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3 cities pilot South Africa-style truth, reconciliation push

Jul. 2, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are teaming up on a pilot effort patterned after South Africa's post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission to confront racism in the criminal justice system. Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020, file photo, a bartender pours a beer for a customer at Shade Bar NYC in New York. Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Jul. 2, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks. In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of...

A waitress takes a food order from the kitchen at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

Jul. 1, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona's outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and West sent a shudder through the country. The run-up in...

Customers dine outside Dudley's, Monday, June 22, 2020, in New York. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would ignite a a spike in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants

Jul. 1, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be delayed out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. De Blasio, a Democrat, said he was concerned that if the city welcomed diners back into the enclosed spaces of...

A protester stands on the steps of a government building near an encampment outside City Hall, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in New York. City Council members were due to debate and vote Tuesday night on a plan to shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services, with time running short ahead of the fiscal year that begins Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC passes austere budget that cuts $1B from NYPD

Jul. 1, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers approved an austere budget early Wednesday that will shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year, acknowledging protesters' demands to cut police spending — but falling short of what activists sought. The vote by the City...

Protesters rest on a grassy area surrounded by signs calling for the changes and abolition of police forces at an encampment outside City Hall, Friday, June 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NYC mayor seeks $1 billion police cut amid City Hall protest

Jun. 29, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A week after a “defund the police” protest became a full-blown occupation outside City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday he has a plan for the New York City police department budget to be slashed by $1 billion. The mayor, a Democrat, declined to discuss the sources...

Cuomo says Trump should wear mask and require them in public

Jun. 29, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself. “We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat,...

A rainbow light display illuminates the night sky in the West Village near The Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the gay rights movement, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in New York. The light installation was presented by Kind snack foods to mark what would have been the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March, which is canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

In NYC, marking 50th anniversary of Pride, no matter what

Jun. 28, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all. But what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus. With the city’s massive...

Honolulu to reopen campgrounds for first time in 3 months

Jun. 27, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- The city of Honolulu has announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hawaii News Now reported that the city will issue permits for just over 100 campsites across Oahu. Honolulu Department of...

Protesters plaster signs and artwork on a subway entrance as they gather at an encampment outside City Hall, Friday, June 26, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'Occupy City Hall' protest urges budget cuts for NYC police

Jun. 27, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of protesters camped outside City Hall are demanding that lawmakers slash the New York City police budget. The encampment in City Hall Park in lower Manhattan began forming earlier this week following weeks of street protests sparked by the death of George Floyd and other Black...