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Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Oct. 27, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by...

A man stands holds merchandise outside of a damaged store after protest, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife, sparking violent protests that police said injured 30 officers and led to dozens of arrests. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Questions abound after Philadelphia police kill Black man

Oct. 27, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police leaders struggled to answer questions Tuesday about what led to the death of Walter Wallace under more than a dozen rounds fired by two Philadelphia officers who say he refused calls to put down a knife in a confrontation that led to unrest in the predominantly Black...

Honolulu police offer no details in power abuse discipline

Oct. 27, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police conducted an administrative investigation after an officer was accused of arresting a 15-year-old by who had a personal dispute with the officer's son, a department spokeswoman said. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Officer Kirk Uemura and his supervisor were disciplined...

Group home provider settles allegation from deaf resident

Oct. 27, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal litigators reached a civil settlement Tuesday with the largest operator of group homes in Virginia for people with developmental disabilities over allegations it failed to provide necessary sign language interpreters. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G....

Important Minnesota high court race sits on back of ballot

Oct. 27, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters may be fixated on the presidential race or other high-profile races, but there's an important race on the back of the ballot. Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul Thissen is facing voters for the first time since his appointment in 2018. Challenging him is...

Tanzanian army personal vote in Dodoma during Tanzania election Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.  A major opposition party in Tanzania is accusing police of shooting dead at least nine citizens amid unrest over alleged fraud on the eve of the country's presidential election.(AP Photo)

At least 11 shot dead ahead of Tanzania's presidential vote

Oct. 27, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Police in Tanzania shot dead at least nine citizens amid unrest over alleged fraud ahead of the presidential election, a major opposition party asserted Tuesday, while officials denied it and one of Africa's most populous countries watched internet service slow to a crawl ahead of...

UNI president allows previously blocked anti-abortion group

Oct. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The president of the University of Northern Iowa has overridden an earlier decision by the school’s student government that had denied recognition of a student anti-abortion group. UNI President Mark Nook ruled Sunday that Students for Life of America will be allowed to...

Nigeria to investigate the shooting of protesters in Lagos

Oct. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The shootings of peaceful protesters in Nigeria last week will be investigated by a judicial committee, an official announced Tuesday, as some seek accountability for the worst turmoil in decades in Africa’s most populous country. The committee is also investigating alleged...

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Oct. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier. The renewed violence has undermined an already shaky...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, people participating in a

Police bill plays big role in Connecticut legislative races

Oct. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While Democratic candidates for the General Assembly contend they have a strong record to run on, despite COVID-19 greatly limiting legislative successes in 2020, Republicans have latched onto the police accountability legislation that passed in a special session, believing voters...