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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

Activist's arrest in Portland galvanizes Black Lives Matter

Aug. 11, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The arrest during a Portland, Oregon protest of a Black woman who became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago has galvanized local and national Black Lives Matter groups. Demonstrators took to the streets...

FILE — In this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., ask questions during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Welch is seeking re-election in Vermont's Aug. 11, 2020, Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

Vermont Democratic US Rep. Welch facing primary opponent

Aug. 11, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — One of Vermont’s most popular elected officials, Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, is facing a single primary opponent Tuesday. Welch, 73, who has served in Congress since 2007, is being challenged for the Democratic Party nomination by activist Ralph “Carajou”...

Richmond council approves grants to help damaged businesses

Aug. 11, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Richmond City Council has approved a $500,000 initiative to assist businesses, nonprofits and other commercial properties damaged during the recent protests against police brutality and racism. The council green-lit the Businesses Recovery Grant Program Monday in a 7-2 vote, the...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2007, file photo, Nashville Predators center Jerred Smithson (25) clears the puck away from Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Anson Carter, center, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Carter played a decade in the NHL and has since become an analyst for NBC Sports, which will launch “Hockey Culture” with him at the center of the show. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Hockey makes progress in midst of awakening about racism

Aug. 11, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

Anson Carter filled his time in pandemic isolation walking 11 miles a day, sometimes with his dogs, around his Atlanta neighborhood. When video surfaced of another Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, being shot and killed in nearby Glynn County, Georgia, Carter found himself looking over his shoulder. To use a hockey term...

In this June 9, 2020, photo, U.S. House District 14 candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with attendees at her watch party on at the Courtyard by Mariott in Rome, Ga. (Olivia Morley/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

2 conservative Georgia districts to pick GOP House nominees

Aug. 11, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in two conservative north Georgia districts will pick Republican nominees to Congress on Tuesday, among other races that voters will settle. In northwest Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, construction executive Marjorie Taylor Greene faces Rome neurosurgeon John...

FILE - In this July 20, 2020, file photo, police officers look on at protesters in Seattle. The Seattle City Council is scheduled to take votes Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, on proposals that would reduce the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition, actions supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis but strongly opposed by the mayor and police chief. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

Aug. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, people walk past the Earl Warren Building that houses the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Los Angeles County must pay a full $8 million damages award to the family of a Black man whose death evoked the more resent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. While subduing Darren Burley in 2012, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies

Court: LA County owes $8M to man killed like George Floyd

Aug. 10, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County must pay a full $8 million damage award to the family of a Black man whose death had similarities to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. While subduing Darren Burley in 2012, deputies “used their...

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...