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Reparations advocates ask California governor to veto bill

Sep. 13, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A community organization that pushed to create the first-in-the-nation African American reparations task force in California is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto legislation extending the deadline for the committee to complete its work. The Coalition for a Just...

'Fast & Furious' filming draws protest in LA neighborhood

Aug. 26, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents and supporters protested Friday against the filming of a new "Fast & Furious” movie in a Los Angeles neighborhood where locations that appeared in past installments of the action franchise have drawn illegal racing and street takeovers to the area. ...

Spain leads Europe in monkeypox, struggles to check spread

Aug. 05, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a sex worker and adult film actor, Roc was relieved when he was among the first Spaniards to get a monkeypox vaccine. He knew of several cases among men who have sex with men, which is the leading demographic for the disease, and feared he could be next. ...

Protesters stop construction at Berkeley's People's Park

Aug. 03, 2022 19:17 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A group of protesters broke through an 8-foot (2-meter) chain fence erected Wednesday around Berkeley’s historic People’s Park and faced off with police officers standing guard as a construction crew began work on a controversial student housing project. The work was...

Canadian PM heart-broken over shootings; motive unknown

Jul. 26, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police tried to learn why a man gunned down four people in a Vancouver suburb as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he is broken-hearted over the shootings that left the community shaken. Two people were killed and two were...

Amid spike in shootings, Portland unveils new initiative

Jul. 22, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gripped by gun violence that’s affecting cities across the nation, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Thursday issued a new emergency declaration with the goal of reducing gun killings by at least 10% over the next two years. The initiative directs $2.4...

Gun violence leads community groups to take bolder action

Jul. 19, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Dominique Davis was inside a Seattle-area church one day in March 2021 when a man with a handgun opened fire during a meeting of Community Passageways, a group he founded that works to curb gun violence. The gunman shot 19-year-old Omari Wallace several times before...

People who experienced homelessness help others in Seattle

Jul. 09, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A new program in King County is tapping people who have experienced homelessness in the past to help currently homeless people get off the street. The King County Regional Homelessness Authority hopes the program will get nearly every person living outside downtown into long-term,...