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Benjamin Lund is seen Friday June 5, 2020, in Milwaukee. Lund is a longtime Republican who was raised in a conservative family in the political battleground of Wisconsin, now plans to vote a straight Democratic ticket and rejects any effort by Trump to put a

No 'silver lining': Trump faces voter backlash amid crises

Jun. 6, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At the end of one of his most turbulent weeks in office, President Donald Trump was eager on Friday to boast of a better than expected jobs report to argue the country is poised for a booming recovery. Benjamin Lund was not moved. The 45-year-old Milwaukee man is a longtime Republican...

In this June 1, 2020, photo President Donald Trump returns to the White House after visiting outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

By the numbers: Trump reads economic boom into jobs data

Jun. 6, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has always been a big numbers guy. He’s proved adept at taking even the grimmest numbers and giving himself a pat on the back or relying on a creative use of data to make himself look good. But his declaration that an unexpected dip in the unemployment rate...

People raise their fists during a rally, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Las Vegas, against police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Turning grief into change, movement targets racial injustice

Jun. 6, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

Momentum for what many hope is a sustained movement aimed at tackling racial injustice and police reforms promised to grow Saturday as more protesters filled streets around the world and mourners prepared to gather in the U.S. for a second memorial service for George Floyd, who died a dozen days ago at the hands...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives for a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

New jobs report diminishes GOP appetite for more virus aid

Jun. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unexpectedly strong jobs report could further scramble an already uncertain picture for passing a fifth and possibly final coronavirus aid bill. The positive statistics are feeding the wait-and-see approach of the White House and its GOP allies in Congress. Republicans say the numbers...

Protesters gather in Sydney, Saturday, June 6, 2020, to support the cause of U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter protests across Australia proceeded mostly peacefully as thousands of demonstrators in state capitals honored the memory of Floyd and protested the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Protests support Floyd, Black Lives Matter on 3 continents

Jun. 6, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday in cities from Australia to Europe, to express anger over the death of George Floyd and to demand an end to racial discrimination in a sign that the Black Lives Matter movement is going global. Demonstrators in Paris tried to gather in front of...

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Prosecutors seek right mix of charges in George Floyd case

Jun. 6, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As damning as video evidence in the George Floyd case appears to be, prosecutors know they must bring the right charges underpinned by sound legal logic if they hope to convict a Minnesota officer in Floyd's May 25 death. Exhibit No. 1 at trial is likely to be bystander video showing Officer...

This 2019 photo provided by Noel Rowe and Centre ValBio shows a golden bamboo lemur in Madagascar. Conservation isn’t work that can simply be dropped for a while, then picked up again, “because it depends so much on relationships with people and local communities,

Coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species

Jun. 6, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biologist Carlos Ruiz has spent a quarter-century working to save golden lion tamarins, the charismatic long-maned monkeys native to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Thanks to painstaking reforestation efforts, the population of these endangered monkeys was steadily growing until an...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange as fireworks are exploded before his company's IPO. In 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said space is currently a $400 billion market, including satellites. Opening up spaceflight to paying customers, he said, could expand the market to $1 trillion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

Jun. 6, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020 file photo police move demonstrators away from St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House, as they gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's alternate reality in time of anguish

Jun. 6, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Vicious dogs.” “Ominous weapons.” Injured police. Gagging protesters. Shattered storefronts. Armed personnel at centers of power and landmarks. Anguish and arson. Taking the measure of these days in the nation's capital, President Donald Trump exclaimed:...

British expatriate Steven Oldrid, center, carries wooden crosses with names of WWII dead as he walks to the local war cemetery in Benouville, Normandy, France on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Due to coronavirus measures many relatives and veterans will not make this years 76th anniversary of D-Day. Oldrid will be bringing it to them virtually as he places wreaths and crosses for families and posts the moments on his facebook page. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

One man lays wreaths in Normandy on this unusual D-Day

Jun. 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

BENOUVILLE, France (AP) — The essence of war remembrance is to make sure the fallen are never forgotten. All it takes is a wreath, a tiny wooden cross, a little token on a faraway grave to show that people still care about their fallen hero, parent or grandparent. This year, though, the pandemic stepped...

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In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

Prosecutors: 2 Buffalo police officers charged with assault

Jun. 6, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two Buffalo police officers were charged with assault Saturday, prosecutors said, after a video showed them shoving a protester in recent demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Both pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault. They were released without bail. The...

Prosecutors say 2 Buffalo police officers charged with assault after video showed them shoving protester

Jun. 6, 2020 11:22 AM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Prosecutors say 2 Buffalo police officers charged with assault after video showed them shoving protester.
FILE - In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, file photo, a public school employee sanitizes a sink in a bathroom at a U.S. high school. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services, from schools to trash pickup. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Government job losses are piling up, and it could get worse

Jun. 6, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services — from schools to trash pickup. Even as the U.S. added some jobs in May, the number of people...

Protesters gather in Sydney, Saturday, June 6, 2020, to support the cause of U.S. protests over the death of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter protests across Australia proceeded mostly peacefully as thousands of demonstrators in state capitals honored the memory of Floyd and protested the deaths of indigenous Australians in custody. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Protests support Floyd, Black Lives Matter on 3 continents

Jun. 6, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people gathered Saturday in cities from Australia to Europe, to express anger over the death of George Floyd and to demand an end to racial discrimination in a sign that the Black Lives Matter movement is going global. Demonstrators in Paris tried to gather in front of...

This photo provided by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police shows Anthony Brennan III. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police say that Brennan was arrested Friday, June 5, 2020, after a video appeared to show him violently grab an object from a young adult who was posting signs protesting the death of George Floyd. (Maryland-National Capital Park Police via AP)

Maryland cyclist arrested for assault on teens apologizes

Jun. 6, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man charged with assaulting three teenagers after a video showed him grabbing a protest flyer from one of teens is apologizing. In a statement released by his lawyers, 60-year-old Anthony Brennan III of Kensington, Maryland, said he is “sick with remorse for the pain...

Clashes, tear gas in Beirut as protests turn to riots

Jun. 6, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese riot police fired tear gas at protesters in central Beirut on Saturday, after a planned anti-government demonstration quickly degenerated into rioting and stone-throwing confrontations between opposing camps. A few thousand demonstrators had gathered in Martyrs' Square hoping to...

A checkpoint blocks traffic on 16th Street Northwest as people gather near the White House, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, before scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: DC prepares ahead of expected large protest

Jun. 6, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Thousands in London, Italy protest police violence, racial injustice. — DC officials expect city's largest protest against police brutality since Floyd's death — DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech. — Minneapolis-St. Paul...

A man walks past Marco's Pizza, which is now hiring, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Euclid, Ohio. U.S. unemployment dropped unexpectedly in May to 13.3% as reopened businesses began recalling millions of workers faster than economists had predicted, triggering a rally Friday on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Virus exposes sharp economic divide: College vs. non-college

Jun. 6, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — For an American workforce under continuing threat from the coronavirus, the best protection might just be a college degree. Friday's jobs report for May delivered a major pleasant surprise, with lower unemployment and 2.5 million added jobs, instead of the darkening picture that had been...

Seagulls sit on the head of a sculpture of Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin on the day of his 221st birthday in Naziya village, 80 km (50 miles) east of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Moscow book fair brings out Pushkin fans, lockdown-weary

Jun. 6, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Muscovites clad in facemasks and gloves ventured into Red Square for an outdoor book market Saturday, a small sign of gradual efforts to open the Russian capital back up amid the country's coronavirus outbreak. Although the city’s ban on public gatherings continues, authorities gave...

A heath worker takes a nasal swab sample during a public testing for the coronavirus conducted at a market in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Asia Today: Indonesia records single-day high in new cases

Jun. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, a new single-day high for the country that brought its total caseload past 30,000, as the government unveiled an enhanced stimulus package worth $47.6 billion to anchor the virus-battered economy. The health...