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FILE - In this July 7, 2020, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks in the White House in Washington. Parson on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be given “concurrent” jurisdiction in some St. Louis homicide cases was widely seen as a criticism of Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, although the governor and Schmitt both insisted during a news conference the goal was to reduce a skyrocketing murder rate crime in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Parson wants state to intervene in St. Louis murder cases

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Monday said he will ask state lawmakers meeting in a special session to give state Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office authority to intervene in homicide cases in St. Louis that he said are not being prosecuted quickly enough. Parson's request that Schmitt be...

Virginia man who drove through BLM protest: 6 years in jail

Aug. 10, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who a prosecutor described as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan and who drove through a Black Lives Matter protest in June was sentenced Monday to six years in jail. Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted of six misdemeanors and sentenced to a year in jail for each charge, the...

FILE - Kenya Barris, series creator of “black-ish,” arrives at the ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner on Nov. 11, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on the streaming service Hulu. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Politically charged 'black-ish' episode gets belated home

Aug. 10, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network. “I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves,” series creator Kenya...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Demetria Hester reacts to verdicts of guilty on all twelve counts at the Jeremy Christian trial in Portland, Ore. One of the protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon early Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is a Black woman who was assaulted by a white supremacist in a high-profile case three years ago and who now leads a group of

Hate crime victim arrested at protest won't be prosecuted

Aug. 10, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Black woman who became a leading activist in the Black Lives Matter movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago won't be charged after her arrest early Monday fueled anger among protest leaders in Portland, Oregon, authorities said. Demetria Hester, 46,...

Black Lives Matter protesters are confronted by counter protesters in Minden, Nev. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Some Black Lives Matter supporters continued to protest after others cut short their participation in a demonstration outside the office of a northern Nevada sheriff and left amid jeers from a larger crowd of counter-protesters. Officials reported no injuries, arrests or damage as social media accounts emerged Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, about a weekend Black Lives Matter protest that was met in a small northern Nevada town by a far larger group of counter-demonstrators, including some bearing military-style weapons and tactical gear. (Jason Bean/Reno Gazette Journal via AP)

Protesters met with jeers by crowd with guns in Nevada city

Aug. 10, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — Several dozen Black Lives Matter demonstrators at a weekend protest in rural Nevada were greeted by a far larger group of counter-demonstrators, including some bearing military-style weapons and tactical gear, but a sheriff who had made controversial remarks earlier about the racial...

Minneapolis voters line up to vote a day ahead of Minnesota's Tuesday primary election on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at the Minneapolis Election and Voters Services offices. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Absentee and early voting surges for Minnesota primary

Aug. 10, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota experienced a surge in absentee and early voting ahead of Tuesday’s primary, and the results of some races may not be immediately known because officials must count mail-in ballots that trickle in later under safety rules imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On top...

This Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 photo shows the Jordan-Neill Apartments, one of two riverfront Decatur Housing Authority properties for low-income elderly tenants. A federal review found that a public housing authority in Alabama let white people live in riverfront towers with scenic views and other amenities while segregating Black people in another apartment development without the frills, a newspaper reported. (Eric Fleischauer/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Report: Agency in Alabama city segregated public housing

Aug. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal review found that a public housing authority in Alabama let white people live in riverfront towers with scenic views and other amenities while segregating Black people in another apartment development without the frills, a newspaper reported. A Housing and Urban Development...

Judge: Anti-transgender birth certificate law violates order

Aug. 10, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials' latest attempt to ban transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificates violates a court order issued two years ago, a federal judge said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale first ruled in 2018 that a law barring the birth certificate changes was...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 1965, file photo, demonstrators push against a police car in the Los Angeles area of Watts. Watts has been associated with an uprising in 1965 that led to burned-down buildings and bloodshed. But when some protests against racial injustice in 2020 devolved into vandalism and looting, Watts has been peaceful. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Watts riots erupt in Black LA neighborhood

Aug. 10, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: On Aug. 11, 1965, an uprising began in Los Angeles after the drunken driving arrest of a young Black man by a white California Highway Patrol officer. It was focused in the segregated Black neighborhood of Watts, where violence exploded in response to systemic...

FILE - In a July 26, 2017 file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange.  McDonald’s is suing Easterbrook, the former CEO, saying he lied about relationships with employees and destroyed evidence before he was fired from the company in 2019. McDonald’s fired Easterbook last November after he admitted to an improper relationship with an employee, with whom he exchanged videos and text messages.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's sues ousted CEO, alleging employee relationships

Aug. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

McDonald’s says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with three other employees and destroyed evidence. The company now wants to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to...