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U.S. Capitol police officers talk with demonstrators as they have a conversation about racism in America as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. At right is Lydia Robinson, 31, of Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Democrats prepare police reform bills after Floyd's death

Jun. 4, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats, powered by the Congressional Black Caucus, are preparing a sweeping package of police reforms as pressure builds on the federal government to respond to the death of George Floyd and others in law enforcement interactions. With the urgency of mass protests ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on intercollegiate athlete compensation. Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and Gonzalez, who is planning to introduce it, said Thursday, June 4, 2020, there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Congressman: No NCAA antitrust exemption in athlete pay bill

Jun. 4, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month, and the congressman planning to introduce it said there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, said Thursday it's imperative for Congress...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo provided by the Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, talks during his speech at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines. The U.N. human rights office called on the Philippines government in a new report Thursday, June 4, to end all violence targeting suspected drug offenders and to disband private and state-backed paramilitary groups which have caused serious human rights violations in the country.(Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division via AP, File)

UN rights official: Philippine anti-terror bill worrying

Jun. 4, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — New anti-terrorism legislation passed by the Philippine Congress that allows the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without warrants and relaxes human rights safeguards is “very worrying,” a U.N. rights official said Thursday. The House of Representatives...

Norfolk lays out plan for removing Confederate monument

Jun. 4, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An 80-foot tall Confederate monument in the Virginia city of Norfolk could be removed as early as Aug. 7. The Virginian-Pilot reports that city officials laid out details of a plan on Tuesday to take down the monument. The monument's removal will be allowed once a new state law takes...

Pan-democratic legislator Chan Chi-chuen holding a placard reading

On Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong bans insults to anthem

Jun. 4, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s legislature approved a contentious bill Thursday that makes it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem. The legislation was approved after pro-democracy opposition lawmakers tried to disrupt the vote. It passed with 41 lawmakers voting for it and just one voting...

FILE - In this March 5, 2019 file photo Ohio House minority leader Emilia Sykes delivers the Democrat's response to the Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Only about a third of U.S. states have enacted laws addressing police use-of-force in the six years since a national protest movement emerged over the killings of black men by white police officers. Sykes criticized GOP lawmakers this week for failing to enact laws recommended by former Ohio Gov. John Kasich's task force that hold police accountable.  (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

US Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force

Jun. 3, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force. Six years later, only about a third of states have passed laws on the question. The...

Ohio court sets arguments for appeal over judge shot video

Jun. 3, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled oral arguments in an appeal by The Associated Press of a ruling that prevented the release of surveillance video showing a judge being shot and wounded at a courthouse. The state's high court had previously decided to hear the AP's appeal...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jun. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ June 3 The Charlotte Observer on President Donald Trump moving the Republican National Convention because North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper won’t commit to relaxing strict social distancing regulations: For those who’ve long wanted...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference after meeting Chinese leadership in Beijing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom stands ready to open the door to almost 3 million Hong Kong citizens, as the city's leader arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for meetings on a planned national security law that has many worried about their future. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong leader accuses foreign critics of double standards

Jun. 3, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign critics on Wednesday of displaying “blatant double standards” over moves by Beijing to strengthen control over the semi-autonomous territory. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced earlier that his country is ready to open...

Commission OKs step toward crafting athlete-compensation law

Jun. 2, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The commission that promotes uniformity among state laws took another step toward crafting legislation allowing compensation for college athletes. A study committee recommended Tuesday that the Uniform Law Commission form a drafting committee to write legislation for states to adopt...