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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham, speaks to reporters during a news conference, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Latest: DC, Atlanta mayors criticize Trump for comments

May. 31, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ WASHINGTON — The mayors of Washington D.C. and Atlanta say President Donald Trump should start showing leadership on race relations following the...

Protesters deal with tear gas in front of Phoenix Police Headquarters Saturday, May 30, in Phoenix, protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody Monday with much of the arrest captured on video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Protesters in Phoenix attack police station, upscale mall

May. 31, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

Phoenix (AP) — Protesters in Phoenix attacked a police station and broke into an upscale mall, turning a day of peaceful protest into a face-off with police. People knelt with their hands up in the streets outside Phoenix police and municipal buildings, chanting, “Hands up, don’t...

A City of Phoenix worker stands near graffiti at a bus stop, Friday, May 29, in Phoenix, in the aftermath of a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody Monday with much of the arrest captured on video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix, Tucson downtown protests appear largely peaceful

May. 31, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

Protesters marched the streets of downtown Phoenix and Tucson Saturday after the cities' leaders implored them to refrain from violence. The marches appeared to be largely peaceful, according to local media reports. On Saturday night, however, Phoenix police had to defend the department's headquarters. Shortly...

Evacuation ordered after brush fire breaks out in Cave Creek

May. 30, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire is burning in the town of Cave Creek, destroying nearly a dozen structures and leading to a mandatory evacuation order. The fire was reported Saturday afternoon and is estimated to be around 750 acres, state forestry officials said. Ten structures have burned and more,...

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2019, file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone at a news conference in Phoenix. A report on traffic enforcement by sheriff's deputies in metro Phoenix during 2019 has found that stops of Hispanic and black drivers were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was required to produce the study as one of the remedies to a 2013 ruling that concluded its officers had racially profiled Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sheriff’s office in Phoenix dogged by racial bias questions

May. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Traffic stops of Hispanic and black drivers in metro Phoenix were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers, according to a report on traffic enforcement by sheriff’s deputies during 2019. The report released Wednesday echoes conclusions from past...

Arizona reports 790 more COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations up

May. 30, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Saturday again reported a large number of additional COVID-19 cases. The Department of Health Services reported 790 additional cases with 18 additional deaths as of Saturday, increasing the total number of cases statewide to 19,255 and the total number of deaths...

Visitors packing Southwest's national forests pose problems

May. 30, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend saw crowds heading into the woods of northern Arizona’s Coconino National Forest. But that was also typical of other May weekends this year, as were the trash and dozens of abandoned campfires that visitors left behind creating health and safety...

First grade teachers, Ellie Morgan, 25, left, Hannah Sprayberry, 28, right, pose for a portrait, and say they are taking around 5 per-cent pay cut on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. With sharp declines in state spending projected because of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, America's more than 13,000 local school systems are wrestling with the likelihood of big budget cuts. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Schools nationwide brace for cuts from new financial crisis

May. 30, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It was during the Great Recession when Catoosa County first shortened its school year, from 180 to 175 instructional days, as it began years of furloughs due to budget cuts. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the next school year will be shorter still, with only 170 classroom days. ...

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The protest started peacefully earlier in the day before demonstrators clashed with police. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests, some violent, spread in wake of George Floyd death

May. 30, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Demonstrators marched, stopped traffic and in some cases lashed out violently at police as protests erupted Friday in dozens of U.S. cities following the killing of George Floyd after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck while taking him into custody in Minnesota. Georgia’s...

Juror issue to be reconsidered in case involving 6 killings

May. 30, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has ordered a trial court to hear evidence and reconsider whether there was juror misconduct prejudicial to a death row inmate during his trial in six killings in Yuma County. The court's order released Friday follows Preston Strong's appeal of his 2017 convictions...