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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey kneels and weeps by the casket of George Floyd before a memorial service at North Central University, Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. Floyd died on May 25 as a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck, ignoring his cries and bystander shouts until he eventually stopped moving. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

`Get your knee off our necks!': Floyd mourned in Minneapolis

Jun. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hollywood celebrities, musicians and political leaders gathered in front of the golden casket of George Floyd at a fiery memorial Thursday for the man whose death at the hands of police sparked global protests, with a civil rights leader declaring it is time for black people to demand,...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Shanahan praised former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick Thursday, June 4, for trying to bring the issue of racism and police brutality to light with his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Shanahan: Kaepernick deserves admiration for taking stand

Jun. 4, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan praised former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for trying to bring the issue of racism and police brutality to light with his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season. The issues surrounding Kaepernick’s stance have resurfaced this week as many players...

Federal officers stand outside the Department of Justice as Attorney General William Barr speaks during a virtual press conference inside the building Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Barr: Divide between African Americans, police 'must change'

Jun. 4, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr sought on Thursday to quell tensions over the death of George Floyd in police custody, acknowledging a divide between many black Americans and the police and promising to spare no resource as the Justice Department investigates whether a federal civil rights...

People gather in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, June 4, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration

Jun. 4, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — ACLU files lawsuit against Trump administration regarding removal of protesters. — Texas county GOP chairwoman pressured...

This Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo combo of images provided by the Glynn County Detention Center in Georgia shows Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. Georgia's attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of the two men as he ran through a neighborhood. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

Testimony: Shooter used racist slur as Arbery lay dying

Jun. 4, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator alleged Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racist slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after fatally shooting the black man with a pump-action shotgun. The inflammatory revelation came amid a week of angry nationwide protests over law...

File-In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, a man runs in Garfield Park of Indianapolis past a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a Union prison camp in the city during the Civil War. Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday that the monument would be removed, calling it

Indianapolis to dismantle Confederate monument in park

Jun. 4, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis will remove from a park a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a Union prison camp in the city, the mayor announced Thursday. The grave monument, which was relocated to Garfield Park nearly a century ago from its original location in a cemetery, will be...

FILE - This March 11, 2019 file photo shows Gabrielle Union at the

Union files complaint against NBC, 'America's Got Talent'

Jun. 4, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday with the state of California against NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent," the latest move in a fight over her allegations that she was fired for objecting to an on-set environment that tolerated racism. The complaint...

Protesters sit near the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

After protests, iconic Lee statue in Virginia to be removed

Jun. 4, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will be removed as soon as possible from Richmond's Monument Avenue, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday, pledging the state will no longer “preach a false version of history.” The bronze equestrian statue, which...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice said Wednesday, June 3, that he would welcome any president to the state besides former President Barack Obama. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

West Virginia governor defends himself after Obama comment

Jun. 4, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice continued to defend himself Thursday after making comments about not wanting former President Barack Obama in the state, saying he's not racist and has black friends. The Republican governor has drawn criticism for telling reporters that he would...

This Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, shows the relief sculpture on the Boston Massacre Monument on Boston Common that depicts Crispus Attucks, a black man, as the first person gunned down by British troops during the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. The attack helped touch off the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As nation confronts old demons, a 1770 slaying is recalled

Jun. 4, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Like George Floyd, he was black, in his mid-40s, and died at the hands of a white man. And like Floyd, he may have helped touch off a revolution. Many in the Black Lives Matter movement are invoking Crispus Attucks — an African American gunned down by a British soldier in the Boston...