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The Latest: US Cardinal at Vatican to lead prayer for Floyd

Jun. 4, 2020 1:00 PM 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: — Russia urges US to respect right to protest. — Gov. Cuomo: Police in NYC ambush have tough job. — Minn Gov. Walz...

Contractor getting $5M bonus for Hanford vitrification plant

Jun. 4, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy has announced it will pay the company building the Hanford vitrification plant $5 million in incentive pay after it received its best performance evaluation in three years for 2019. Bechtel National will receive 64% of the maximum $8 million it was eligible...

Demonstrators march toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle mayor rescinds curfew as Floyd protests continue

Jun. 4, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Leaders in Seattle seeking to address concerns raised by protesters abruptly ended a city-wide curfew in place for days amid massive demonstrations against the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota. Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday evening on Twitter she was ending the...

Seattle vets school options for fall, may return to class

Jun. 4, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle school district says it will soon decide how the next school year will operate given the current coronavirus pandemic. The district moved largely online since it first shut down all buildings on March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Jay Inslee on April 6 issued an emergency...

Demonstrators lie face down depicting George Floyd during his detention by police during a protest against police brutality on Boston Common, on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Floyd, an African American, 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/Steven Senne)

8:46: A number becomes a potent symbol of police brutality

Jun. 4, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All protest movements have slogans. George Floyd's has a number: 8:46 Eight minutes, 46 seconds is the length of time prosecutors say Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer's knee before he died last week. In the days since,...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 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: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

Peaceful protesters fill the intersection in front of Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Huge crowd protests in Seattle as criticism of police mounts

Jun. 3, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A sea of protesters packed streets in Seattle on Wednesday in a sixth straight day of demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd, amid increasing criticism of the police department's repeated use of tear gas and flash-bangs to disperse mostly peaceful crowds. By mid-afternoon thousands...

Death of man in Tacoma police custody caused by restraint

Jun. 3, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that he and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards will push to make sure there is a “full and complete investigation into the death” of Manuel Ellis, who died on March 3 in handcuffs while being restrained on the ground by Tacoma police. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson waits to run onto the field for the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Speaking to the media for the first time since the end of last season, Wilson didn't care to talk about the game that’s helped make him famous. “To be honest with you, I don’t even want to talk about football right now,” Wilson said during a video conference Wednesday, June 3.

Seahawks' Wilson: 'I don't even want to talk about football'

Jun. 3, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Speaking to the media for the first time since the end of last season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn't care to talk about the game that’s helped make him famous. “To be honest with you, I don’t even want to talk about football right now,”...

Six counties have applied to move to Phase 3 of reopening

Jun. 3, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Six counties have applied to move to the third phase of Washington state's four-stage reopening plan that eases COVID-19 restrictions and allows businesses to start to reopen, the governor's office said Wednesday. Mike Faulk, a spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said applications to the...