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Police look for people who did not get off the street after the start of curfew Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in New York, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers May 25. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Latest: Thousands on New York City streets after curfew

Jun. 3, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands of protesters on New York City streets after curfew. — Protest in Washington on Tuesday lacking tension of...

Missouri Medicaid expansion proposal survives lawsuits

Jun. 2, 2020 8:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults. The lawsuits by conservative advocacy group United for Missouri and Americans for Prosperity-Missouri sought to knock the...

In this June 14, 2019 photo, a four-wheeler is ridden through Arctic Village, Alaska. If the pandemic has deepened the sense of isolation for the 8,000 or so Gwich’in, sprinkled across northeastern Alaska into Canada, it has also emphasized the importance of the tribe’s traditions and its profound spiritual connection to the homelands that sustain the caribou and other wildlife on which they depend. (Brian Adams/Religion News Service via AP)

Shunning virus and Big Oil, Alaska tribe revives traditions

Jun. 2, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

ARCTIC VILLAGE, Alaska (RNS) — Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic restrictions went into effect in mid-February, Sarah James got to her house to find two caribous worth of meat in her freezer. Since flights have become intermittent to this indigenous village 100 miles north of...

Workers boarded up the windows on a building in downtown Trenton, NJ, that houses businesses as well as state government offices, Monday June 1, 2020. Calling to mind the Black Lives Matter movement, someone spray painted BLM on the sidewalk Sunday night in reaction to George Floyd's death while in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

NJ to overhaul police use-of-force guidelines, AG says

Jun. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Citing George Floyd's death, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Tuesday the state will update its guidelines governing the use of force by police for the first time in two decades and will move to require a statewide licensing program for all officers. “To the...

FILE - In this April 27, 2020, file photo Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma walks to the Rose Garden to attend a briefing with President Donald Trump about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Federal health authorities have received reports of nearly 26,000 nursing home residents dying from COVID-19, according to materials prepared for the nation's governors. Verma says states should use “extreme caution” before reopening nursing homes to visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nearly 26,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes spur inspections

Jun. 1, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, the government reported Monday, as federal officials demanded states carry out more inspections and vowed higher fines for facilities with poor infection control. The partial numbers released by the Centers for Medicare and...

President Donald Trump points to Elon Musk as he arrives to speak after viewing the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claim of saving space program off base

Jun. 1, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making claims on space that are off course from reality. Over the weekend, he took full credit for the government's role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. Trump also asserted that he saved the...

Wyoming food, child care assistance services under pressure

Jun. 1, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Vital social services including child care assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are experiencing growing pressures in Wyoming resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. State Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt told lawmakers that additional...

2 indicted for bilking $13M from North Carolina Medicaid

Jun. 1, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal authorities in North Carolina say a man and woman from Las Vegas have been arrested and accused of using obituary postings siphon $13 million in fraudulent charges from the North Carolina Medicaid Program. Latisha Harron, 44, also known as Latisha Holt, and Timothy Harron, 50,...

President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes in the Rose Garden White House, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump spars with Twitter on voting, protests

Jun. 1, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Twitter tangled over truth and consequences this past week as the social media giant flagged the president's tweets for spreading false information and potentially inciting violence. The episode left Trump fuming and threatening reprisals against the platform he...

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers near end of session, ready for another

May. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers worked through a final stack of bills Sunday as they neared the end of a regular session upended by the coronavirus outbreak, agreeing to a broad expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and closing a budget gap created by the pandemic. A rapid...