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Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Federal specialists called to help investigate St. Paul fire

Aug. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Expert federal investigators are joining joined state and local teams who are working to find a cause of a huge fire at a hotel construction site in St. Paul. Fire caused extensive damage to the five-story Courtyard by Marriott hotel Tuesday and significant damage to a six-story...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland police, protesters clash for 2nd consecutive night

Aug. 6, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police and protesters in Portland, Oregon, have clashed for the second night in a row and the city’s police chief says the ongoing violence is harming the city’s image. The high-profile clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since...

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Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

Aug. 6, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago." The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The...

Feds: Man pleads guilty to threatening to burn Black church

Aug. 6, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a Black church in Virginia days after one of the church’s leaders took part in a vigil for George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minnesota. John Malcolm Bareswill, 63, entered the plea...

Protesters gather at Peninsula Park in north Portland, Ore., on their way to the Portland Police Association building  late Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.   A riot was declared early Wednesday during demonstrations in Portland after authorities said people set fires and barricaded public roadways.(Dave Killen /The Oregonian via AP)

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Aug. 6, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past...

Seattle City Council takes steps to cut police officers

Aug. 5, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council in a preliminary vote decided unanimously Wednesday to reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — a move pushed by demonstrators who have marched in the city following George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis. The Seattle...

Vallejo chief supported firing officer over deadly shooting

Aug. 5, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The police chief of a San Francisco Bay Area city recommended firing one of six officers who shot and killed a man who had been sleeping in a car with a gun in his lap last year, according to documents released Wednesday. Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams agreed with an internal...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Proposal to disband Minneapolis police blocked from ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. Members of the Charter Commission expressed...

Charges filed in deadly shooting at Seattle protest zone

Aug. 5, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Wednesday for a suspect accused of killing a man in a fatal June 20 shooting at Seattle’s occupied protest area. KOMO reports Marcel Levon Long faces murder charges with a firearm enhancement for the death of 19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson....

Judge: Doctrine shielding police from lawsuits is wrong

Aug. 5, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the principle of qualified immunity, which protects law enforcement officers from being sued for some of their actions. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday...