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Video shows man apologized before Honolulu police shot him

Jun. 16, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Doorbell camera video obtained and made public by lawyers representing the family of a man fatally shot two months ago by Honolulu police provides more information about the events that unfolded before the deadly encounter with officers. The footage...

After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound

Jun. 16, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

Ashley Pearce’s daughter was set to start kindergarten last year in Maryland’s Montgomery County school system. But when it became clear that the year would begin online, Pearce found a nearby Catholic school offering in-person instruction and made the switch. Now...

Museum loses contract over event deemed racially insensitive

Jun. 15, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county cut ties on Tuesday with a historic museum that planned to put on a reenactment of a white slave owner being pursued by Union soldiers. According to WBTV, Mecklenburg County will let its contract...

Southern Baptists pick president who worked for racial unity

Jun. 15, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory. ...

Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

Jun. 15, 2021 21:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the...

Southern Baptists' new leader: long career as bridge builder

Jun. 15, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

As ideological divisions wracked the Southern Baptist Convention this year ahead of a pivotal national meeting, one of the leading candidates for its presidency, Ed Litton, embraced a role as the man best equipped to build bridges and promote unity. “From time to time,...

Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

A day after her interview for a part-time job at Target last year, Dana Anthony got an email informing her she didn't make the cut. Anthony didn't know why — a situation common to most job seekers at one point or another. But she also had no sense at all of how the...

US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

Jun. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer. The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns...

Biden administration pushes plan to combat domestic terror

Jun. 15, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy...

'We need more': Democrats frustrated as agenda faces hurdles

Jun. 15, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — They have spent much of the past year fighting for Democrats in this working-class corner of northeastern Pennsylvania, knocking on thousands of doors, giving their evenings to phone banks and devoting weekends to voter registration drives. But...