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Lemiley Lane, a Bountiful junior who grew up in the Navajo Nation in Arizona, poses for a photograph at Bountiful High School, July 21, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. While advocates have made strides in getting Native American symbols and names changed in sports, they say there's still work to do mainly at the high school level, where mascots like Braves, Indians, Warriors, Chiefs and Redskins persist. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Native mascots still a sticking point in high school sports

Aug. 9, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — At a mostly white high school near Salt Lake City, the steps leading to the football field are covered in red handprints, arrows and drawings of Native American men in headdresses meant to represent the mascot, the Braves. “Welcome to the Dark Side” and “Fight...

Judge orders release of body camera video in Floyd case

Aug. 8, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge ordered the release of body camera footage recorded by former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Judge Peter Cahill ruled Friday the that videos from the body cameras of Thomas Lane and J. Kueng taken on the night Floyd died will be made publicly available,...

Brown leads Lynx to 4th straight win beating Fever 87-80

Aug. 7, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla, (AP) — Lexie Brown scored a career-high 26 points with nine assists and four steals and the Minnesota Lynx used a second quarter surge to beat the Indiana Fever 87-80 on Friday night. Down 23-18 after period one, the Lynx (5-1) — winners of four straight — went on a 17-3 run...

Judge: Prosecutor will stay on ex-cop's case in Floyd death

Aug. 7, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge overseeing the cases against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd has denied a request to have a local prosecutor removed. J. Kueng's attorney filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county’s top prosecutor,...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is now thrilled he decided to take a trip to Texas in March to visit Baker Mayfield. During a Zoom conference call on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, Stefanski revealed that he went to Austin and spent time with Mayfield. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Face time: Browns' Stefanski visited QB Mayfield in February

Aug. 7, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Looking back, Browns rookie coach Kevin Stefanski is thankful he took a trip to Texas in February and visited Baker Mayfield. It would be four months before he'd see his quarterback in person again. “I didn’t know about this global pandemic," Stefanski quipped. During a Zoom...

Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

Aug. 7, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often searched when...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police

Aug. 6, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city’s Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death won’t achieve the type of structural overhaul to public safety they hoped for – at least not this year. A city commission on Wednesday blocked a...

Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) kneels as Vancouver Canucks' Bo Horvat (53), Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Boeser, Pettersson help Canucks top Wild 3-0 for series lead

Aug. 6, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist, Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first postseason shutout, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead Thursday in their best-of-five qualifier series. Antoine Roussel and...

FILE - This combination of file photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.  Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Ex-cop's lawyer wants prosecutor dropped from Floyd case

Aug. 6, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd wants the local prosecutor dropped from the case. The attorney for former Officer J. Kueng filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county's top prosecutor, has...