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FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. Multiple suburban Denver police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into photos of them related to the case of a Black man who died last summer after he was stopped and restrained, police said Monday, June 29, 2020. The interim police chief of the city of Aurora, Vanessa Wilson, said in a statement that the suspended officers were

Union: Colorado officer fired in Elijah McClain photo probe

Jul. 3, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver officer has been fired amid an internal investigation into photos showing police near where Elijah McClain was put in a chokehold and later died, a police union said Friday. The Aurora Police Association published the Facebook post shortly before the Police...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. A new French prime minister will be appointed on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe, who has resigned amid an expected government reshuffle, the French presidency announced. (Thomas Coex, Pool via AP)

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul. 3, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice...

Arizona store shootout ends with robber, bystander dead

Jul. 3, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A man robbing a gas station convenience store fatally shot a bystander before being killed in a wild shootout with another bystander, police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Friday morning. The suspect in the robbery was also believed to have pulled off two holdups at gas...

FILE - This April 20, 2020 file photo shows the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio. The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark this week, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

Jul. 3, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic. At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009, file photo, former hostages, from left, Tom Howes, Marc Gonsalves and Keith Stansell pose for a portrait in New York. The American defense contractors held for years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they were seeking to claim. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

Jul. 3, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. ...

Andrew Stuart wears a bandana as a mask while taking a selfie with his dog, Voltron, on Sunset Blvd, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. Sheriff's deputies in West Hollywood will issue citations to people who are not wearing masks in public, ramping up enforcement that previously had largely been imposed without penalties. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

California enters July 4 weekend with many beaches closed

Jul. 3, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California headed into the Fourth of July weekend Friday under classic sunny summer skies and new health orders that temporarily put many popular beaches off-limits and canceled fireworks shows in an effort to prevent runaway coronavirus infections. A few surfers were in the water off...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...

People wearing protective face masks walk past a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

`Huge bummer': July Fourth will test Americans' discipline

Jul. 3, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak. With confirmed cases...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, police caution tape surrounds a playground in Lake Oswego, Ore., during the coronavirus outbreak. Oregon health officials reported its second-highest tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths on Friday, June 26, 2020, the same day that authorities released new modeling that shows increased transmission of the coronavirus since the state began reopening in mid-May. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

Oregon thought it had controlled COVID-19, then came surge

Jul. 3, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It was early June when the mayor of Newport a small city perched on Oregon's coast, received a phone call that he had been dreading. It was the county commissioner — two workers at a local seafood plant had coronavirus and others were being tested. “When he told me that I...

FILE - Utah County Commissioner Nathan Ivie speaks as he holds the American flag during a news conference on June 14, 2018, in Provo, Utah. Ivie, a Republican voted out of office in a primary after coming out as gay in conservative Utah says a backlash during campaign season has him questioning whether his party has a place for him. Ivie made national headlines more than a year ago when he publicly announced his orientation while serving as a county commissioner in deep-red Utah County. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Republican who came out as gay in Utah ousted in primary

Jul. 3, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican voted out of office in a primary after coming out as gay in conservative Utah says a backlash during the campaign has him questioning whether his party has a place for him. Rancher Nathan Ivie announced his orientation last year while serving as a county commissioner in...