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FILE - In this April 9, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom listens to a reporter's question during his daily news briefing in Rancho Cordova, Calif. At his briefing Friday, May 29, 2020, Newsom gave a powerful statement on the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Newsom recounted how the death of Floyd in police custody in Minnesota impacted his four young children. Newsom said his kids broke down and cried as they struggled to understand how

An emotional Gov. Newsom talks privilege, race amid protests

May. 29, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's four young children thrust a cell phone into his face as he got out of his car, demanding he watch a video of a black man pleading with a white police officer in Minnesota to take his knee off his neck so he could breathe. Newsom's 10-year old...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020, photo, Fontana police, along with other law enforcement agencies, work on Sierra Avenue in Fontana, Calif., following a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Violence erupted Thursday night in Fontana as about 100 people moved up and down a thoroughfare and blocked traffic. Police say an unlawful assembly was declared and the crowd was ordered to disperse but some persisted. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)

Hundreds block Silicon Valley highway over Floyd killing

May. 29, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of people marched through the capital of Silicon Valley and temporarily shut down a five-lane section of highway Friday to protest the killing of an African American man by a white Minneapolis police officer. Video footage from KGO-TV showed vehicles at a virtual standstill...

Demonstrators protest in Centennial Olympic Park, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Atlanta. Protests were organized in cities around the United States following the death of George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Protests over George Floyd's death spread across the nation

May. 29, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

Developments across the United States in connection with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody: ___ ATLANTA — A police car has been set on fire in Atlanta, where protesters were using barricades to break the windows of cruisers while others were jumping on the vehicles and shattering...

Cleaning crew members, Rosalinda Venado, top, cleans and disinfects the center throughout the day, and after-hours, with a focus on high-touch, high-traffic surfaces while using a strong disinfectant at the Beverly Center shopping mall in Los Angeles Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles expands reopening; Newsom says state is prepared

May. 29, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s 10 million residents joined much of the rest of California in welcoming back restaurant dining and haircuts Friday, moves Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged would help fuel an increase in coronavirus cases that he said the state is now well positioned to handle....

A member of the Minnesota National Guard stands guard by the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Friday, May 29, 2020. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that he asked the Minnesota National Guard to be responsible for the safety of the State Capitol. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

The Latest: US agency calls back drone it sent to Minnesota

May. 29, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says it dispatched a drone to Minneapolis following three nights of violent protests there but ended...

California to vote on business tax hike worth up to $12B

May. 29, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters in November will decide whether to increase property taxes on commercial and industrial land to raise up to an estimated $12 billion annually for public schools and city halls across the state. The ballot measure contest will pit big city mayors and pro-labor...

Louis Sheldon, anti-gay Christian group founder, dies at 85

May. 29, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, who founded the Traditional Values Coalition, a lobbying group that was largely known for opposing homosexuality and gay rights, died Friday. He was 85. Sheldon, a former Anaheim resident, died in Southern California of a longstanding condition, son-in-law...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Aldon Smith cools off during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Oakland, Calif. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death in 2019, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a handle on issues with alcohol, getting in shape and ultimately earning reinstatement nearly five years after he was banished over multiple legal problems. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Aldon Smith says he's better man, seeks revival with Cowboys

May. 29, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith had already been suspended from the NFL several years when his ailing grandmother implored him to change his life before she died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. That conversation, and her death last year, were catalysts for Smith trying to get a handle on...

FILE - In this April 26, 2019 file photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden rides in a car after appearing on ABC's

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 29, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Video appears to show presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Jesus Navarro, left center, wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

At least 15 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

May. 29, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 15 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and...