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Demonstrators gathered at Floyd Light City Park on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Portland, Ore.  Protests turned violent again even after the mayor pleaded with demonstrators to stay off the streets. Police say an officer suffered what was described as a severe injury after being hit with a rock late Thursday. (Mark Graves /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protests persist as some bring flashes of violence

Aug. 8, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More protests are expected in Portland, Oregon, throughout the weekend following violent demonstrations this week that have brought more unrest to the Northwest city. Since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis protests have occurred nightly for 70 days. Friday night, Portland police...

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...

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

States ask that Trump's district drawing order be stopped

Aug. 7, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump's order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition,...

Court lifts block on 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday lifted a judge's ruling that has blocked four Arkansas abortion restrictions from taking effect, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner’s consent...

US court will rehear Epstein victims' claims over plea deal

Aug. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court decided Friday to reconsider claims that Florida federal prosecutors violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein's sex abuse victims by not informing them about a secret plea deal. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a previous...

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

Aug. 7, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

Tennessee updates mail voting application after court ruling

Aug. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials have updated the absentee ballot application for November to reflect that the state Supreme Court eliminated an expansion of mail voting during the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office says voters who have underlying...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019 file photo, shoppers enter a Walgreens store in Los Angeles. Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains  CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart and Giant Eagle claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, a federal judge in Cleveland, denied the chains' motion to dismiss the complaints in a ruling Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Judge rejects pharmacy chains' bid to toss opioid suits

Aug. 7, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawsuits filed by two Ohio counties against retail pharmacy chains claiming their opioid dispensing practices flooded communities with pain pills and were a a public nuisance can continue, a federal judge in Cleveland has determined. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster rejected the pharmacy...

A woman who lives in a Portland neighborhood targeted by protesters argues with a few black-clad demonstrators after being splashed with white paint in front of a Portland Police Bureau precinct that was being vandalized, late Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The woman was trying to stop the protesters from vandalizing the building when she was hit with the paint.(Mark Graves /The Oregonian via AP)

Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt

Aug. 7, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 200 people, some wielding homemade shields, clashed with police early Friday for the third consecutive night as two other Black Lives Matter rallies proceeded peacefully elsewhere in the city, authorities said. The demonstration with unrest came hours after the city's Democratic...

Court to hear arguments next month in case over COVID rules

Aug. 7, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's highest court will hear oral arguments next month in the legal showdown over Gov. Andy Beshear's COVID-19 emergency orders. The state Supreme Court on Friday scheduled arguments for Sept. 17 in the case pitting the Democratic governor against the Republican attorney...