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Demonstrators protest in Centennial Olympic Park, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Atlanta. Protests were organized in cities around the United States following the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests over George Floyd's death spread across the nation

May. 29, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

Developments across the United States in connection with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody: ___ ATLANTA — A police car has been set on fire in Atlanta, where protesters were using barricades to break the windows of cruisers while others were jumping on the vehicles and shattering...

Sergeant showed ‘pattern of deceit’ in black man's arrest

May. 29, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — West Linn Police Sgt. Tony Reeves, who was the lead investigator in the wrongful arrest of a black man in Portland, will never again be called to testify in any county criminal court case and should have his police certification revoked, Clackamas County’s district attorney...

A member of the Minnesota National Guard stands guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, May 29, 2020. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he asked the Minnesota National Guard to be responsible for the safety of the State Capitol. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

The Latest: US agency calls back drone it sent to Minnesota

May. 29, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says it dispatched a drone to Minneapolis following three nights of violent protests there but ended...

California to vote on business tax hike worth up to $12B

May. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters in November will decide whether to increase property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. The ballot measure contest will pit big city mayors and pro-labor...

Missouri reports big increases in coronavirus cases, deaths

May. 29, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's health department on Friday cited 31 additional coronavirus deaths, among the highest one-day increases reported since the pandemic began. The website for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services showed 738 deaths, up from 707 on Thursday. The website also...

A participant destroys a thin blue line American flag used to honor police officers during a protest outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Denver. More than 1,000 protesters walked from the Capitol down the 16th Street pedestrian mall during the protest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver mayor decries violence in protests over Floyd death

May. 29, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock called for calm and unity Friday after the first of several planned protests over George Floyd's death turned violent, declaring, "Let not the story be about the riots and protests. Let’s keep the focus on the life that was lost.” “I can tell...

Protestors demonstrate outside of a burning Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man's neck charged with murder

May. 29, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck was arrested and charged with murder Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted. Derek Chauvin, 44, was...

Protesters, who did not wish to be identified, chant outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Miss. on Friday afternoon following comments made by Petal Mayor Hal Marx regarding the death of George Floyd on Monday in Minneapolis. Friday, May 28, 2020.  (Sarah Warnock/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Crowd protests white mayor's words about black man's death

May. 29, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PETAL, Miss. (AP) — At least 200 people protested Friday outside a Mississippi City Hall, calling for the resignation of a white mayor who sparked outrage when he said he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” about the death of an African American man in Minneapolis police custody. Petal...

In this photo provided by the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference Friday, May 29, 2020, in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer hinted that she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. (Michigan Executive Office of the Governor via AP)

Whitmer hints at more reopening of Michigan in 'coming days'

May. 29, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hinted Friday that she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. She did not specify when she may act, alluding to an announcement on additional areas in...

Police hold off protesters for Breonna Taylor, early Friday, May 29, 2020 in Louisville, Ky.  Taylor,  a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

Mother of Louisville police shooting victim calls for peace

May. 29, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to defuse anger after gunfire wounded at least seven people at a protest in Louisville, the mother of a black woman killed by police urged protesters Friday to continue demanding justice but do so “without hurting each other." Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the...