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Radical Islamist party frees 11 Pakistani police hostages

Apr. 19, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An outlawed Pakistani Islamist political group freed 11 policemen almost a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces, the country’s interior minister said Monday. Supporters of the...

Video: Louisville officer punches protester during arrest

Apr. 19, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A police officer in Kentucky was seen on video repeatedly punching a protester in the head while the man was face down on the ground and being arrested by several officers during a police brutality protest Sunday afternoon. Several Louisville...

Georgia's Abrams navigates voting law fight with eye on 2022

Apr. 19, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden called Georgia's new voting law an “atrocity.” A leading Black bishop called for a national boycott of companies headquartered in the state. But when Stacey Abrams, the state’s well-known voting rights advocate, is asked about the law that has set...

Key events since George Floyd's arrest and death

Apr. 19, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd's arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a...

Attorneys at Chauvin trial in Floyd death make final pitch

Apr. 19, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd are set to make their closing arguments Monday, each side seeking to distill three weeks of testimony to persuade jurors to deliver their view of the right verdict. ...

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

Apr. 18, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent such purchases, police said. A trace of the two guns found by...

Pig's head left at former home of Chauvin defense witness

Apr. 18, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Vandals left a pig’s head at the one-time California home of a use-of-force expert who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd, police said. Blood was also smeared on the house in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco,...

State Supreme Court to consider women-only areas of gyms

Apr. 18, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case that could have a wide-ranging effect on anti-discrimination laws. The court will consider whether it is discriminatory for gyms to have areas restricted to women only that formerly were...

New migrant facilities crop up to ease crowding, again

Apr. 18, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

For the third time in seven years, U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, leading to a massive expansion in emergency facilities to house them as more kids arrive than are being released to close relatives in the United...

Judge lets med student's free-speech lawsuit move ahead

Apr. 18, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is letting a University of Virginia medical student move ahead with his free-speech lawsuit against school officials who suspended him after he asked pointed questions at a panel about microaggressions. School officials had...