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Demonstrators gather at a rally to peacefully protest and demand an end to institutional racism and police brutality, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Protests large but peaceful after new charges in Floyd case

Jun. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Demonstrations across the U.S. to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but mostly without the violence of previous nights on the eve of a Thursday memorial service for George Floyd that kicks off a series of events to mourn the man whose death empowered a national movement. ...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Juan Santos stocks shelves at the Presidente Supermarket in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  The U.S. government is set to issue its latest report on the layoffs that have left millions unemployed but have steadily slowed as many businesses have begun to reopen and to rehire some laid-off workers.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

Jun. 4, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many employers are still cutting jobs even as the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the pace of layoffs. The total number of people who are receiving jobless aid rose slightly to 21.5...

FILE - This March 19, 2020, file photo provided courtesy of the White family, shows U.S. Navy veteran Michael White in Mashhad, Iran. White, a Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years, has been released and is on his way home as part of an unusual agreement to free an Iranian-American physician who was prosecuted in the United States, U.S. officials said Thursday, June 4. (Courtesy of the White Family via AP)

Detained US Navy veteran freed by Iran, en route home

Jun. 4, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy veteran detained in Iran for nearly two years has been released and is on his way home aboard a Swiss government aircraft, U.S. officials said Thursday. The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, flew to Zurich with a doctor to meet freed detainee Michael White and will accompany...

Demonstrators lie face down depicting George Floyd during his detention by police during a protest against police brutality on Boston Common, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Floyd, an African American, 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/Steven Senne)

8:46: A number becomes a potent symbol of police brutality

Jun. 4, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All protest movements have slogans. George Floyd's has a number: 8:46 Eight minutes, 46 seconds is the length of time prosecutors say Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer's knee before he died last week. In the days since,...

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Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

Jun. 4, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy all but snuffed out in mainland...

In this Monday, May 25, 2020 photo a person walks past a storm drain with discarded gloves and other trash in Philadelphia. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in Philadelphia had experienced clogs from face masks, gloves and wipes residents had pitched into the potty, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Epidemic of wipes and masks plague sewers, storm drains

Jun. 4, 2020 1:55 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water...

Social distancing guidelines on the floor by train departure information screens to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Waterloo station, London, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Waterloo station, which is wide recognised as the busiest train station in Britain, is still much quieter than normal as most commuters are working from home and not commuting into central London offices. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is hosting a vaccine summit Thursday, hoping to raise billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries and to discuss how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations and the...

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The Latest: Brazil reports highest 1-day virus death toll

Jun. 4, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has reported another 1,349 COVID-19 deaths, the largest 24-hour increase to the country's coronavirus death toll since its outbreak began. The Health Ministry delayed release of the data until 10:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, after the country’s widely watched evening news...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, is greeted by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at the end of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. As athletes and sports organizations around the world speak out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Drew Brees drew sharp criticism after he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

Brees says he 'completely missed the mark' in flag comments

Jun. 4, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees apologized Thursday for comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, drawing sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and...

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Las Vegas reopens from historic coronavirus casino closure

Jun. 4, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The casino coronavirus closure has ended. Cards are being dealt, dice are rolling and slot machines flashed and jingled for the first customers who started gambling again early Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. “The past few months have presented our city with an...

Social distancing guidelines on the floor by train departure information screens to help stop the spread of coronavirus in Waterloo station, London, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Waterloo station, which is wide recognised as the busiest train station in Britain, is still much quieter than normal as most commuters are working from home and not commuting into central London offices. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

Jun. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is hosting a vaccine summit Thursday, hoping to raise billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries and to discuss how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally — and fairly. The United Nations and the...

Wisconsin prisons increase COVID-19 testing, quarantines

Jun. 4, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All prisoners and staff in Wisconsin's 36 adult prisons will be tested for COVID-19 under the state Department of Corrections' plan to resume more normal operations. The new procedures include quarantining new prisoners and transfers for 14 days, the Wisconsin State Journal reported...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Juan Santos stocks shelves at the Presidente Supermarket in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  The U.S. government is set to issue its latest report on the layoffs that have left millions unemployed but have steadily slowed as many businesses have begun to reopen and to rehire some laid-off workers.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

Jun. 4, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that many employers are still cutting jobs even as the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the pace of layoffs. The total number of people who are receiving jobless aid rose slightly to 21.5...

Number of Delaware weekly jobless claims continues to fall

Jun. 4, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The number of initial unemployment claims filed by Delawareans fell again last week to its lowest level since before the coronavirus pandemic struck. The Delaware Department of Labor reported Thursday that 3,052 initial unemployment claims were filed for the week ending May 30....

Iowa unemployment claims fall as economy begins reopening

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of people filing initial unemployment claims in Iowa continued to fall as the state began reopening after taking steps intended to slow spread of the coronavirus, according to state statistics released Thursday. Iowa Workforce Development reported that 6,920 people filed...

Utah boy dies after apparent accidental shooting in home

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

KAMAS, Utah (AP) — A 10-year-old Utah boy died after an apparent accidental shooting on Tuesday, authorities said. The boy was shot in the chest at a home near Kamas, about 44 miles east of Salt Lake City, and died despite deputies efforts to save him, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, signs about social distancing and other protocols are seen about the theme park as guests walk by at Universal Orlando Resort Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday, June 5. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida’s theme park industry, which was left temporarily moribund by...

Summerfest outright canceled after being moved to September

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The lakeside festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people to downtown Milwaukee each summer has canceled the event after earlier moving it to September. Summerfest officials said Thursday that out of an “abundance of caution” for fans, artists, vendors and staff, the...

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019, file photo, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. A statement from Hamdok’s office says deadly tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs in the country's South Darfur province that erupted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and continued into Wednesday have since subsided. (AP Photo, File)

UN moves toward ending UN-AU peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur

Jun. 4, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to move toward ending the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region and replacing it with a civilian mission focusing on the country’s democratic transition. But the council did not set a...