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The Latest: Tanker drives into crowd; no apparent injuries

May. 31, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the 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: ___ MINNEAPOLIS — Officials in Minnesota say no protesters appear to have been hit after a semitrailer drove into a crowd demonstrating on a freeway near...

A man holds a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, as protesters march down the street during a solidarity rally for George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Protests were held throughout the city over the death of Floyd, a black man in police custody in Minneapolis who died after being restrained by police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

'No justice, no peace': Protests resume in NYC for 4th day

May. 31, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials hoped for a peaceful way forward as the city entered a fourth day of protests against police brutality that have left police cars burned and hundreds of people under arrest. Thousands of people on Sunday again marched through multiple neighborhoods, chanting,...

Members of the Shiloh Christian Center pray, sing and speak in tounges on the

Officials see extremist groups, disinformation in protests

May. 31, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials sought to determine Sunday whether extremist groups had infiltrated police brutality protests across the country and deliberately tipped largely peaceful demonstrations toward violence — and if foreign adversaries were behind a burgeoning disinformation campaign on...

A woman helping to clean up downtown walks near graffiti Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Seattle, following  a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee sending more National Guard troops to Seattle

May. 31, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has dispatched an additional 200 National Guard troops to Seattle to help maintain order after protests over the killing of George Floyd turned violent, with looters smashing up storefronts and stealing clothes and other items from downtown shops. The mayors of...

A person wears a mask Sunday, May 31, 2020, with a message at the Minneapolis corner where George Floyd was restrained by Minneapolis police. Floyd died May 25 after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Walz: Minnesota attorney general to take lead in Floyd case

May. 31, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that the state's attorney general will take the lead in any prosecutions related to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe. ...

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Louisiana lawmakers near end of session, ready for another

May. 31, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers worked through a final stack of bills Sunday as they neared the end of a regular session upended by the coronavirus outbreak, agreeing to a broad expansion of the state's medical marijuana program and closing a budget gap created by the pandemic. A rapid...

A man walks on Lake Street while looking at businesses destroyed during riots and protests over the death of George Floyd,  Sunday May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Unrest devastates a city's landmark street of diversity

May. 31, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Along the miles-long Minneapolis street where more than a century of migrants have found their American footholds -- Germans, Swedes, Vietnamese, Somalis, Mexicans -- a new history can be traced. There’s the smoldering police station torched early Thursday morning by protesters...

FILE - This panel of 2020 file photos show Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The two will address an online event for the Maine Democratic Party on May 31 after the state convention in Bangor was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photos, File)

Sen. Bernie Sanders decries 'police murder,' demands justice

May. 31, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders told Maine Democrats on Sunday that “police murder is an outrage” and said that creating a system that values the dignity of all people “starts with justice for George Floyd.” The former Democratic presidential candidate told a...

Liverpool soccer team manager Jurgen Klopp waves as he arrives at the club's Melwood training ground after the English Premier League announced players can return to training in small groups as the coronavirus lockdown is eased Wednesday May 20, 2020. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Mets' Alonso: 'I will not remain silent' on racial injustice

May. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ New York Mets star Pete Alonso is the latest high-profile athlete to speak out against racial injustice in the wake of the death of George Floyd. “For the past couple of days, I’ve struggled to wrap my mind around...

Police chief: Protests in Raleigh devolved into 'anarchy'

May. 31, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's capital city is cleaning up after a night of protests over the death of George Floyd led to what the city's police chief described as “anarchy.” News outlets report police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray at protesters and journalists after...