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Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a national rallying cry against...

Federal probe of 'I can't breathe' death nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After nearly five years, federal authorities are signaling they may have concluded their investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard on video crying "I can't breathe" after a white New York City police officer put him in an apparent chokehold. The office of the...

The Latest: US probe of Garner killing nears possible end

Jul. 15, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a federal investigation into the death of Eric Garner (all times local): 10 p.m. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say they are planning a news conference Tuesday on the death of Eric Garner, whose dying words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter...

Lee now in favor of changing Confederate proclamation

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee changed course on Monday and declared he's now in favor of amending a law that requires the state to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee tweeted on Monday he will work to change a decades-old statute...

South Dakota woman charged again in her baby's drug death

Jul. 11, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An appeals court has revived a federal involuntary manslaughter charge against a South Dakota woman whose baby died hours after he was born from the illegal drugs found in his system. Samantha Flute was charged with the crime in 2016 when prosecutors said she killed her baby boy by...

Crusader for Spain's abducted babies finds biological family

Jul. 11, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A woman who became a crusader for babies abducted during Spain's 20th-century dictatorship said Thursday that she has found her biological family and learned that her mother gave her up voluntarily. Inés Madrigal said that thanks to an American DNA bank she has found four half...

Judge tosses lawsuit filed over officer's sexual contact

Jul. 11, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A federal judge said a Maine man who contends he was sexually abused by a police officer when he was a teenage boy should've brought his claims sooner. The judge this week dismissed Matt Lauzon's lawsuit against the city of Biddeford and its police chief, saying Maine's statute of...

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

Kansas expands Medicaid support for brain injury victims

Jul. 6, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Medicaid support for people with brain injuries has been expanded to include those acquired through internal forces, such as strokes or tumors, following years of advocacy for change. A quirk in Kansas' Medicaid statute had meant the only patients to qualify were those with a...

ACLU sues over law that punishes inmates with 'civil death'

Jul. 3, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the constitutionality of a Rhode Island law that punishes inmates serving life in prison with "civil death." The ACLU's Rhode Island chapter filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of two inmates. A spokeswoman for the state...