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Demonstrators protest Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Protesters flood streets in huge, peaceful push for change

Jun. 6, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters streamed into the nation’s capital and other major cities Saturday in another huge mobilization against police brutality and racial injustice, while George Floyd was remembered in his North Carolina hometown by mourners who waited hours for a glimpse...

Hawaii fisherman gets $260 fine for illegal haul worth $37K

Jun. 6, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has imposed a $260 fine on one of three fisherman in Hawaii who was accused of violating the state's ban on aquarium fishing and recovered an illegal catch worth more than $37,000 in February, court officials said. “This is outrageous,” said Inga Gibson of Pono...

Nevada prepares for high-risk fire season amid coronavirus

Jun. 6, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Fire officials preparing for a hazardous wildfire season in Nevada will be challenged by high temperatures, drought and the coronavirus. “Fire doesn’t really care that there’s a pandemic. We’re going to have to do our job, but we can minimize the...

Confederate women's statue in Florida defaced in protests

Jun. 6, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A century-old statue commemorating women in the Confederacy was defaced in a Florida park amid ongoing racial inequality protests. The Florida Times-Union reports Saturday that the “Women of the Southland” statue in Jacksonville was splattered with red paint and...

NYC readies to reopen as virus hospitalizations, deaths dip

Jun. 5, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As New York City is preparing to reopen some businesses and increase subway service Monday, the state’s latest data suggests hospitalizations and deaths linked to the coronavirus are continuing their gradual decline. Mayor Bill de Blasio says city inspectors will visit every...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Arizona state Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, gets a standing ovation while speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives prior to Gov. Jan Brewer's State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. She had suffered a stroke the previous year. Goodale, a former member of the Arizona House who was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who joined with minority Democrats in 2013 to back former Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, died Friday, June 5, 2020. She was 71. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Former state lawmaker Doris Goodale dies at age 71

Jun. 5, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Doris Goodale, a former member of the Arizona House who was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who joined with minority Democrats in 2013 to back former Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, has died. She was 71. Goodale died Friday, said Rep. Regina Cobb, a...

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 5, 2020. Speaking from the Unity Center at the California Museum, Newsom said he ordered the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to stop teaching officers how to use the

California governor ends police training in 'sleeper hold'

Jun. 5, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered the state's police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain and endorsed legislation that would ban the practice statewide. It marked his first action on police use...

Paycheck Loans halt collapse for small Kansas businesses

Jun. 5, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pharmaceutical companies and large hotel chains snatched up emergency COVID-19 federal loans meant for businesses typically with 500 or fewer employees. In Kansas, however, it appears most of its $4.9 billion in Paycheck Protection Program money landed where Congress intended: on the...

N.J. sexual abuse law survives catholic school's challenge

Jun. 5, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

Morristown, N.J. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a New Jersey statute that gives victims of sexual abuse more time to sue. The 2019 law waived the statue of limitations and allowed victims to file civil suits until they are 55, or seven years after they discover they were abused. Judge...