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Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 21, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Post-Chauvin verdict, Colorado advances new police reforms

Apr. 21, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A day after a former Minneapolis police officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd, Colorado lawmakers advanced legislation Wednesday to tighten standards set by a sweeping police accountability law adopted last year following protests over Floyd’s murder. ...

Justices stand by ruling striking down drug possession law

Apr. 21, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is standing by its decision striking down the state’s drug possession law, as lawmakers race to address it before the Legislature's regular session ends Sunday. The court on Tuesday rejected a request from the state to...

Activists hope Chauvin convictions are start to real change

Apr. 21, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — “One down, three to go!” went the chant just minutes after Derek Chauvin was convicted in George Floyd’s death — a reference to three more fired officers who are awaiting trial. While the verdict was celebrated by activists and brought a...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present...

Relief after verdict in Floyd killing, but what comes next?

Apr. 21, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn't even realized she'd been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white former Minneapolis police officer Derek...

After Floyd, Congress ready to plunge into policing laws

Apr. 21, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a nation confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

NYC judge agrees to dismiss thousands of prostitution cases

Apr. 21, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge tossed out thousands of prostitution-related cases dating to the 1970s on Wednesday at the request of the Manhattan district attorney, who announced he would no longer prosecute many offenses related to sex work. The mass dismissal of...

Judge again blocks Branstad's deposition in agent's firing

Apr. 21, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For a second time, a judge has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad does not have to testify in a long-running lawsuit brought by an investigator who was fired in 2013 shortly after filing a complaint about Branstad’s state vehicle speeding. ...

2 arrested in Portland protests, mayor extends emergency

Apr. 21, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested two people Tuesday night in downtown Portland, Oregon, after a large group of people marched through the streets and smashed windows of businesses, including different Starbucks locations. The city has seen repeated protests and...