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Police stand guard as protesters rally at the Trump Tower, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Las Vegas, over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

Jun. 2, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors on Monday that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over police brutality that have roiled the nation over the past week. His announcement...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures...

Michigan Democratic chair: Trump supporters are racist

Jun. 1, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The chairwoman of Michigan's Democratic Party said people who support President Donald Trump are racist, saying she will not remain silent because “uncomfortable” conversations must occur amid protests over police killings of George Floyd and other black people. Lavora...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a news conference in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closed

Jun. 1, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved regions...

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies pepper spray a crowd of demonstrators advancing on the Hernando Desoto Bridge in Memphis, Tennessee, early Monday, June 1, 2020, as they protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody May 25, 2020. (Daily Memphian via AP)

Use of force criticized in protests about police brutality

Jun. 1, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

As protests grip the nation, officers have doused crowds with pepper spray, struck protesters with batons, steered police cars into throngs, shoved demonstrators and screamed curses. Some police action has been directed against people smashing windows, breaking into stores and burning cars, but many find other...

Protesters revel after they turned over and ultimately set it ablaze in the 100 block of S. Washington Avenue in downtown Lansing, Mich., Sunday May 31, 2020. The protest against police violence began at 11 AM at the Capitol and was mostly peaceful without incident. Ralliers then walked to the East Lansing Police Department where an ELPD vehicle was extensively damaged. (Matthew Dae SmithLansing State Journal via AP)

Detroit avoids violence; Grand Rapids chief meets protesters

Jun. 1, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit praised police, residents and clergy Monday for preventing the violence that has marred other cities during protests over police abuses and the death of George Floyd. “We decided before we turn to the National Guard we're going to turn to each other,” Mayor...

Ka-ching! Michigan lifting ban on can, bottle returns

Jun. 1, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Load up the trunks! Michigan residents burdened for weeks with bottles and cans can return them again to stores, starting June 15. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had suspended the returns because of the coronavirus. As a result, bottles and cans with 10-cent deposits have been piling up in...

In this Thursday, May 21, 2020, image, Stephanie Byrd, co-owner of The Block, poses for a photo with chairs on the tables while the restaurant is closed due to the coronavirus in Detroit. She’s worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to withstand another wave of economic uncertainty during the pandemic, following decades of inequity that made it hard for many to flourish in the first place. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

Jun. 1, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

Detroit (AP) — Stephanie Byrd agonized over temporarily laying off nearly the entire staff at her family’s trio of Detroit businesses when the coronavirus pandemic hit. But she's not just concerned about the impact on their bottom line. She's worried other black-owned businesses will struggle to...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts Michigan's stay-at-home order and says restaurants can reopen for dine-in service next week

Jun. 1, 2020 2:03 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts Michigan's stay-at-home order and says restaurants can reopen for dine-in service next week.
This photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows Edenville Dam in Beaverton, Mich., Thursday, May 21, 2020, after it was damaged. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Congress demands answers on Michigan's Edenville Dam failure

Jun. 1, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. House committee is investigating the failure of a Michigan dam, giving the state two weeks to respond to a series of detailed questions about inspections and oversight. The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a similar letter to a federal agency that had oversight of the...