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Portland jail inmates sue over protest tear gas exposure

Nov. 23, 2020 7:58 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several people who were in a Portland jail during summer protests against police brutality have filed a civil rights lawsuit over tear gas seeping into jail cells. Theresa Davis, Rashawd Duhart and Robin Lundy filed the class-action suit Monday in federal court on behalf of dozens of...

Oregon governor puts National Guard on standby for election

Nov. 2, 2020 2:55 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday put the National Guard on standby for a 48-hour period around Election Day and used her executive authority to activate a unified command of state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Portland police to handle any protests. Portland has seen near...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Analysis: La. session yields no unemployment fund solution

Nov. 1, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Before they wrapped up their special session, Louisiana lawmakers gave a short-term infusion of cash to the state's bankrupt unemployment trust fund, while sidestepping any decisions on how to return the fund to long-term stability and solvency in the coronavirus pandemic. Instead,...

Portland, Oregon law enforcement prepare for election unrest

Oct. 29, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon said Thursday they are prepared for potential unrest on Election Day and beyond in Oregon's largest city and also around the state. Portland has been the site of near-nightly protests against racial injustice and police brutality that have...

Tony Spell, pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church, leaves East Baton Rouge Parish jail after posting bond in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Louisiana authorities arrested the pastor on an assault charge on Tuesday after he admitted that he drove his church bus toward a man who has been protesting his decision to hold mass gatherings in defiance of public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Senators stall bill prohibiting emergency rules on churches

Oct. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A proposal to keep Louisiana's emergency orders from governing churches and to upend prosecution of a pastor who violated Gov. John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions was narrowly shelved Wednesday by state senators. A Senate judiciary committee voted 3-2 to kill the bill by Oil...

Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, center, gestures as he talks with Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, left, the governor's chief budget adviser, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, right, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The three men, all members of the Revenue Estimating Conference, spoke ahead of the conference's meeting. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Oct. 20, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The steep drop in Louisiana's unemployment trust fund balance during the coronavirus outbreak won't trigger a decline in benefits for jobless workers or tax hikes on businesses, state lawmakers have decided. The House unanimously gave final passage Tuesday to a package of measures...

Crystal Williams-Coleman, president of the Guardian Civic League, talks to reporters during a press conference, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Philadelphia. Public servants, firefighters, paramedics, emergency responders and a diverse group of law enforcement professionals denounced the Fraternal Order of Police and Local 22 for not listening to the concerns of the dues paying union members when endorsing President Donald J. Trump for re-election. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements

Oct. 18, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism — but a number of Black law enforcement officers are speaking out against these endorsements, saying their...

Volunteers distribute food to recipients at the Giving Hope Food Pantry during a food giveaway, which was organized by City Councilmember Cindi Nguyen, in New Orleans, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The effort is to assist people who have lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana senators grapple with unemployment fund bankruptcy

Oct. 6, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana senators Tuesday began moving legislation to keep the bankruptcy of the state unemployment trust fund from triggering business tax hikes and a drop in benefits for jobless workers during the coronavirus outbreak. But lawmakers and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards still...

El presidente Donald Trump y el candidato presidencial demócrata y ex vicepresidente Joe Biden participan en el primer debate presidencial la noche del martes 29 de septiembre de 2020, en Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vía AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions from a week of wild disruption

Oct. 3, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis Friday cut short the week's political arguing and even quieted his Twitter account for a time. But the wild presidential debate produced plenty of distortions in the campaign for the election a month away. Here's a review: HEALTH INSURANCE...

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News listens as President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: False claims swamp first Trump-Biden debate

Sep. 30, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing....