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Police stand near a overturned vehicle and a fire as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A look at the antifa movement Trump is blaming for violence

Jun. 1, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed antifa activists for violence at protests over police killings of black people, but antifa isn’t an organization and targeting it isn’t so simple. A look at what antifa is and is not: WHAT IS ANTIFA? Short for “anti-fascists,”...

Attorney General William Barr, center, stands in Lafayette Park across from the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr: Law enforcement must ‘dominate’ streets amid protests

Jun. 1, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials vowed to “maximize federal law enforcement presence” in the nation’s capital Monday night after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured. In a...

Oklahoma health agency to no longer release detailed data

Jun. 1, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday it will no longer release specific information about COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes, cities or by zip code. Agency spokeswoman Donelle Harder said attorneys at the department and in the governor's office agreed...

FILE - In this May 3, 2020, file photo, light shines from inside the U.S. Capitol dome at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

Jun. 1, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress convened Monday with protests outside its door and across the nation, the Capitol already struck by the COVID-19 outbreak now confronting a deepening crisis over the treatment of black people in the United States. The civil unrest over the death of George Floyd at the hands...

Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced offers a press conference to announce the extension of the Covid-19 curfew until June 15, while detailing the new sectors of the country that may resume operations from May 26 as part of a new executive order, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Puerto Rico is cautiously reopening beaches, restaurants, churches, malls, and hair salons under strict conditions as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown despite dozens of new coronavirus cases reported daily. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti) PUERTO RICO OUT-NO PUBLICAR EN PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico overhauls 1930 civil code amid sharp criticism

Jun. 1, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, Puerto Rico overhauled a series of laws that regulate rights in the U.S. territory including marriage, abortion and property ownership without having held any public hearings. Gov. Wanda Vázquez on Monday night signed into law a new...

Tennessee House advance abortion ‘reversal’ bill

Jun. 1, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House on Monday advanced a proposal requiring providers to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be halted halfway or face felony charges. Medical groups say that claim isn’t backed up by science and that there is little information about the reversal...

Reps. Jean-Paul Coussan, R-Lafayette, left; Stephen Dwight, R-Lake Charles, center; and Jerome

Louisiana lawmakers finish regular session without budget

Jun. 1, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Wrapping up a shortened regular session interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana lawmakers Monday handed business groups the limits on car wreck lawsuits that they've sought for years while punting completion of next year's budget to another session. The House and Senate...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CBO projects virus impact could trim GDP by $15.7 trillion

Jun. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the U.S. economy could be $15.7 trillion smaller over the next decade than it otherwise would have been if Congress does not mitigate the economic damage from the coronavirus. The CBO, which had already issued a report forecasting a severe...

Kansas governor's team to discuss coronavirus relief funds

Jun. 1, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that a team she appointed to help her plan for the state's economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will begin discussing this week how to spend $1.25 billion in federal relief funds. The Democratic governor also said she is confident that she can...

FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, the NCAA headquarters is shown in Indianapolis. More than a dozen national associations in various sports – hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them – have signed a memo outlining “significant concerns” about effects of allowing athletes to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL). (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Non-revenue sports fret over college athlete compensation

Jun. 1, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

College coaches in non-revenue sports are worried about the impact legislation allowing compensation for athletes could have on their programs. More than a dozen national associations in various sports – hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming and gymnastics, among them – have signed a memo outlining...