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Demonstrators gather at a rally to peacefully protest and demand an end to institutional racism and police brutality, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Floyd to be eulogized in Minneapolis memorial, first of 3

Jun. 4, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mourners converged in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of a memorials to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked protests around the world against racial injustice. The afternoon event was set for North Central University, where the civil rights...

After protests, Northam orders removal of iconic Lee statue

Jun. 4, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will be removed “as soon as possible” from Richmond's Monument Avenue, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday. The statue, which sits on state property, will be moved to storage while Northam's administration works...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Prosecutors describe racial slur as Ahmaud Arbery lay dying

Jun. 4, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Evidence revealed in court Thursday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery alleges that the young black man was repeatedly boxed in by two pickup trucks as he desperately tried to escape. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent says a white man then shot him in the chest, the first of three...

Investigator: White man who shot Ahmaud Arbery was heard saying racial slur over the young black man's body

Jun. 4, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Investigator: White man who shot Ahmaud Arbery was heard saying racial slur over the young black man's body.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 file photo, the Rev. Dwight McKissic poses for a portrait in the sanctuary of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. In late May 2020, he recorded a fiery, 4-minute statement that he aired on social media, denouncing the police actions that have cost Floyd and other blacks their lives. “America now has seen exactly what black America has been knowing for a couple of hundred years,” he said. “No one can now say that racism is a myth.” (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

Jun. 4, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their skills. For weeks, they had been striving to comfort their congregations amid a pandemic taking a disproportionately heavy toll on African-Americans. Then came a coast-to-coast upsurge of racial...

A man passes a bank burned during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. A widely-seen video of a white police officer pushing the black man was taken after the officer stopped him for smoking on a trolley platform, authorities said Wednesday, providing additional details on what led to widespread damage during a protest days later. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California officials praise more peaceful protesting

Jun. 4, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities have praised the thousands of peaceful protesters who thronged streets around the state while announcing criminal charges against more than 100 people accused of looting and violence. Police in the San Francisco Bay Area said a break-in suspect was killed when...

In this image made from video provided by the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo signs a bill giving death benefits to the families of certain government workers who were killed by coronavirus, Saturday, May 30, 2020 in New York. (Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

The Latest: Gov. Cuomo: Police in NYC ambush have tough job

Jun. 4, 2020 10:59 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: — Minn Gov. Walz sends National Guard to western border. — Minneapolis officials estimate damage at $55 million, ask aid to...

This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms, from left, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lost jobs over social media statements that seemed like a good idea at the time have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests against racism and police brutality with the backdrop of a pandemic have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain among the employed. (AP Photo)

Ill-considered posts lead to lost jobs amid protests, crisis

Jun. 4, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A writer from a “Law & Order" spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found too incendiary or insensitive, highlighting an apparent surge in such...

Virginia paid $60K to settle suit against Radford University

Jun. 4, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has paid $60,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a former administrator at Radford University. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that the suit was filed in 2019 by Ebenezer Kolajo. The 67-year-old is a former assistant provost for...

Alaska police chief placed on leave over social media posts

Jun. 4, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city has suspended its police chief following public complaints about a 2018 social media post in which he described the Black Lives Matter movement as a “hate group.” Palmer Police Department Chief Dwayne Shelton also posted a message that seemed to...