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FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D.  President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore National Memorial before a crowd of thousands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump plans fiery speech for Mount Rushmore fireworks

Jul. 3, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump planned a fiery Mount Rushmore speech Friday night including denunciations of protesters he says are trying to “tear down” the nation's history, coupling condemnation of those who pull down statues with the more traditional July Fourth praise of...

Russian FM hosts speaker of Libya's east-based parliament

Jul. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat met Friday with the speaker of the parliament based in eastern Libya to discuss a political settlement for the conflict-stricken country. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with parliament speaker Aguila Saleh that Moscow supports a cease-fire...

Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: WHO urges focus on first wave of coronavirus

Jul. 3, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says “we need to put up a fight now” during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic — rather than focusing on when a second wave might come. Dr. Michael Ryan said the world will be much better at fighting...

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. Multiple suburban Denver police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation into photos of them related to the case of a Black man who died last summer after he was stopped and restrained, police said Monday, June 29, 2020. The interim police chief of the city of Aurora, Vanessa Wilson, said in a statement that the suspended officers were

Photos show police reenacting chokehold on Elijah McClain

Jul. 3, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Police released photos Friday showing three officers smiling as they reenacted a chokehold that their colleagues used on Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after police stopped him as he walked down the street last summer in a Denver suburb. Following an internal investigation by...

Law enforcement agents confer near the site of a shooting Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The shooting left a suspect dead and a police officer in critical condition after being shot in the head. The officer was hospitalized for emergency surgery, Kansas City police said on Twitter. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Kansas City police: Officer shot in head remains stable

Jul. 3, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City police officer who was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire that left a suspect dead was in stable condition Friday following surgery, authorities said. A police spokesman, Officer Jacob Becchina, declined to release the name of the officer, and Chief Richard...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. A new French prime minister will be appointed on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe, who has resigned amid an expected government reshuffle, the French presidency announced. (Thomas Coex, Pool via AP)

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul. 3, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice...

Andrew Stuart wears a bandana as a mask while taking a selfie with his dog, Voltron, on Sunset Blvd, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. Sheriff's deputies in West Hollywood will issue citations to people who are not wearing masks in public, ramping up enforcement that previously had largely been imposed without penalties. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

California enters July 4 weekend with many beaches closed

Jul. 3, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California headed into the Fourth of July weekend Friday under classic sunny summer skies and new health orders that temporarily put many popular beaches off-limits and canceled fireworks shows in an effort to prevent runaway coronavirus infections. A few surfers were in the water off...

Police say photos they were investigating show officers reenacting chokehold used on Elijah McClain before he died

Jul. 3, 2020 4:05 PM EDT
DENVER (AP) — Police say photos they were investigating show officers reenacting chokehold used on Elijah McClain before he died.
EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - FILE - In this Tuesday June 23, 2020, file photo protesters gather near the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond's iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself.  But since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the area has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity for demonstrators protesting against police brutality and racism. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, FILE)

Judge won't participate in 2nd lawsuit over Lee statue

Jul. 3, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has recused himself from participating in a lawsuit filed by six Richmond residents opposed to Gov. Ralph Northam's order to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has become the focal point of protests over police brutality and racism. The Richmond...

Mexican army kills 12 gunmen in city along Texas border

Jul. 3, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican army soldiers said Friday they came under fire from drug cartel gunmen in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, and returned fire, killing 12 gunmen. The Defense Department said three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire, but no troops were hurt....