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The Latest: US Cardinal at Vatican to lead prayer for Floyd

Jun. 4, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Russia urges US to respect right to protest. — Gov. Cuomo: Police in NYC ambush have tough job. — Minn Gov. Walz...

Florida St football team meets after coach accused of lying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

Florida State athletic director David Coburn says the football team met Thursday after a star player accused coach Mike Norvell of lying about connecting personally last weekend with every player to discuss the killing of George Floyd and protests against racial injustice. Coburn was making a scheduled appearance...

FILE - In this July 15, 2018, file photo, Jason Priestley waves the green flag to start an IndyCar auto race in Toronto. The stars of IndyCar were in Florida preparing to start their season when the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on those plans 48 hours before the green flag.  Almost three months later, the series is finally set to go racing.  The 2020 season will open Saturday night, June 6, 2020, at Texas Motor Speedway in NBC's first ever primetime IndyCar race. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

IndyCar ready to race after pandemic delayed start of season

Jun. 4, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

The stars of IndyCar were in Florida preparing to start their season when the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on those plans 48 hours before the green flag. Almost three months later, the series is finally set to go racing. The 2020 season will open Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway in NBC's first...

Florida officer on leave after pressing knee into man's neck

Jun. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer pressed his knee into the neck of a handcuffed black man a week before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a bystander's video released this week shows - a release that has prompted a departmental investigation and the officer being placed on leave. Two...

In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, signs about social distancing and other protocols are seen about the theme park as guests walk by at Universal Orlando Resort Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The theme park reopened for season pass holders and will open to the general public on Friday, June 5. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Universal takes first steps reviving Orlando theme park biz

Jun. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With masks on their faces and temperature checks at entrances, Harry Potter fans and roller coaster lovers streamed back into Universal Orlando Resort this week in one of the first major steps toward reviving Florida’s theme park industry, which was left temporarily moribund by...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 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. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Protesters march through the streets over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Miami. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida officer who shoved protester was reviewed over force

Jun. 3, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A police officer who was suspended for pushing a kneeling black woman to the ground at a George Floyd demonstration in Florida has been under review numerous times for pointing guns and using force on suspects, and at least once for racial profiling, a review of his personnel files shows. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga poses during an NCAA college football media day in Stillwater Okla. Oklahoma State University officials said Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that  three returning student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 although they were not showing symptoms. Among them is OSU linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, who said on Twitter he tested positive for the virus after he attended a protest in Tulsa. The 21-year-old Ogbongbemiga says he protected himself during the protest. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The Latest: Detroit Pistons set to reopen practice facility

Jun. 3, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Pistons are set to reopen their practice facility, starting Thursday. The Pistons announced that the team’s performance center will enter its first phase of reopening, for voluntary, individual workouts....

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Minnesota United's Ethan Finlay (13) and Angelo Rodriguez, rear left, celebrate Finlay's goal against FC Dallas in the first half of an MLS soccer match in Frisco, Texas. Major League Soccer and its players' union reached an agreement that paves the way for a summer tournament in Florida after the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal was announced by the Major League Soccer Players Association early Wednesday, June 3, 2020, following tense talks that led to some players skipping voluntary workouts and the league threatening a lockout. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

MLS, players reach new labor deal, to resume with tournament

Jun. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

Major League Soccer and its players' union agreed to a six-year labor contract through 2025 that paves the way for a tournament in Florida after the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic. The deal was announced Wednesday following tense talks that led to some players skipping voluntary workouts and the...