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Lemiley Lane, a Bountiful junior who grew up in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, poses for a photograph at Bountiful High School, July 21, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. While advocates have made strides in getting Native American symbols and names changed in sports, they say there's still work to do mainly at the high school level, where mascots like Braves, Indians, Warriors, Chiefs and Redskins persist. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Native mascots still a sticking point in high school sports

Aug. 9, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native American men in headdresses meant to represent the mascot, the Braves. “Welcome to the Dark Side” and “Fight...

Judge: Prosecutor will stay on ex-cop's case in Floyd death

Aug. 7, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge overseeing the cases against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd has denied a request to have a local prosecutor removed. J. Kueng's attorney filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county’s top prosecutor,...

Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

Aug. 7, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often searched when...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police

Aug. 6, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city’s Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death won’t achieve the type of structural overhaul to public safety they hoped for – at least not this year. A city commission on Wednesday blocked a...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Ex-cop's lawyer wants prosecutor dropped from Floyd case

Aug. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd wants the local prosecutor dropped from the case. The attorney for former Officer J. Kueng filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county's top prosecutor, has...

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Proposal to disband Minneapolis police blocked from ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. Members of the Charter Commission expressed...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Defense: Ex-officer at Floyd arrest only did crowd control

Aug. 5, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd argues his client only handled crowd control. Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against Tou Thao for lack of...

Minneapolis commission stalls on proposal to dismantle Police Department, ending its chances of making November ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 6:34 PM EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis commission stalls on proposal to dismantle Police Department, ending its chances of making November ballot.
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey speaks during a press conference in Minneapolis. In an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, Frey said that Gov. Tim Walz hesitated to send in the National Guard to quell the growing violence after the death of George Floyd and then blamed him for allowing the city to burn. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP File)

Minneapolis mayor: City seeks right mentors for new officers

Aug. 4, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for field training following George Floyd's death, in which a senior officer rejected a younger colleague's question about how Floyd was being restrained. In an...