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Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU
NEW YORK (AP) -- Faced with an angry backlash for defending white supremacists' right to march in Charlottesville, the American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a feeling among some of its members that was once considered heresy: Maybe some speech isn't worth defending....

Charlottesville covers Confederate statues with black shroud
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally....

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Walmart is diving into voice-activated shopping. But unlike online leader Amazon, it's not doing it alone....

Florida to execute white man for racially motivated murder
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting to execute a white man Thursday for killing a black person - and it plans to do so with the help of a drug that has never been used before in any U.S. execution....

Groups make last-minute push to save national monument areas
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Conservation and tribal groups are airing TV ads, sending letters to President Donald Trump and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California....

Protests turn unruly after Trump's Phoenix speech
PHOENIX (AP) -- A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of President Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers....

Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals
WICHITA, Kansas (AP) -- A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard....

US families, friends of missing sailors proud, praying
Families in the United States are awaiting word on missing seamen who were aboard the USS John McCain when it collided with an oil tanker on Monday near Singapore....

Justice is kind, and viral: Folksy judge, 80, becomes a star
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- You wouldn't think an 80-year-old judge would make for a viral video, but somehow Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio has been winning hearts and clicks on Facebook with a mix of compassion, humor and a rotating cast of the poor souls who have been ticketed in Providence....

Man pleads not guilty in wife's death during Alaska cruise
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A Utah man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife on a cruise to Alaska has pleaded not guilty....

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Charlottesville begins covering Confederate statue in black

Charlottesville workers begin covering Confederate statue in black as city mourns death at white supremacist rally