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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, file photo, Richard Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, speaks during a news conference in his office, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff Thursday, July 2, 2020, that he is leaving his post for a job at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, and will become the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Brooklyn's US attorney tapped for Justice Department role

Jul. 2, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn is leaving his post for a job at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told his staff Thursday that he will become the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A....

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019, file photo, the Bayer logo shines at night at the main chemical plant of German Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. The German pharmaceutical company announced Wednesday, June 24, 2020, it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Monsanto to pay $95M over PCB pollution in Washington state

Jun. 24, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit that blamed it for pervasive pollution from PCBs — toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The announcement Wednesday...

Crew members of a Russian cargo ship take a bus to hospital for their treatment as quarantine officers wearing protective gears stand at the Gamcheon Port in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. South Korea said it was testing more than a hundred workers at the southern port of Busan following a virus outbreak among crew members of a Russian cargo ship. (Cho Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: SKorea continues upward trend in new infections

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported 51 additional cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a continuation of an upward trend in new infections. The figures released Wednesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the country’s total to 12,535 with 281 deaths. It...

In this photo taken Wednesday, June 17, 2020, a sign declares off the highway in Yakima, Wash., declares the city the

Virus is taking big toll on farm county in Washington state

Jun. 22, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Fruit warehouse worker Armida Rivera says her days in Yakima County, Washington, are filled with the fear of getting the coronavirus. Sean Gilbert worries about the threat to his family's century-old orchard business in the county. And Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is struggling to help...

FILE - In this March 28, 2011, file photo, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Patrick A. McCarran of Nevada, left, stands near the entrance to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic members of Nevada's congressional delegation are renewing a proposal to remove a statute of a former Nevada Sen. McCarran from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, saying that he left a “legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Nevada officials seek removal of McCarran statue

Jun. 20, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Nevada officials renew proposal to remove statue of McCarran. — Sharpton takes on Trump for ‘lowlifes’ tweet. — Protesters in North Carolina pull down parts of Confederate monument. — Legend, Union among Black cultural leaders to sign letter to fight...

People stand outside a Western Union in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Cuba, Friday, June 12, 2020. Fincimex is a Cuban state corporation that works with foreign credit-card and money-transfer businesses and handles remittances sent to Cuba through Western Union by families in Cuban-American communities around the U.S. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)

Trump policy change frightens Cubans, shows Washington chaos

Jun. 12, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A week and a half ago, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a strongly worded announcement that the Trump administration was prohibiting business with Fincimex, a Cuban state corporation that works with foreign credit card and money transfer businesses, among others. Many ordinary...

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, left, listens to activist Raz Simone as they talk near a plywood-covered and closed Seattle police precinct Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Under pressure from city councilors, protesters and dozens of other elected leaders who have demanded that officers dial back their tactics, the police department on Monday removed barricades near its East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where protesters and riot squads had faced off nightly. Protesters were allowed to march and demonstrate in front of the building, and the night remained peaceful. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Police want to return to shuttered precinct amid protests

Jun. 11, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police say they are looking to reopen a precinct in the city’ Capitol Hill neighborhood that was shuttered during ongoing George Floyd protests. At a news conference Wednesday, Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette said barriers were removed from the front of the precinct after it...

A worker moves new fencing into position on a street outside a Seattle police precinct Monday, June 8, 2020, in Seattle, where protests continued the night before over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Just days after Seattle's mayor and police chief promised a month-long moratorium on using a type of tear gas to disperse protesters, the department used it again. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle council members protest after tear gas used on crowd

Jun. 9, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Just days after Seattle's mayor and police chief promised a month-long moratorium on using a type of tear gas to disperse protesters, the department used it again during an overnight demonstration, bringing severe criticism Monday from City Council members, vows to overhaul the department...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...

Protesters who were arrested by police for breaking a curfew during a solidarity rally calling for justice over the death of George Floyd, sit on a sidewalk as they wait to be taken away in a van on Thursday, June 4, 2020, in New York. Floyd, an African American man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Protesters take to NYC streets after curfew

Jun. 5, 2020 12:03 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: — Protesters take to New York City streets after curfew, again. — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tells protesters they...