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Los Angeles Police Department commander Cory Palka stands among several destroyed police cars as one explodes while on fire during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody on Memorial Day in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The Latest: Chicago mayor restricts vehicle, transit access

May. 31, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ Chicago Mayor Lori Lighfoot says access to downtown is restricted to only to residents and essential workers and the National Guard will have a presence in...

Protesters gather in front of Phoenix City Hall, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Phoenix while protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Volunteers clean up after some Arizona protests turn violent

May. 31, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Volunteers were using shovels and brooms on Sunday to clean up broken glass outside at least five stores at an upscale mall in a Phoenix suburb damaged after a day of peaceful marches turned into a night of sometimes violent protests that included vandalism and an attack on a police station....

Cave Creek brush fire chars 1,200 acres; some homes burned

May. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Crews appeared to be getting the upper hand on a brush fire that has charred 1.8 square miles in the town of Cave Creek, destroying at least 10 structures and forcing the evacuations of up to 500 people. Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management officials said the fire reported...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

May. 31, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from...

Arizona reports 681 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more known deaths

May. 31, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For the third consecutive day, Arizona health officials are reporting a large number of additional COVID-19 cases that has pushed the state’s total to nearly 20,000. The state Department of Health Services reported 681 additional cases with three additional known deaths as of Sunday,...

Navajo Nation reports 105 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths

May. 31, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Department of Health has reported 105 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and 10 more known deaths. That pushes the numbers to 5,250 positive COVID-19 cases and 241 known deaths as of Saturday night. Updated numbers were expected by Sunday ev Tribal officials...

A City of Phoenix worker stands near graffiti at a bus stop, Friday, May 29, in Phoenix, in the aftermath of a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in police custody Monday with much of the arrest captured on video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix, Tucson downtown protests appear largely peaceful

May. 31, 2020 2:52 AM EDT

Protesters marched the streets of downtown Phoenix and Tucson Saturday after the cities' leaders implored them to refrain from violence. The marches appeared to be largely peaceful, according to local media reports. On Saturday night, however, Phoenix police had to defend the department's headquarters. Shortly...

Evacuation ordered after brush fire breaks out in Cave Creek

May. 30, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — A brush fire is burning in the town of Cave Creek, destroying nearly a dozen structures and leading to a mandatory evacuation order. The fire was reported Saturday afternoon and is estimated to be around 750 acres, state forestry officials said. Ten structures have burned and more,...

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2019, file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone at a news conference in Phoenix. A report on traffic enforcement by sheriff's deputies in metro Phoenix during 2019 has found that stops of Hispanic and black drivers were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was required to produce the study as one of the remedies to a 2013 ruling that concluded its officers had racially profiled Latinos in then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sheriff’s office in Phoenix dogged by racial bias questions

May. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Traffic stops of Hispanic and black drivers in metro Phoenix were more likely to last longer and result in searches than those of white drivers, according to a report on traffic enforcement by sheriff’s deputies during 2019. The report released Wednesday echoes conclusions from past...

Arizona reports 790 more COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations up

May. 30, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Saturday again reported a large number of additional COVID-19 cases. The Department of Health Services reported 790 additional cases with 18 additional deaths as of Saturday, increasing the total number of cases statewide to 19,255 and the total number of deaths...