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Today in History

May. 11, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 11, the 131st day of 2021. There are 234 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 11, 1935, the Rural Electrification Administration was created as one of President...

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

May. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged four former...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to “medical distress” and made no mention that the Black...

A look at high-profile cases over killings by US police

Apr. 20, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in George Floyd's death after pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out: “I can't breathe.” The defense argued that Chauvin, a white...

Judge keeps ex-cop's 20-year sentence for killing Black man

Apr. 19, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge upheld a 20-year prison sentence on Monday for former police officer Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man who ran from a traffic stop in South Carolina, rejecting Slager's claims his lawyer did a poor job. ...

Ex-officer appeals 20-year sentence for killing Black man

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man in South Carolina who ran from a traffic stop said his lawyer never told him about a plea offer from prosecutors that could have cut years off his sentence. ...

Today in History

Apr. 07, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 7, the 97th day of 2021. There are 268 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 7, 1915, jazz singer-songwriter Billie Holiday, also known as “Lady Day,” was...

Today in History

Apr. 04, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Easter Sunday, April 4, the 94th day of 2021. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed...