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A member of the National Guard stands guard in front of the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building in Philadelphia, Pa., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Lawyer: Mom, child trapped in crowd when police smashed car

Oct. 30, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials plan to release the police body camera footage Wednesday of the encounter that led officers to fatally shoot Walter Wallace Jr., the latest in a line of police killings of Black people to roil the U.S. this year. The announcement came as National Guard soldiers...

Omari Barksdale is shown in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. As millions of Americans cast their ballots in the final days before the election, a convergence of three unprecedented, simultaneous national crises has led many to believe this presidential election is a referendum on race relations in America. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Election emerges as referendum on race relations in America

Oct. 30, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Every day feels like a raw wound for Omari Barksdale. His sister, Laneeka Barksdale, died of COVID-19 in late March in Detroit — and since then, so have more than 228,000 Americans. Many were Black Americans whose communities were disproportionately devastated by the virus. Omari...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Court majorities are at stake beyond Washington, D.C., as voters chose justices for state supreme courts that have been thrust into politicized clashes over voter access and the emergency powers of governors fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, wants to flip control of the state’s Republican-majority high court .(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Election 2020 Today: Biden in Iowa, Trump packs in thousands

Oct. 30, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Friday in Election 2020, four days until Election Day: ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Michigan and Wisconsin; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will travel to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin; Vice President Mike Pence will be in Arizona; Biden’s running...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, A Walmart logo is attached to the outside of a Walmart store in Walpole, Mass. Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest” in some areas. The nation’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas,  sell firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Walmart removes guns, ammunition on display at U.S. stores

Oct. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing “civil unrest" in some areas. The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores. “We have seen some isolated civil...

A demonstrator raises a fist near Philadelphia police in Philadelphia, late Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace Jr., a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man's death

Oct. 29, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police pledged to release 911 tapes and police body camera footage “in the near future” in the shooting death of a Black man with a history of mental health problems, a death that prompted protests, widespread vandalism and an overnight curfew days before...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 28, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 27 The Los Angeles Times on the Dodgers' World Series win: For the second time in this strange and awful year, Los Angeles has found a reason to cheer. The World Series championship won by the Dodgers on Tuesday night is its first in 32...

Virginia governor signs criminal justice and police reforms

Oct. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday signed more than a dozen criminal justice and police reform laws, including a ban on no-knock search warrants, limitations on the use of neck restraints and changes that make it easier to decertify police officers for misconduct. The legislation was...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Tarrant County Jail shows Aaron Dean. A judge in Texas has tentatively set an August 2021 trial date for the former Fort Worth police officer charged with murder for the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean is accused of opening fire through a window and killing Jefferson, a Black woman who had been babysitting her young nephew.  (Tarrant County Jail via AP)

Ex-Texas officer's trial set for next year in woman's death

Oct. 28, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A judge in Texas has tentatively set an August trial date for a white former police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson, a Black woman who was fatally shot through a window. Judge David Hagerman on Tuesday said the scheduling may be fluid but...

Protesters confront police during a march Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 in Philadelphia. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in West Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, a Black man who was killed by police in Philadelphia on Monday. Police shot and killed the 27-year-old on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia victim's family sought ambulance, not police

Oct. 27, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said Tuesday. Police said Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and...

Honolulu police offer no details in power abuse discipline

Oct. 27, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police conducted an administrative investigation after an officer was accused of arresting a 15-year-old by who had a personal dispute with the officer's son, a department spokeswoman said. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said Officer Kirk Uemura and his supervisor were disciplined...