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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in St. Louis. Officials announced St. Louis has been added to the list of cities that will receive assistance from Operation Legend, a federal anti-crime program launched to help city police in their effort to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Federal anti-crime program to send 50 agents to St. Louis

Aug. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — State and federal governments announced steps aimed at reining in violent crime in St. Louis Thursday, prompting Black leaders to question why police reform isn’t part of the conversation. Fifty Department of Homeland Security agents will be sent to St. Louis under Operation...

Ex-federal agent sentenced for stealing smuggled drug money

Aug. 5, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigator was sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison Wednesday in California for stealing more than $100,000 in smuggled drug money, authorities said. Tyrone Cedric Duren, 50, was handed a sentence of 10 years and 8 months in a...

FILE - This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Ransomware feared as possible saboteur for November election

Aug. 2, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn't just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments...

A Miami-Dade County Elections Department employee places a vote-by-mail ballot for the August 18 primary election into a box for rejected ballots as the canvassing board meets at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Doral, Fla. President Donald Trump is for the first time publicly floating a

Election officials game out worst-case scenarios in drills

Jul. 30, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency this week hosted a three-day tabletop exercise aimed at helping local, state and federal officials prepare for and respond to worst-case scenarios on Election Day. The virtual exercise, which concluded Thursday, involved more than...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, federal agents arrest a demonstrator during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. An Associated Press analysis of more than 200 arrests shows that even those accused of breaking the law during the nightly rallies don’t neatly fit into President Donald Trump’s depiction of protesters as “anarchists and agitators.” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Protesters vary as much as their arrests, AP analysis shows

Jul. 30, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

Sheena McFerran was two rows behind a line of police at a protest in Portland, Oregon, when she saw officers pepper-spraying a Black man. “I said, ‘Hell no,’ so I pulled his backpack back really hard and stepped into the space he was in,” said McFerran, a 34-year-old manager for the...

Federal officers are surrounded by smoke as they push back demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland

Jul. 29, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours...

Seattle mayor says US agents have demobilized, left city

Jul. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday she had received confirmation that U.S. agents had left the area after being sent to Seattle last week to protect federal buildings amid lingering unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. Durkan, Gov. Jay Inslee and other local leaders said in...

Order reuniting asylum seekers with family in US appealed

Jul. 28, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is appealing a federal judge's order to r eunite three Massachusetts families separated because of its controversial “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which represents the families,...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo a National Park Service worker picks up trash along the drained Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool as the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol are seen in the distance in Washington, at sunrise. Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Report: 2,866 COVID claims, 48 deaths among federal workers

Jul. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 federal workers have filed compensation claims for having contracted COVID-19 on the job, a number that is expected to double by early next month, according to a Department of Labor review. Through mid-June, families of 48 federal workers had filed death claims with the...

A Black Lives Matter protester uses a shield as federal officers use chemical irritants to disperse demonstrators at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Since federal officers arrived in downtown Portland in early July, violent protests have largely been limited to a two block radius from the courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Federal agents use tear gas to clear rowdy Portland protest

Jul. 25, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, into the early hours Saturday, shooting fireworks at the building as plumes of tear gas dispensed by U.S. agents, lingered above. The demonstration went until federal agents entered the crowd around...