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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Embracing religious themes, Trump visits John Paul II shrine

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump toured a Catholic shrine on Tuesday in his second straight religious-themed appearance as the nation grappled with widespread unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Critics said the president was misusing religious symbols for partisan purposes. The...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden blasts Trump's 'narcissism' in new phase of campaign

Jun. 2, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Biden mounted one of his most aggressive attacks against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, deriding the commander in chief's disregard of core constitutional values and blistering him for being “more interested in power, than in principle.” “He thinks division...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads from the Bible, as she reacts to President Donald Trump during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi to Trump: Be a 'healer in chief'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” and not a “fanner of the flame” as the nation reels from mass protests over the treatment of black people in the United States. Pelosi, reading from Bible scripture...

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing in Washington. Sasse spoke out Tuesday, June 2, against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

GOP senator: Trump used ‘Word of God as a political prop'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. Police used tear gas to clear peaceful...

President Donald Trump walks from the White House through Lafayette Park to visit St. John's Church Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Tear gas, threats for protesters before Trump visits church

Jun. 2, 2020 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It began with Attorney General Bill Barr standing with his hands casually in his pockets, not wearing a tie, surveying the scene at Lafayette Park across from the White House, where several thousand protesters had gathered for more demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd....

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper listens to a question during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

Jun. 2, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor said Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back Charlotte convention because of the coronavirus pandemic, with the national Republican chairwoman responding that organizers would begin visiting other potential host cities. Gov. Roy Cooper, a...

Police begin to clear demonstrators gathered as they protest the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr: Law enforcement must ‘dominate’ streets amid protests

Jun. 2, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials vowed to “maximize federal law enforcement presence” in the nation’s capital after days of violent demonstrations led to fires across Washington and left scores of businesses with broken windows and dozens of police officers injured. In a call with...

Marty Goetz, right, and Diane White, prepare the voting screens as they start to set up a polling place Monday, June 1, 2020, for the voting for Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary in Jackson Township near Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

9 states, DC vote amid coronavirus pandemic, social unrest

Jun. 2, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

Voters are navigating curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting on Tuesday as elections take place from Maryland to Montana. Four states were originally scheduled to vote in April but delayed their contests because of the coronavirus outbreak. Pennsylvania offers the day's biggest trove of...

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DC Episcopal bishop: 'I am outraged' by Trump church visit

Jun. 2, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington sharply criticized President Donald Trump for staging a visit to the historic St. John's Church across from the White House, where he held up a Bible after authorities had cleared the area of peaceful protesters. The Rev. Mariann Budde, whose diocese St. John's...

In this Monday, June 1, 2020, photo, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr., speaks during the Utah Gubernatorial Republican Primary Debate in Salt Lake City. Huntsman Jr. has one of the most recognizable names in the state as a former popular governor and son of a billionaire philanthropist. He stepped down as U.S. ambassador to Russia under Donald Trump to return to Utah and make a run and reclaiming his seat. (Ivy Ceballo/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)

Utah governor race has conservative coronavirus fault lines

Jun. 2, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A few months ago, the crowded contest for the Republican nomination in Utah’s first wide-open governor's race in more than a decade was about how to manage the state’s breakneck growth. Now, it's showcasing conservative fault lines over the coronavirus crisis response...

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US cities erupt in more violence as Trump decries `lowlifes'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on governors to quell the violence set off by the death of George Floyd, demanding New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.” As cities around the U.S. witnessed a seventh straight night of...

Protesters clap their hands outside the courthouse Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Paris. Thousands of people defied a police ban and converged on the main Paris courthouse for a demonstration to show solidarity with U.S. protesters and denounce the death of a black man in French police custody. The demonstration was organized to honor Frenchman Adama Traore, who died shortly after his arrest in 2016, and in solidarity with Americans demonstrating against George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The Latest: Court invalidates South Africa's virus measures

Jun. 2, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. — JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa’s lockdown regulations have been declared invalid...

People wait outside as a poll worker prepares the voting place before the polls open for the Pennsylvania Primary election, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania primary begins amid unrest, pandemic

Jun. 2, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is holding a primary election Tuesday amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of new voting machines in some counties and the debut of mail-in balloting that has pushed county election bureaus to their limits. Department of State spokeswoman Wanda Murren said the...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Biden blasts Trump's 'narcissism' in new phase of campaign

Jun. 2, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Biden mounted one of his most aggressive attacks against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, deriding the commander in chief's disregard of core constitutional values and blistering him for being “more interested in power, than in principle.” “He thinks division...

FILE - In this May 5, 2020, file photo Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing in Washington. Sasse spoke out Tuesday, June 2, against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

GOP senator: Trump used ‘Word of God as a political prop'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump's use of the Bible “as a political prop” as the president warned protesters he would deploy the U.S. military to end violent protests against police brutality. Police used tear gas to clear peaceful...

US court orders Iran, Syria liable for attacks in Israel

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. court has ruled that Iran and Syria are liable for compensation for American citizens wounded and killed in a series of attacks by Palestinians in Israel, including the killing of a U.S. Army veteran. Judge Randolph D. Moss in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Embracing religious themes, Trump visits John Paul II shrine

Jun. 2, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump toured a Catholic shrine on Tuesday in his second straight religious-themed appearance as the nation grappled with widespread unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Critics said the president was misusing religious symbols for partisan purposes. The...

People observe social distancing as they take part in a demonstration in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to protest against the recent killing of George Floyd, police violence and institutionalized racism. Floyd, a black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis, U.S.A., after being restrained by police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The Latest: Attorney says drugs in Floyd's system irrelevant

Jun. 2, 2020 2:01 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: — Family attorney calls drugs in George Floyd's system irrelevant to his death. — Kennedy Center to dim lights for 9 nights...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., reads from the Bible, as she reacts to President Donald Trump during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi to Trump: Be a 'healer in chief'

Jun. 2, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called on President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” and not a “fanner of the flame” as the nation reels from mass protests over the treatment of black people in the United States. Pelosi, reading from Bible scripture...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo, protesters rallying against police brutality surround a Louisville Metro Police Department officer in front of Bearno's restaurant, in Louisville, Ky. The protest organizers surrounded the officer and joined arms to make sure that the crowd did not touch him. The protesters were demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in her home in Louisville in March.   (Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal via AP)

Police: Video shows man killed in Kentucky fired a gun

Jun. 2, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Video shows that a popular barbecue shack operator fatally shot while police and National Guard soldiers were enforcing a curfew in Louisville fired a gun as officers approached his business, the city’s acting police chief said Tuesday. The video showing David McAtee opening...