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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey kneels and weeps by the casket of George Floyd before funeral services at North Central University, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Floyd died on May 25 as a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck, ignoring his cries and bystander shouts until he eventually stopped moving. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

`Get your knee off our necks!': Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

Jun. 4, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hollywood celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd at a fiery memorial Thursday for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand,...

People gather in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, June 4, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Texas county GOP chairwoman pressured to resign

Jun. 4, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Texas county GOP chairwoman pressured to resign after comments. — Mourners at George Floyd’s memorial service...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying

Jun. 4, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator alleged Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after fatally shooting the black man with a pump-action shotgun. The inflammatory revelation came amid a week of angry nationwide protests over law...

President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Analysis: Trump emulates strongman tactics, tests his limits

Jun. 4, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A phalanx of law enforcement officers and soldiers is positioned on the streets of the nation’s capital to keep protesters at bay. Helicopters circle overhead, sometimes dipping low to buzz the crowd. The country’s leader warns that he’s willing to go further to...

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows J. Alexander Kueng, from left, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. They have been charged with aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by the Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Judge: $750K bail for 3 ex-officers accused in Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge set bail at $750,000 apiece Thursday for three fired Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the killing of George Floyd, as a memorial service took place just blocks away. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng made their first appearances in...

FILE - This April 7, 2020 file photo shows a bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas. Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists. A retraction in the journal Lancet on Thursday, June 4, 2020  involved a May 22 report on  hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs long used for preventing or treating malaria but whose safety and effectiveness for COVID-19 are unknown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

Jun. 4, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists. Thursday’s retraction in the journal Lancet...

A health worker collects material from Monica da Costa for a COVID-19 test in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Several members of the family where feeling symptoms and some already tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

UK vaccine summit calls for freely available virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A vaccine summit hosted by Britain on Thursday raised billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries as experts wrestled with the difficult question of how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations...

A currency trader walks by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 4, 2020.  Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street rose on better U.S. jobs and manufacturing data than expected.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Wall Street pauses, and S&P 500's 4-day winning streak snaps

Jun. 4, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Wall Street paused on Thursday, and the S&P 500 fell for the first time in five days as stocks that had held steadiest through this year’s feverish swings gave back some of their gains. The S&P 500 lost 10.52 points, or 0.3%, to 3,112.35 after being on track earlier in the day for its longest...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo, Pastor James Roberson leads a prayer with protesters during the Prayerful Protest march for George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

Jun. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their skills. For weeks, they had been striving to comfort their congregations amid a pandemic taking a disproportionately heavy toll on African-Americans. Then came a coast-to-coast upsurge of racial...

This Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, shows the relief sculpture on the Boston Massacre Monument on Boston Common that depicts Crispus Attucks, a black man, as the first person gunned down by British troops during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. The attack helped touch off the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As nation confronts old demons, a 1770 slaying is recalled

Jun. 4, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Like George Floyd, he was black, in his mid-40s, and died at the hands of a white man. And like Floyd, he may have helped touch off a revolution. Many in the Black Lives Matter movement are invoking Crispus Attucks — an African American gunned down by a British soldier in the Boston...

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Ebensburg pool groundskeeper Zander Johnson scrubs the bottom of the pool getting it prepared for their June 13 opening with restrictions Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Ebensburg, Pa. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Wolf will announce more counties can enter 'green' phase

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will announce Friday that more counties will be allowed to enter the “green” phase of his pandemic reopening plan, the least-restrictive phase of his stoplight-colored three-phase plan, his office said. Those counties are in addition to the 16 that he...

Images of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after being taken into police custody in Minneapolis, hang surrounded by roses on a security barrier outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Saturday, May 30, 2020. A sign in Spanish reads:

Mexicans protest George Floyd-style police brutality case

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As protests rock the United States over the death of George Floyd, anger built in Mexico on Thursday over its own police brutality case: a young man allegedly beaten to death after officers detained him for not wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic. An online campaign to...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, gestures to a chart showing the impact of the mandatory stay-at-home orders during a news conference on the state's response to the coronavirus, at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Ghaly said Thursday, June 4, 2020, the state is staying in a

Health official: California in "range of stability" on virus

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is staying in a “range of stability” on coronavirus cases and hospitalizations and plans to move ahead with reopening efforts amid widespread protests that have brought people together in mass gatherings not seen in months, the state's top health official...

Colorado's Mount Evans Highway to remain closed for summer

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Officials say Mount Evans Highway in Colorado will remain closed to vehicles for the summer as a result of health and safety concerns and economic difficulties related to the coronavirus. KCNC-TV reports that the Colorado Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service and Denver...

Sheriff: Investigation continues into abuse at group home

Jun. 4, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

GRAND BAY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama said an investigation into elder abuse at a veterans group home was still ongoing, as deputies attempted to piece together how the home came into existence. The Mobile County Sheriff's Office seized hundreds of paper records from Square One Life Management LLC...

Evers defends his decision to deploy National Guard

Jun. 4, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday defended his decision to deploy the Wisconsin National Guard to help police in Madison and Milwaukee control protests over George Floyd's death. Evers, a Democrat, told reporters during a conference call that he deployed the Guard to protect property in...

Arkansas may further ease coronavirus limits by region

Jun. 4, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas may further ease coronavirus restrictions by region rather than statewide, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday even as the state's active cases continued to rise overall. Hutchinson said he is considering entering a “phase 2” loosening of lifting virus...

US public schools need major building repairs, report finds

Jun. 4, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

The majority of U.S. public school districts need to make major building repairs in at least half of their schools, yet many districts are unable to pay for updates or have postponed them to improve security in case of a shooting, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on...

A protester fist bumps police in riot gear Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo., after a unity march to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City announces planned reform of police procedures

Jun. 4, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City is reforming police procedures after criticism from black organizations about police conduct during nearly a week of protests as well as long-standing tension between the department and minorities, the mayor announced Thursday. A coalition of civil rights organizations...

People gather in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, June 4, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Texas county GOP chairwoman pressured to resign

Jun. 4, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Texas county GOP chairwoman pressured to resign after comments. — Mourners at George Floyd’s memorial service...