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Indiana state Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, speaks during a March 5, 2020, news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. An Indiana State Police spokesman said Tuesday, July 14, 2020, that the agency was reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting Melton inside the Statehouse on Saturday, July 11. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Officer's actions toward Black Indiana senator under review

Jul. 14, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are reviewing allegations that a white Capitol Police officer reached for his handgun while confronting a Black state senator inside the Statehouse over the weekend, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The incident happened Saturday while Democratic Sen. Eddie Melton...

FILE - Tears roll down the face of Vauhxx Booker as he speaks to people gathered at the Monroe County courthouse in Bloomington, Ind,  Monday, July 6, 2020. Attorneys for two people involved in a reported assault of Booker at a southern Indiana lake over the July Fourth weekend said Monday, July 13, 2020, their clients are victims, not attackers. David Hennessy, a criminal defense attorney for Sean Purdy and Caroline McCord — two of the people accused of being involved — said Booker has been

Attorney: Indiana hate crime allegation is 'smear campaign'

Jul. 13, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for two people accused of being involved in a reported assault on a Black man at a southern Indiana lake said Monday his clients are victims of a “smear campaign” and a “rush to judgment." Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the...

4 children die when semi slams into car on Indiana highway

Jul. 10, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — Four young siblings were killed when a semitrailer slammed into their car that had slowed down for a construction zone on Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana, state police said. The car was pushed into another semitrailer and burst into flames Thursday evening. A passerby was able...

This photo provided by the Monroe County Correctional Center in Bloomington, Ind., shows Christi Bennett on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Bennett, an Indiana woman, was been arrested in a hit-and-run crash that sent one woman to the hospital and caused minor injuries to a man during a southern Indiana protest over the assault of a Black man by a group of white men on June 6.  (Monroe County Correctional Center via AP)

Woman charged in hit-and-run at Indiana protest

Jul. 9, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman was charged Thursday in a hit-and-run crash that sent one woman to the hospital and caused minor injuries to a man during a southern Indiana protest over the assault of a Black man by a group of white men. Prosecutors charged Christi Bennett, 66, with two counts of...

Vauhxx Booker speaks to the hundreds gathered at the Monroe County courthouse, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, says a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” after claiming that he and his friends had trespassed on private property as they gathered at an Indiana lake over the Fourth of July weekend. (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP)

FBI investigating reported assault on Black Indiana man

Jul. 8, 2020 4:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI said Tuesday it’s investigating the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake. Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, said the men pinned him against a tree, shouted racial...

Team Penske's injured crew member returns to North Carolina

Jul. 6, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An injured crew member on Ryan Blaney's NASCAR team has returned to Team Penske's headquarters in North Carolina, where he will undergo further evaluation. Zachary Price was treated and released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and returned home with the rest of Penske's travel...

Race driver Kevin Harvick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Harvick takes advantage of Hamlin's crash to win Brickyard

Jul. 6, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick turned up the pressure on Denny Hamlin late in the Brickyard 400. And on a cooling track, Hamlin's worn tires simply gave out. As the sun set Sunday over Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hamlin seven laps from one of the few victories that has eluded him, he went careening...

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Chase Briscoe celebrates winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Briscoe wins 2nd straight to complete dream weekend at Indy

Jul. 4, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chase Briscoe parked the No. 98 car on the front straightaway at Indianapolis, climbed out and scaled the catch fence with some crew members. He even kissed the bricks. It was the kind of celebration that made team owner Tony Stewart proud. The 25-year-old who grew up dreaming of racing...

Race driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, celebrates with the trophy after winning the IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Dixon breaks through at Indianapolis with victory in GP

Jul. 4, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It took Scott Dixon 12 years to make a second trip to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He's already plotting a third trip next month. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner ended what had been a frustrating quest for a second win at the Brickyard, beating Graham Rahal to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020 file photo Jimmie Johnson climbs intp his car before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson will test an Indy car next week on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s long said he is open to racing in the series but did not want to compete on ovals out of safety concerns. On Friday, July 3, 2020, he indicated recent safety improvements have softened his stance and the Indianapolis 500 is not entirely out of the picture.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Knocked out of Brickyard, Johnson copes at home with virus

Jul. 4, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson and his family took every precaution to avoid the coronavirus. They washed their hands frequently, diligently followed the face-mask guidelines and even left their home in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the less densely populated Aspen, Colorado. And yet both Johnson and...