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Crews from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East close the Bayou Road flood gate in St. Bernard Parish, La. Saturday, June 6, 2020, ahead of Tropical Storm Cristobal. A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. (Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate)

Tropical Storm Cristobal advances toward US Gulf Coast

Jun. 6, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, spawning a tornado in Florida and bringing the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in...

Rain clouds hover over mountains during tropical storm Amanda in Barberena, eastern Guatemala, Sunday, May 31, 2020. The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Cristobal regains tropical storm force on track to US coast

Jun. 5, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A storm that appears to be headed for the U.S. Gulf Coast regained tropical storm force Friday while drenching southern Mexico and Central America. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Cristobal's maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 45 mph (75 kph) by late...

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...

A Morgan County, Ala. investigator works at the scene, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Valhermoso Springs, Ala., where numerous people were found fatally shot. Deputies responding to a call about a shooting in Alabama found seven people dead inside a home that had been set afire early Friday, authorities said. (Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Seven people found dead inside burning house in Alabama

Jun. 5, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Deputies responding to a call about a shooting in Alabama found seven people dead inside a home that had been set afire early Friday, authorities said. Morgan County deputies put out the fire before firefighters arrived and found three women and four men shot dead inside,...

FILE - This Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo shows flowers left next to a vandalized Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles. On Friday, June 5, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories photos online incorrectly identified as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington marred by graffiti as a result of riots after the death of George Floyd. The photos circulating on social media are from 2016 and show this Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica in Los Angeles, which was defaced in that year. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 5, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ____ CLAIM: Photos show the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washingon, D.C., marred by...

The pedestal where the statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes stands empty, early Friday, June 5, 2020 in Mobile, Ala.    The city of Mobile  removed the Confederate statue early Friday, without making any public announcements. (WMPI-TV via AP)

Alabama city removes Confederate statue without notice

Jun. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's port city removed a statue of a Confederate naval officer early Friday after days of protests over the police killing of George Floyd, with the mayor saying the monument was a “potential distraction” to focusing on the city's future. The bronze likeness of...

Burning cross found atop interstate overpass in Alabama

Jun. 5, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Motorists driving along an interstate highway in a majority African American county near the home of historically black Tuskegee University late Thursday found a cross burning on an overpass, news outlets reported. The flaming cross was on top of a bridge over Interstate 85 in Macon...

Alabama sheriff's office: 7 adults found dead in shooting and fire in home; no suspects in custody but no further threat

Jun. 5, 2020 6:06 AM EDT
VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Alabama sheriff's office: 7 adults found dead in shooting and fire in home; no suspects in custody but no further threat.
FILE - This undated file photo provided by Christopher Harris shows George Floyd. Floyd died May 25, after he was pinned to the pavement by a police officer who put his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck until he stopped breathing. (Christopher Harris via AP, File)

Experts: Floyd’s health issues don’t affect homicide ruling

Jun. 4, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

George Floyd had drugs in his system and severe heart disease when a Minneapolis police officer put a knee to his neck, but independent experts said the medical problems revealed in the full autopsy report don’t change the conclusion that the handcuffed man’s death was a homicide. “He has...

7 Arkansas St. athletes positive for COVID-19, no symptoms

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Seven Arkansas State athletes tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said Thursday. The seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic. They learned the results Wednesday night. Damphousse said contact tracing has...