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White nationalist’s lawyer wants out of rally violence case

A leading white nationalist told a judge on Thursday that his notoriety has made it difficult for him to raise money for his defense against a "financially crippling" lawsuit that names him as an organizer of a rally in Virginia that erupted into violence in 2017. Richard Spencer's attorney ...

Judge: Reopen Puerto Rico school cafeterias or face arrest

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A judge on Thursday gave Puerto Rico's education secretary 24 hours to open all public school cafeterias in the U.S. territory or face arrest as impoverished students struggle to obtain free meals amid the pandemic. The ruling is the latest development in a ...

Watchdog: Agency misspent money meant for migrant care

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated the law when it misspent money appropriated for migrant care on items like all-terrain vehicles, boats and its police dog program, according to a federal investigation. The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report ...

Chicago investigating officers ‘lounging’ during unrest

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a dozen Chicago police officers and supervisors were captured on video "lounging" inside a burglarized congressional campaign office and even appeared to be making popcorn and brewing coffee as people vandalized and stole from nearby businesses as protests and unrest ...

Experts: Police ‘woefully undertrained’ in use of force

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — Seattle officers hold down a protester, and one repeatedly punches him in the face. In another run-in, officers handcuff a looting suspect on the ground, one pressing a knee into his neck — the same tactic used on George Floyd. The officers were captured on videos ...

2 accused in ex-Nissan boss escape scheme fight extradition

A former Green Beret and his son accused of smuggling ex-Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box are fighting their extradition to the country, arguing the offense is not a crime there. Michael and Peter Taylor are wanted in Japan on allegations that they helped Ghosn flee ...

‘We need help’: Small cities face fiscal calamity from virus

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Unfilled potholes, uncollected trash, un-mowed grass and, most significantly, fewer police on the street are some of what Allentown says it's contemplating unless Washington helps it plug a multimillion-dollar budget hole left by the coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania's ...

Coronavirus means few young whooping cranes for fall release

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically reducing the number of young whooping cranes to be released this fall to help bring back the world's rarest cranes. Zoos and other places where the endangered birds are bred have had to cut not only staff size but use of two techniques ...

Man married to missing kids’ mom charged with hiding remains

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors charged an Idaho man Wednesday with destroying or concealing two sets of human remains after police said they uncovered children's bodies at his home while searching for evidence in the disappearance of his wife's two kids. The remains, found at Chad Daybell's ...

`He is going to change the world’: Funeral held for Floyd

HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was lovingly remembered Tuesday as "Big Floyd" — a father and brother, athlete and mentor, and now a force for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice. Hundreds of mourners ...

U.S. challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic’s radio

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. government will try to stop a company's planned salvage mission to retrieve the Titanic's wireless telegraph machine, arguing the expedition would break federal law and a pact with Britain to leave the iconic shipwreck undisturbed. U.S. attorneys filed a legal ...

San Francisco offers money to aid victims of police violence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Victims and witnesses of police violence will be eligible for funeral expenses, help with medical bills, counseling and other services under a policy San Francisco's liberal top prosecutor announced Tuesday. The policy change by District Attorney Chesa Boudin comes as ...

Human remains found at property of man tied to missing kids

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Human remains have been found at an Idaho man's home that was searched Tuesday during an investigation into the disappearance of his new wife's two children — a case that has vexed investigators since last year and attracted worldwide attention. Chad Daybell, who ...

George Floyd protests spread to smaller, mostly white towns

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk, Nebraska, is a quiet, conservative and predominantly white city of 24,000 people where public protests are rare, except for an annual rally against abortion. So when about 300 people gathered on a busy street corner last weekend to voice their outrage at the death ...

Report: NYC police misconduct often involves minority youths

NEW YORK (AP) — The vast majority of complaints about New York City police officers' mistreatment of youths stemmed from encounters with black and Hispanic children, according to a new study by the city's police watchdog agency. Nearly two-thirds of youth complaints to the Civilian Complaint ...

Crews inspect, but won’t yet remove, Richmond’s Lee statue

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Crews were dispatched Monday morning to inspect Richmond's huge statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee before its planned removal. While protesters have managed to topple some other Confederate statues and some cities have moved swiftly to remove what critics see as symbols of ...

Officer charged in Floyd’s death has 1st court appearance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer charged with second-degree murder in George Floyd's death was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Derek Chauvin, 44, is also charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 25 death. Floyd, a ...

Few incumbents face primary challenges on S. Carolina ballot

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of marquee races on either party's ballot have left 2020 a quiet primary season in South Carolina. The only statewide primary Tuesday sees Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham seeking the nomination for a fourth term against three ...

Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has formally clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, setting him up for a bruising challenge to President Donald Trump that will play out against the unprecedented backdrop of a pandemic, economic collapse and civil unrest. "It was an honor to compete ...

U.S. cardinal at Vatican prays for Floyd, and America’s future

ROME (AP) — The highest-ranking American cardinal at the Vatican on Friday deplored the "unjust" killing of George Floyd, saying it laid bare that the Christian principles of the U.S. Constitution aren't being applied to black people. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who heads the Vatican's laity ...