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Church: California city violated its rights during pandemic

Oct. 29, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When other church leaders protested coronavirus shutdown orders, saying they were following the word of the Lord, pastor Joe Garcia said he followed the word of the law. He held services online for months during coronavirus restrictions and later his Pentecostal flock socially distanced...

New Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum

Oct. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders have voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia in a binding referendum.
A person is handcuffed and detained by police at 55th and Pine Street, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia, after the citywide curfew had passed, two days after Walter Wallace Jr. was killed by police officers. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Police who shot Wallace were improperly trained, family says

Oct. 29, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The footage from body-worn cameras that was taken as police responded to a call about Walter Wallace Jr. shows him emerging from a house with a knife as relatives shout at officers about his mental health condition, a lawyer for the man's family said Thursday. The video also shows...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally outside Raymond James Stadium, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Tampa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Trump meets with rap star Lil Wayne in Florida

Oct. 29, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has met with rap star Lil Wayne at his resort in Doral, Florida. The artist posted a tweet on Thursday praising the president for his efforts at “criminal justice reform” and other...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In pre-recorded remarks Wednesday to a business conference taking place in Vietnam, Pompeo says the U.S. energy firm AES and PetroVietnam plan to soon sign an agreement on a $2.8 billion liquefied natural gas project. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Pompeo wraps up anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam

Oct. 29, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U,S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is wrapping up an anti-China tour of Asia in Vietnam as the fierce American presidential election race enters its final stretch. With just four days left in the campaign in which China has been a central theme, Pompeo was visiting Hanoi on Friday...

Woman sent to prison over powder-filled letter to Collins

Oct. 29, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

BANGOR, (AP) — A woman convicted of mailing a letter containing powder to the Maine home of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker imposed the sentence on Suzanne Muscara, 38, of Burlington, Maine. Muscara was convicted of mailing a...

Colorado jury convicts man in killing of sheriff's deputy

Oct. 29, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado jury on Thursday convicted a man in the killing of a sheriff's deputy in 2018. Dreion Dearing, 24, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder and felony murder of a peace officer. Dearing also was...

Police work behind a restricted zone near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

Oct. 29, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The attack in...

Providence city officials call to hire 50 police officers

Oct. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence and other city officials announced support to hire 50 new police officers next year after previously discussing reducing or canceling the police academy. Mayor Jorge Elorza questioned in July whether the city needed more officers or if those funds should be...

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...