Haydn). I even break into song, mostly off-key, ...

Pandemic accelerates Mormon missionaries’ transition online

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Wearing dress shirts, ties and name tags, three missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sit around the kitchen table inside a Utah apartment planning how they'll spread their gospel that day. Seth Rather, a 19-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, ...

U.S. moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in ...

Indianapolis police to review training amid baton use probe

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis' police chief said Friday that his department is taking a look at officers' training for responding to heated public protests while it investigates four officers caught on video using batons and pepper balls to subdue two women at a protest last weekend over ...

Death of Phoenix man during arrest similar to Floyd’s death

PHOENIX (AP) — The anger that overcame Mussallina Muhaymin when learning of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police turned into sadness after she concluded her brother faced a similar death three years ago while handcuffed and held down by Phoenix officers. Police video shows ...

After 30 years, wrongfully convicted death row inmate freed

A man who spent nearly three decades in behind bars, most of them on death row, after he was convicted at his second trial of killing a 4-year-old girl in Philadelphia was released Friday after prosecutors concluded he very likely did not do it. Walter Ogrod left death row and the State ...

Seattle mayor bans 1 type of tear gas amid protests

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle mayor has banned the police use of one form of tear gas as protests continue in the city and nationally over the killing of George Floyd. Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a news conference Friday afternoon that the ban on CS gas would continue for 30 days. The move came ...

Surfers ‘paddle out,’ circle up in memory of George Floyd

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — On a sliver of sand that before the Civil Rights era was derisively dubbed "The Ink Well" because of its popularity among black people, hundreds of surfers gathered Friday to honor the life of George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police. The occasion ...

Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast

MIAMI (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf ...

Alabama city removes Confederate statue without notice

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's port city removed a statue of a Confederate naval officer early Friday after days of protests over the police killing of George Floyd, with the mayor saying the monument was a "potential distraction" to focusing on the city's future. The bronze likeness of ...

Experts: Floyd’s health issues don’t affect homicide ruling

George Floyd had drugs in his system and severe heart disease when a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck, but independent experts said the medical problems revealed in the full autopsy report don't change the conclusion that the handcuffed man's death was a homicide. "He has some ...

Twitter disables Trump campaign’s George Floyd video tribute

Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, one of its most widely followed users. The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that ...