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FILE - In this July 4, 2020, file photo, protesters gather near a fire in downtown Portland, Ore. Oregon's largest city is in crisis as violent protests have wracked downtown for weeks. The mayor can't bring the council along on cracking down because of very liberal council members and no matter what he does, the city gets sued anyway. Meanwhile, downtown businesses are being destroyed on top of the pandemic and the rank-and-file police are increasingly venting their frustration. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

Chaotic protests prompt soul-searching in Portland, Oregon

Jul. 15, 2020 1:26 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly two months of nightly protests that have devolved into violent clashes with police have prompted soul-searching in Portland, Oregon, a city that prides itself on its progressive reputation but is increasingly polarized over how to handle the unrest. President Donald Trump...

FILE- In a Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faced two counts of lying to police. A jury found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged. Klages is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP_File)

Sentencing set Wednesday for coach in Nassar-related case

Jul. 14, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for lying to police during an investigation into serial pedophile and ex-Olympic and MSU doctor Larry Nassar. Kathy Klages, 65, was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a...

Chris Pudvah, Meriden housing inspector, walks by a new ballot drop box installed on the southside of Meriden City Hall, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Meriden, Conn. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Lawmakers returning to vote on absentee ballot, police bills

Jul. 14, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday the state's COVID-19 infection rate is currently low enough for the General Assembly to return for a special legislative session to consider a limited number of bills, including one allowing more people to vote by absentee in the November general election. The Democrat,...

Prosecutors: California officer justified in killing teen

Jul. 14, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A police officer was justified in killing a 17-year-old girl who pointed what appeared to be a gun at him on a packed Southern California freeway last year, according to an investigation released Tuesday. Fullerton Officer Scott Flynn reasonably believed that the teenager was going...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks

Jul. 14, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter's question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in a pair of interviews Tuesday. In one interview, Trump seemed taken aback when asked why...

District Attorney Sim Gill inspects the damage to the district attorney's office Friday, July 10, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Protesters decrying the police shooting of Bernardo Palacios-Carbajal painted and marked the district attorney's office Thursday, July 9, 2020, night, after two police officers in Utah were cleared in his death. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Prosecutor who declined to charge officers proposes reforms

Jul. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah prosecutor who cleared two officers in the shooting death of an armed man has released a list of proposed deadly force policy reforms that he says would better allow officers to be held accountable. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill released 22 recommendations on...

The scene where a 77-year-old man was stabbed by a 43-year-old man Tuesday morning, July 14, 2020, outside of a Quality Dairy on Lansing Road in Windsor Township, Michigan. A Grand Ledge man who stabbed an elderly man outside a Quality Dairy store after being refused service for not wearing a mask was shot and killed by an Eaton County deputy several miles away, Michigan State Police said. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Man killed by police after mask dispute at Michigan store

Jul. 14, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man who had challenged him about not wearing a mask at a store, police said. The shooting occurred in Eaton County, southwest of Lansing, about 30 minutes after the stabbing at a Quality Dairy...

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, citing an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks. The move, which was expected, allows the Democratic governor to keep in place various orders designed to curb COVID-19, including certain business closures, limits on gatherings, a mask requirement and longer unemployment benefits. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Whitmer extends coronavirus emergency through Aug. 11

Jul. 14, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday extended Michigan's coronavirus emergency declaration through Aug. 11, five months after she first issued it, pointing to an uptick in new cases over the past three weeks. The move, which was expected, allows the Democratic governor to keep in place...

Lawmakers urged to address segregation in special session

Jul. 14, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

The police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis is sparking new life into long-running efforts to better integrate Connecticut, with a wide-ranging coalition announcing plans on Tuesday to push state lawmakers to pass legislation this summer that reforms land use rules. Formed over the past few...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Minneapolis Police Department Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo, speaks in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Police Department is changing its policy on reporting use of force incidents by requiring that officers document their attempts to de-escalate a situation in all situations, whether or not they end with force being used, Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP File)

Minneapolis cops required to report de-escalation efforts

Jul. 14, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department is changing its policy on reporting use of force incidents to require that officers document their attempts to de-escalate a situation in all incidents, whether or not they end with force being used, the mayor and police chief announced Tuesday. The...