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Nobel doctor calls sexual violence in conflict a `pandemic'

Apr. 14, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege warned Wednesday that the scourge of sexual violence and rape in all conflicts is now “a real pandemic” and without sanctions and justice for the victims these horrific acts won’t stop. The...

Officer in Black man's killing: from leader to defendant

Apr. 14, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

In a matter of days, the white police officer who fatally shot a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb went from being a respected professional who trained less experienced colleagues and led the department's union, to a criminal defendant held up by community activists as a symbol of police...

Officer wounded in school wasn't shot by student's gun

Apr. 14, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

A Tennessee police officer wounded during a confrontation with a student inside a high school bathroom was not shot by the student's gun, authorities said Wednesday, contradicting earlier law enforcement reports that the teenager fired and hit the officer. The new report...

Lawsuit describes night of fear for Wall of Moms protester

Apr. 14, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer who formed part of a “Wall of Moms” confronting militarized U.S. agents is suing federal authorities, claiming excessive force was used against her and she was arrested without probable cause. In the lawsuit filed in federal court in...

Black leaders call for more anti-violence aid after killings

Apr. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Black lawmakers and community group leaders called Wednesday for more federal and state aid for chronically underfunded anti-violence programs in Connecticut's cities, following the killings of a 3-year-old boy and a teenager in Hartford last weekend. ...

Virginia Senate rejects gun control bill amendments

Apr. 14, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate rejected the governor’s amendments to a bill that restricts the gun rights of anyone convicted for assault and battery of a family member. Under House Bill 1992, introduced by Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, anyone convicted...

EXPLAINER: Why outside prosecutors review killings by police

Apr. 14, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A white former police officer is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, just three days after the Black man was shot during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. The swift probe...

Activist arrested after son accused of showing gun as threat

Apr. 14, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — An activist and member of Waterbury's Human Rights Commission was arrested after his middle-school-aged son allegedly showed a gun on social media and threatened to beat up another student. Fahd Syed, 41, was charged last week with risk of...

McDonald's to mandate anti-harassment training worldwide

Apr. 14, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

McDonald’s said Wednesday that it will mandate worker training to combat harassment, discrimination and violence in its restaurants worldwide starting next year. The training will be required for 2 million workers at 39,000 stores worldwide. ...

Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The state Senate voted 38-10,...