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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2005, file photo, former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holds up the original copy of his dismissal letter he received from then Governor-General Sir John Kerr on Nov. 11, 1975, at a book launch in Sydney, Australia. The High Court's majority decision in historian Jenny Hocking’s appeal on Friday, May 29, 2020 overturned lower court rulings that more than 200 letters between the monarch of Britain and Australia and Governor-General Sir John Kerr before he dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s government were personal and might never be made public. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Australian court rules queen's letters can be made public

May. 29, 2020 3:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between Queen Elizabeth II and her representative that would reveal what knowledge she had, if any, of the dismissal of an Australian government in 1975. The High Court’s 6-1 majority decision in...

Protesters face off with police at the Minneapolis Police Third Precinctt, Thursday, May 28, 2020, after a night of rioting as protests continue over the arrest of George Floyd who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Officer accused in Floyd's death opened fire on 2 people

May. 29, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

A white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck opened fire on two people during his 19-year career and had nearly 20 complaints and two letters of reprimand filed against him. Derek Chauvin, 44, became the focus of street protests and a federal investigation after he was seen in cellphone...

W.Va. man sentenced for stealing guns from sports store

May. 29, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced for stealing two dozen guns from a sporting goods store, federal prosecutors said Thursday. James Evans, 19, was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty late last year, officials said. Evans has admitted to breaking into a...

FILE - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, attorney Harmeet Dhillon speaks during a news conference in San Francisco. The lawyer leading the fight against California's stay-at-home orders has a long history of taking on free speech and civil rights cases. Dhillon has filed more than a dozen lawsuits challenging pieces of Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

GOP lawyer fights California governor on stay-at-home orders

May. 29, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Long before Harmeet Dhillon became the leader of the legal fight against California's stay-at-home order, she was a new elementary school student in North Carolina uncomfortable because she didn't know the Christian prayer her classmates recited every morning. She told her...

Kansas man charged $50K in medical bills after accident

May. 29, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Alvin Letner doesn’t remember signing the form where he promises to pay a medical bill of nearly $50,000 he hadn’t yet seen. Much of that day in July 2019 is a blank for him. A dog ran onto the highway as he and other motorcyclists on a veterans fundraiser rode by. It...

Another effort to free ex-professor accused of murder

May. 28, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former Northwestern University professor charged in the murder of his boyfriend argued Thursday he should be released on $1.5 million bail before trial. Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns last month denied Wyndham Lathem’s request to be released on $1 million so...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, former Columbus Police officer Canyon Boykin, center, is led from the Lowndes County Courthouse in handcuffs while people applaud in Columbus, Miss. The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against Boykin in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. (Luisa Porter/The Commercial Dispatch via AP, File)

Mississippi to drop charge of white ex-cop in man's death

May. 28, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi attorney general said Thursday that a manslaughter charge will be dropped against a white former police officer in the October 2015 shooting death of an African American man because her office reviewed the case and concluded the officer acted in self-defense. The...

In this undated photo provided on Sunday, May 24, 2020, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

US charges North Koreans in $2.5B sanctions-busting scheme

May. 28, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has accused a network of North Korean and Chinese citizens of secretly advancing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by channeling at least $2.5 billion in illicit payments through hundreds of front companies. The indictment, unsealed Thursday in...

FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo Cassius Hudson displays her phone with a photo of her son, Noah McIntyre, held by his father, Mikel McIntyre, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office has released the investigative file on the 2017 shooting of Mikel McIntyre, that concluded the killing was justified, contradicting a county finding that excessive force was used. Deputies fired 28 shots at McIntyre as he ran from them in Rancho Cordova after hurling rocks at deputies, injuring one. The Sacramento Bee says Sheriff Scott Jones released 1,193 documents along with photos and videos. The file was released in the midst of public outcry over the death of another unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody this week in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sacramento County opens file on death of unarmed black man

May. 28, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office has released the investigative file on the 2017 shooting of an unarmed black man that concluded the killing was justified, contradicting a county finding that excessive force was used. Deputies fired 28 shots at Mikel McIntyre as he ran from...

New Mexico will lift many business restrictions on June 1

May. 28, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will allow restaurants, shopping malls and salons to reopen at limited capacity starting on Monday, June 1, as state health regulators relax restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes under a new...