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A group of individuals, some armed, talk near an entrance to the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg National Military Park on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pa. Since their birth in the mid-1990s, groups calling themselves constitutional militia have primarily stayed hidden, but this year, they're out — fully armed — to patrol demonstrations or rally at the state capital demanding reopening of businesses during the pandemic.  (Dan Rainville/York Daily Record via AP)

Militias say they protect rights, critics call it a sham.

Sep. 12, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Bob Gardner packed up his military gear and firearms on the Fourth of July and headed south to Gettysburg for a battle. The commanding officer of the PA Light Foot Militia would join hundreds of his brothers in militias from across Pennsylvania to protect the hallowed ground from...

A pedestal that held a statue of Robert E. Lee stands empty outside a high school named for the Confederate general in Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Four people were charged with criminal mischief after someone removed the statue amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Across South, a push to change Confederate school names

Aug. 31, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Trude Lamb is a standout cross country runner at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas, but the name on her jersey is a sharp reminder of a man “who didn’t believe people like me were 100% human.” The sophomore, originally from Ghana, told the school board...

President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Civil rights group pushes back at GOP condemnation

Aug. 24, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican National Committee delegates approved a resolution condemning the Southern Poverty Law Center, calling the legal advocacy group dedicated to fighting extremism “a far-left organization with an obvious bias.” The resolution was approved over the weekend ahead of...

Marja Broussard, center, president of the Lafayette chapter of the NAACP, walks down Evangline Thruway with others demanding justice for Trayford Pellerin, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Lafayette, La. Pellerin was shot and killed by Lafayette police officers while armed with a knife the night before. (Brad Kemp/The Advocate via AP)

Aunt, grandmother came on fatal shooting scene by chance

Aug. 23, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An aunt and the grandmother of a Black man who was shot by police in Louisiana arrived on the scene by chance, as they drove home from a day out. Choicey Pellerin, Trayford Pellerin’s aunt, said that she and her mother saw lots of blue lights and police Friday night. Just as her...

Protesters take to the street and block traffic at the intersection of Willow Street and Evangeline Thruway after a vigil held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Lafayette, La., for 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin, who was shot and killed by Lafayette police officers while armed with a knife the night before. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

Police shoot, kill Black man outside store in Louisiana

Aug. 22, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The mother of a man fatally shot by Louisiana police said her son was intelligent, shy and had sought therapy for social anxiety. Her lawyers said they plan to sue over the death of Trayford Pellerin, who police said had a knife and was trying to enter a convenience store. The...