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California attorney general will examine killing by police

May. 14, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's new attorney general said Thursday his office will review the fatal shooting of a San Francisco Bay Area man, who police say they initially thought was carrying a handgun in his waistband but actually had a hammer. Attorney General...

Kansas college president accused of muting free speech fired

May. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The embattled president of Haskell Indian Nations University has been fired following an internal investigation into complaints that he violated the free speech rights of faculty and students. Ronald Graham, who began his presidency in May 2020,...

Lawsuit says police caused asphyxiation death of naked man

May. 12, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who encountered a naked man walking down a Georgia street repeatedly fired their stun guns at him and pinned him to the ground by kneeling and standing on him, ultimately and wrongfully causing his death, according to a federal lawsuit filed by the man's...

Michigan Republican wants to register fact-checkers

May. 12, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican known for challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election has turned his attention to those who fact-check the claims of public officials. State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration...

Judge blocks requirement for 'gay sex' offender registration

May. 12, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state of Montana has no valid reason to require a man to register as a sex offender based on his conviction for having gay sex in Idaho in 1993, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen on Tuesday prevented the state from...

Grand jury clears police in killing; family wants US probe

May. 12, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A grand jury has cleared officers who shot and killed a Black man last year, and his family’s attorney said he will request a federal investigation. A Lafayette Parish grand jury declined second-degree murder charges on Tuesday against Lafayette...

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd's death

May. 12, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for the possibility of a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday. In his ruling dated Tuesday, Judge...

Ex-jail superintendent gets 4 years for corruption

May. 12, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former Rockbridge County Regional Jail superintendent has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for failing to protect inmates from physical abuse and preventing an inmate from getting medical care. John Higgins was sentenced Tuesday to...

Groups file federal lawsuit against Florida 'anti-riot' law

May. 11, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Civil rights groups are seeking to invalidate a freshly signed Florida law that takes aim at demonstrations that turn violent, arguing in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the new law was racially motivated. They also said the law has already...

Sparks police officer suspended for tweets seeks $1 million

May. 11, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sparks police officer who is accusing the city of violating his free speech rights is seeking $1 million in damages after he was suspended for four days for making comments on his private social media account that the city says constituted threats to Black Lives Matters...