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Official: Black man killed by Louisiana police was unarmed

Feb. 07, 2023 19:03 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Black man was unarmed when police in Louisiana fatally shot him in the chest last week after he ran away from a domestic disturbance call, authorities said. The federal prosecutor in Shreveport, U.S. Attorney Brandon Brown, said Tuesday he’s keeping in...

Former prison supervisor charged with using excessive force

Feb. 07, 2023 16:27 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama prison supervisor has been charged with using excessive force against two inmates, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The indictment accuses Mohammad Shahid Jenkins, who worked as a lieutenant at William E. Donaldson...

Police chief of Huntington, WVa resigns, citing family

Feb. 06, 2023 11:51 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The police chief in Huntington, West Virginia, has resigned after a little more than a year on the job, the mayor announced Monday. Mayor Steve Williams said Karl Colder resigned for undisclosed family reasons. “Out of respect to him and...

6th officer fired after beating death of Tyre Nichols

Feb. 03, 2023 19:30 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said. Preston Hemphill...

Albuquerque police tweets slammed by some as intimidation

Feb. 03, 2023 14:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque Police Department is making no apologies for official tweets that have been criticized by some, including city officials, as inappropriate. The department's Twitter account has been questioned over biting responses such as “Calling out...

Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology

Feb. 03, 2023 12:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Appearing before a federal judge after pleading guilty to a felony charge in the deadly Capitol riot, former West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans expressed remorse for letting down his family and his community, saying he made a “crucial mistake." Less than a...

2 plead guilty to disrupting flight diverted to Maine

Feb. 03, 2023 09:53 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two men from England pleaded guilty to federal charges that they interfered with a flight crew during a tussle that resulted in a flight from Mexico being diverted to Maine. The men became unruly and made racist remarks after they were told they would not be...

Biden's handwritten notes part of classified docs probe

Feb. 02, 2023 17:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel's investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn't clear yet what the...

Florida city highlights conflicts over local gerrymandering

Feb. 02, 2023 08:34 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Not far from the postcard images of Jacksonville -- the white sand beaches, the riverfront fountain, the upscale shopping district — is another side of the city. Here, neighborhood roads are pitted with potholes and sometimes unpaved. Weeds swallow...

Hunter Biden seeks federal probe of Trump allies over laptop

Feb. 01, 2023 23:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, asked the Justice Department in a letter Wednesday to investigate close allies of former President Donald Trump and others who accessed and disseminated personal data from a laptop that a computer repair shop owner says was...