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Early voting starts in NY, candidates urge people to polls

Jun. 12, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Candidates in New York City's heavily contested Democratic mayoral primary on Saturday urged people to go to the polls in the coming days as early voting kicked off. The start of early voting around the state marks the homestretch to primary election day...

Crime leads voter concerns as NYC mayoral primary approaches

Jun. 11, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fear of crime is back as a political issue in New York City. For the first time in years it could be a prime factor in who voters pick as their next mayor. Early voting begins Saturday in the city's party primaries. Ballots are being cast as the city is...

'A lot of anxiety' for Democrats as Biden agenda stalls

Jun. 08, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for a big infrastructure investment are teetering. An ambitious elections and voting bill is all but dead. Legislation on police brutality, gun control and immigration has stalled out. Nearly six months of Democratic control in Washington, the...

'A lot of anxiety' for Democrats as Biden agenda stalls

Jun. 07, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for a big infrastructure investment are teetering. An ambitious elections and voting bill is all but dead. Legislation on police brutality, gun control and immigration has stalled out. After six months of Democratic control in Washington, the...

Danny Glover joins crowd at rally against anti-Asian bias

May. 27, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Health care workers demonstrating against anti-Asian bias were joined by actor and longtime activist Danny Glover on Thursday at a rally, where he spoke of solidarity and communities supporting each other. Glover told the crowd of local 1199SEIU union...

Rallies, moments of silence honor George Floyd a year later

May. 26, 2021 03:00 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A family-friendly street festival, musical performances and moments of silence were held Tuesday to honor George Floyd and mark the year since he died at the hands of Minneapolis police, a death captured on wrenching bystander video that galvanized the racial justice...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 25, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 24, 2021. Editorial: Coming together to remember, rebuild One year after George Floyd’s death, there’s hope for businesses in need of a boost. On the anniversary of George Floyd’s tragic death...

George Floyd's family holds rally, march in brother's memory

May. 24, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of George Floyd’s family, and others who lost loved ones to police encounters, joined activists and citizens in Minneapolis for a march that was one of several events planned nationwide to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death. ...

Black man's death fuels debate over police shooting at cars

May. 22, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Police departments across the U.S. — including in large cities such as New York and Denver — strictly limit shooting at moving vehicles because they consider the practice ineffective and not worth the risk to human life. But dozens of...

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities

May. 08, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is sending a strong message about its priorities these days. In just over the past two weeks, it has opened investigations of police in Louisville, Kentucky, and Minneapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged four former...