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Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Dec. 1, 2020 1:35 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us...

Migrants flee from the second fire in two days at the overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress

Dec. 1, 2020 11:11 AM EST

Behold, a world in distress: A 64-year-old woman weeps, hugging her husband as he lay dying in the COVID-19 unit of a California hospital. A crowded refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, engulfed in flames, disgorges a string of migrants fleeing this hell on Earth. Rain-swept protesters, enraged by the death of George...

Minneapolis mayor, police chief speak against budget cuts

Nov. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' mayor and police chief spoke out Monday against a proposal to cut the police department's budget by nearly $8 million, with the mayor saying the plan is irresponsible during a year that saw rising violent crime and the departures of dozens of officers. Demands for change to...

Minneapolis announces updates to no-knock warrant policy

Nov. 25, 2020 3:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' mayor and police chief have changed a policy that dictates how officers should carry out so-called no-knock warrants, saying officers will be required to announce their presence as they enter premises, as well as make periodic announcements while inside. Wednesday's...

Campus police reform in progress after George Floyd killing

Nov. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly six months after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, the University of Minnesota is undergoing several efforts to reexamine and reform campus police. However, some say they feel change is not happening quickly enough. The University Senate and...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

School: Teacher cited Floyd's death in chemistry exercise

Nov. 20, 2020 9:50 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A high school teacher in northern Virginia has been relieved of his teaching duties after he cited the death of George Floyd as part of a chemistry assignment. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Arlington teacher asked students to insert the name of a chemical element to...

Kansas equity panel to recommend marked cars for police

Nov. 19, 2020 10:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission Gov. Laura Kelly established to examine policing and other racial justice issues after George Floyd's death plans to recommend that Kansas law enforcement agencies no longer use unmarked police vehicles during traffic stops — unless police believe they are needed to...

Minnesota man enters plea in police station fire amid unrest

Nov. 19, 2020 6:48 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit arson for helping set fire to a Minneapolis police station during civil unrest in the days following the death of George Floyd. According to an indictment, Bryce Michael Williams, 26, of Staples, went to the...

Judge rejects Chauvin divorce, citing possibility of 'fraud'

Nov. 19, 2020 6:19 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has rejected a divorce settlement between former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his wife, citing the possibility of fraud. Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman did not discuss motives for the divorce in her October decision to reject an...