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Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Jul. 26, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months after Gov. Jay...

Man accused of planning sorority killings denied release

Jul. 24, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered a man accused of planning to kill sorority members at an Ohio university to remain behind bars. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman on Friday cited a parole violation and the “serious nature of the charges" as reasons to keep...

WVa treasurer raises nearly $140K in firearms auction

Jul. 23, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia state treasurer's office raised nearly $140,000 for law enforcement agencies through its unclaimed property firearms auction, the office announced Friday. This year's event had record inventory — more than 500 firearms lots...

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many...

Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges

Jul. 22, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would crack down on gun trafficking corridors as part of a comprehensive approach to combat surging gun violence that also includes funding community intervention programs and other neighborhood...

Man gets 20 years in SC prison in shooting of Cayce officers

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — An Orangeburg man who shot at two police officers during a chase will spend 20 years in a South Carolina prison and then 10 years in a federal prison, authorities said Wednesday. Eugene Jonathon James, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jul. 21, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

Crossville Chronicle. July 19, 2021. Editorial: Firearms come with responsibility Tennessee’s new permitless firearm carry law took effect July 1. Under this new law, people will be able to carry a handgun without a concealed...

Louisiana heads into historic veto session with uncertainty

Jul. 19, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ahead of the opening of an unprecedented veto override session, Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder said Monday he's “comfortable 100%” that his chamber has the votes to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of a bill to ban transgender girls from school...

He walked beach with an AR-15. Is he a menace or a martyr?

Jul. 17, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Michael Taylor trudged over the crowded sugar sand, between sunbathers on beach towels and water-winged kids digging with plastic shovels. A few people peered at him from behind sunglasses. What was he doing? “Livin’ that dream,” he...

Milwaukee cops release video of fatal shooting of armed man

Jul. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police released edited video footage Friday of the fatal police shooting of a 49-year-old man who was reportedly suicidal, firing shots and refused multiple commands to drop a gun. Police released a “community briefing” on YouTube that...