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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...

A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

Jun. 4, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that the Philippines is not going through unrest like America, which would make the coronavirus quarantine enforcement formidable. Duterte made the remarks during a...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, is greeted by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees at the end of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. As athletes and sports organizations around the world speak out against racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Drew Brees drew sharp criticism after he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

Saints' Brees takes first step toward mending relationships

Jun. 4, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees now realizes he'd fallen out of touch. His contemporaries drove that home when they pilloried him this week for repeating a long-held conviction he'd always felt comfortable expressing. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Brees repeated his opposition to...

Edwards declares emergency in Louisiana because of Cristobal

Jun. 4, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal appeared poised to strike Louisiana as early as this weekend. “While it is still too early to know for sure what impact Cristobal could have on Louisiana, now is the time...

Closed businesses are seen on Bourbon Street due to the coronavirus pandemic, in New Orleans, Friday, April 24, 2020. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana loosens virus restrictions; bars can reopen Friday

Jun. 4, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly three months after they were closed because of the coronavirus, Louisiana's bars, spas and tattoo shops can begin restarting operations Friday, as the state continues to loosen its virus-related restrictions. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the latest restrictions Thursday,...

Black university calls for Jeff Davis Parkway to be renamed

Jun. 4, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nation's only historically black Catholic university is bordered by a highway named for the Confederacy's president — and it wants that changed. Two New Orleans City Council members said they support a request from trustees of Xavier University of Louisiana and local...

Louisiana public defenders request $28M amid court closures

Jun. 4, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public defenders asked state lawmakers Thursday for millions in stopgap aid to offset dollars they've lost to defend the poor because of court closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The defenders of indigent people who can't afford their own lawyers pleaded their...

New Orleans police wait for marchers making their way up the on-ramp of the Crescent City Connection bridge on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

New Orleans police defend tear gas use during bridge protest

Jun. 4, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tear gas was deployed against protesters during a late night encounter in New Orleans only after demonstrators tried to forcibly cross police lines on an approach to a Mississippi River bridge, the police chief said Thursday. Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson began a Thursday news...

Horse racing returns to Louisiana's Acadiana region

Jun. 4, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The 2020 Evangeline Downs horse racing season opens Friday, almost three months later than originally scheduled. Because of the delayed start, Evangeline Downs' racing schedule will only include 50 days instead of the planned 84 days. The summer meet is still scheduled to end...

21-year-old Lousiana man charged with slaying 2 relatives

Jun. 4, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — A 21-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his grandfather and godmother, according to authorities. Detrick Guillory was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office said in a statement Thursday. Deputies...