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FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American and white applications, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Feds say Yale discriminates against Asian, white applicants

Aug. 13, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. Yale denied the allegation, calling it “meritless” and...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Sheneen McClain speaks during a rally and march over the death of her son, Elijah McClain, outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Police face new lawsuit, probes after Elijah McClain's death

Aug. 11, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A police department in suburban Denver faced a new set of investigations and legal problems Tuesday as scrutiny mounts over the death last year of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by officers, and other run-ins with people of color. McClain's parents sued the...

Helbachs Coffee Roasters and Kitchen in Middleton, Wis., pictured Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Casey Helbach, the owner of the business, is suing local officials over an ordinance requiring the wearing of face coverings inside businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus. elbachs Coffee Roasters and Kitchen filed the lawsuit Monday, Aug. 11, in Dane County Circuit Court against the city, county and local officials who attempted to enforce the mask ban.  (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Madison-area coffee shop sues over local mask order

Aug. 11, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coffee shop in a suburb of Madison that declared itself a “mask-free zone” is suing local officials over an ordinance requiring the wearing of face coverings inside businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, saying their free speech rights were violated. Helbachs...

FILE - This May 4, 2020 file photo released by the Venezuelan Miraflores presidential press office shows what Venezuelan authorities identify as the I.D. cards of former U.S. special forces citizen Airan Berry, right, and Luke Denman, left, in Caracas, Venezuela. The two former Green Berets were arrested in May 2020 while participating in a botched raid organized from neighboring Colombia to oust Maduro. (Miraflores Palace presidential press office via AP, File)

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

Aug. 8, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a blunder-filled beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro. Lawyers for the former Green Berets, Luke Denman and Airan Berry, said they were...

A patient infected with the new coronavirus is transferred from an ambulance onto a stretcher at the National Hospital emergency entrance in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

Man sues police over arrest after video contradicts report

Aug. 5, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Worcester man has sued the city police department after video of his arrest at a beer garden last year contradicted the police account of the incident. Christopher Ayala-Melendez’s federal lawsuit filed this month alleges excessive force by police, malicious...

In this booking photo made available Thursday, June 18, 2020 by the Fulton County, Ga., Sheriff's Office, shows Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe. Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction, was charged with felony murder and 10 other charges. Rolfe was fired after the shooting. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Former officer who shot Rayshard Brooks sues over firing

Aug. 5, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks is suing the mayor and interim police chief, saying his firing violated his constitutional rights and the city code. Meanwhile, prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke his bond. Garrett Rolfe was fired June 13, the day after...

Washington lawsuit says protective gear costs impede protest

Aug. 4, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Washington state claims the costs of protective clothing and equipment has impeded the civil rights of Black Lives Matter protesters. The lawsuit filed by five plaintiffs in U.S. District Court in Seattle alleges their right to peacefully demonstrate is hurt by the need to...

3 Arkansas men reach settlement in mall shooting case

Aug. 4, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The three men who filed a lawsuit over a 2011 shooting by an off-duty police officer working security at a Little Rock mall have reached a settlement in the case, but the details of the agreement haven’t been released. Christopher Johannes shot at driver Joseph Williams and...

Minnesota Lynx players lock arms during a moment of silence in honor of Breonna Taylor before a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Experts: Obstacles to charging police in Breonna Taylor case

Aug. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Despite mounting public pressure to file criminal charges nearly five months after Breonna Taylor's death, prosecutors may face significant obstacles to bringing homicide-related charges against police officers who were shot at when sent to her house with a warrant, legal experts...