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A Plantation Country re-brand amid calls for racial justice

Jun. 19, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana tourist commission is abandoning a 19-year-old promotion touting “New Orleans Plantation Country,” effective immediately. The River Parishes Tourist Commission, representing an area just up the Mississippi River from New Orleans, had already planned to drop the...

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The Latest: President Trump says police treated unfairly

Jun. 17, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — President Trump says police “have not been treated fairly.” — Prosecutors acknowledge Floyd pinned by Minneapolis officers for 7:46. — Atlanta police officer charged with felony murder. — Portland, Oregon cutting police budget by $16 million. —...

Sarzana Khan, center, and Gabriel Reyla, right, march with gay activists and suppoters on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Sunday, June 14, 2020, at a protest over the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Latest: Interfaith group holds vigil outside St. John’s

Jun. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — A group of interfaith leaders held a prayer vigil outside St. John’s Church near the White House. — The mother of Trayvon Martin joined hundreds of demonstrators at a rally in downtown Miami. — At least seven Minneapolis police officers have quit and another seven...

In this frame grab from video posted on Twitter, protesters bring down a bust of slave owner John McDonogh, Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Duncan Plaza in New Orleans. The protesters then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it into the water. The destruction is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy or with links to slavery as the country grapples with widespread protests against police brutality toward African Americans. (Twitter via AP)

New Orleans protesters pull down bust, throw it in river

Jun. 13, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Protesters Saturday tore down a bust of a slave owner who left part of his fortune to New Orleans' schools and then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it down the banks into the water. The destruction is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy...

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence steps away from the microphone after speaking Saturday, June 13, 2020, in Clemson, S.C., during a protest rally over the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Clemson football players lead march on campus

Jun. 13, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Members of Clemson football team lead demonstration on campus. — Bust of slave owner torn down, thrown in river in New Orleans. — Protesters gather at Lee monument in Virginia's capital. — Authorities investigating death of black man found hanging from tree in...

A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Cristobal to merge with new storm system after lashing South

Jun. 8, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system coming from the west to form one giant cyclone, forecasters say. After drenching much of the South, forecasters now expect the remnants of Cristobal to bring fierce winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms to much of the...

A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Tropical storm crashes onto US Gulf Coast amid flood threat

Jun. 8, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lopsided Tropical Storm Cristobal came ashore Sunday in Louisiana and ginned up dangerous weather much farther east, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida. Cristobal made an afternoon landfall between...

Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Cristobal regains tropical storm force on track to US coast

Jun. 5, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A storm that appears to be headed for the U.S. Gulf Coast regained tropical storm force Friday while drenching southern Mexico and Central America. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Cristobal's maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 45 mph (75 kph) by late...

Protesters who were arrested by police for breaking a curfew during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, sit on a sidewalk as they wait to be taken away in a van on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York. Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Protesters take to NYC streets after curfew

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Protesters take to New York City streets after curfew, again. — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells protesters they...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...