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Former detention officers, nurse charged in suspect's death

Jul. 8, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Five former detention officers and a nurse at a North Carolina jail have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a man died last December, a district attorney said Wednesday. Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill announced the charges at a news conference,...

Tears roll down the face of Vauhxx Booker as he speaks to the hundreds gathered at the Monroe County courthouse, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Bloomington, Ind. Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, says a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” after claiming that he and his friends had trespassed on private property as they gathered at an Indiana lake over the Fourth of July weekend. (Rich Janzaruk/The Herald-Times via AP)

Indiana governor defends officer response to assault report

Jul. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb defended the state's Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday amid criticism that the agency's conservation officers did not adequately respond to the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake last weekend. Holcomb...

Charges dropped against woman struck by officer at airport

Jul. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Criminal charges have been dropped against a Black woman who was struck in the face after yelling at a police officer at Miami International Airport. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges of battery on a...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Bottoms announced Monday, July 6, 2020, that she had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Atlanta mayor to defy governor, require masks in city

Jul. 8, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings. Spokesman Michael Smith said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to sign an order requiring masks,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2019 file photo, New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at her office in New York. New York's attorney general on Thursday, June 18, 2020, blasted the New York City Police Department and the mayor for ignoring repeated invitations to testify at a hearing on allegations that officers used excessive force to quell unrest and enforce a citywide curfew in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIle)

New oversight committee would restore faith in NYPD, AG says

Jul. 8, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James proposed sweeping changes Wednesday to boost oversight of the New York City Police Department, including forming an independent commission that would approve the department's budget and have the final say on officer discipline. “The police...

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

Jul. 8, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday. “I’m outraged today because I’d rather be paying for 8-year-old Secoriea...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1998, file photo, Mary Kay Letourneau listens to testimony during a court hearing in Seattle Letourneau, who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted for raping him, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told news outlets Letourneau died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, of cancer. The former suburban Seattle teacher was arrested in 1997 after she became pregnant with Vili Fualaau's child. She later pleaded guilty to second-degree child rape. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool, File)

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

Jul. 8, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Mary Kay Letourneau, a teacher who married her former sixth-grade student after she was convicted of raping him in a case that drew international headlines, has died. She was 58. Her lawyer David Gehrke told The Associated Press that Letourneau died Monday, not Tuesday as previously...

Kansas man sentenced to 12 years in cruise ship killing

Jul. 8, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for killing his girlfriend by strangling her and pushing her over a balcony on a cruise ship off the coast of Florida. Eric Newman, 55, of Topeka, also was sentenced to five years of supervised release during a hearing...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico mandates police body cameras in wake of protests

Jul. 8, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will require that all state and local police officers wear body cameras in response to concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The reforms apply to local and state law enforcement officers with...