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Rulings move pot, justice reform measures closer to ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County judges on Friday rejected challenges to two proposed voter initiatives, one implementing criminal sentencing reform and the other legalizing recreational marijuana. If the rulings are upheld after expected appeals to the state Supreme Court and if enough qualifying signatures...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020, file photo, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard speaks at a news conference, in Atlanta. Howard has run unopposed for two decades. But he came in second in the June Democratic primary and faces a tough runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Georgia DA who charged officers faces tough primary runoff

Aug. 7, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Against the backdrop of protests over racial injustice and police brutality and with allegations of misconduct emboldening challengers, the top prosecutor in Georgia’s most populous county is fighting to keep his job. After two decades of running unopposed, Fulton County District...

A patient infected with the new coronavirus is transferred from an ambulance onto a stretcher at the National Hospital emergency entrance in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, District Attorney George Brauchler speaks during a news conference in Castle Rock, Colo. An investigation will determine if police officers in suburban Denver will face charges after handcuffing two Black girls and placing them on the ground while mistakenly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, a prosecutor said Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson and the department are cooperating with the investigation, Brauchler said. He called the public accounts of the confrontation

Prosecutors investigating police who handcuffed Black girls

Aug. 7, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors are investigating whether suburban Denver police officers should face criminal charges for putting four Black girls on the ground and handcuffing two of them after mistakenly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, a district attorney said Friday. The incident Sunday...

Sheriff, attorney general probing San Luis election issues

Aug. 7, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz (AP) — The Yuma County Sheriff's Office on Friday said it asked the Arizona attorney general to help in an “election tampering” investigation stemming from Tuesday's primary election. Sheriff's Capt. Eben Bratcher said the investigation involved the possible mishandling or...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. The Washington Football Team has released Guice after he was charged in a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

Washington releases RB Guice after domestic violence arrest

Aug. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count...

Driver crashes into toll plaza, charged with DUI

Aug. 7, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Police arrested a Massachusetts man who drove a pickup into a concrete barrier at a toll plaza in New Hampshire and said he was impaired when he crashed. Robert Scott Jr., 67, of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, ran into the concrete barrier at the toll plaza in Dover, New Hampshire, Thursday at about 1 p.m. No one was...

Massachusetts man held without bail for alleged hate crime

Aug. 7, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered that a Brockton man accused of a hate crime be held without bail. Michael Cates Jr., 34, faces assault and battery for allegedly calling another man a homophobic slur and knocked his teeth out, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported. Tom Anderson, 34,...

Florence prison sergeant arrested in sexual assault case

Aug. 7, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A corrections sergeant assigned to a state prison in Florence has been arrested and accused of crimes that include sexual assault, kidnapping and sexual abuse, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said Friday. Jason McClelland, 47, was arrested Thursday...