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New charges expected against former police officers over George Floyd death

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The three other Minneapolis police officers at the scene of George Floyd's death will face charges of aiding and abetting murder, the Minnesota attorney general is set to announce Wednesday, according to reports and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

State Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to also elevate charges against former...Read more

Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine does little to prevent COVID-19, trial finds

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An anti-malaria drug that has been trumpeted as a therapy for COVID-19 was unable in a University of Minnesota clinical trial to prevent the onset of the infectious disease.

The results of the nation's first randomized trial with the drug, hydroxychloroquine, against COVID-19 will disappoint doctors who had hoped for new therapies against the ...Read more

Movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys to open in some parts of Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida is moving to Phase 2 of reopening after the new coronavirus lockdown, with a reopening of movie theaters, bars and bowling alleys. But again, South Florida is excluded.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced that bars with outdoor seating would open Friday. So will movie theaters and bowling alleys, ...Read more

Florida coronavirus cases surge past 58,700 as state has biggest daily gain in 6 weeks

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MIAMI -- Florida's Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 1,317 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to more than 58,000. The state now has 58,764 confirmed cases of the disease.

Wednesday's daily total of newly confirmed cases is the highest the state has seen since April 17 when 1,413 cases were added. There were also...Read more

Gov. Newsom orders new California in-person voting rules for November election

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom gave California counties permission on Wednesday to limit their in-person voting operations for the Nov. 3 election as protection against the spread of the coronavirus -- but only if they also offer three days of early voting, a tradeoff some local officials said could be expensive and challenging.

The ...Read more

Minnesota attorney general to elevate charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck; other 3 cops to be charged

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Attorney General Keith Ellison plans to elevate charges against the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck while adding charges of aiding and abetting murder against the other three officers at the scene, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

Ellison is expected to ...Read more

George Floyd's death becomes a rallying cry for activists worldwide

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SINGAPORE -- The footage is stomach-churning: a half-dozen uniformed officers holding a man face down for several minutes as he gulps for air and screams, again and again, "I can't breathe." He falls unconscious and is pronounced dead a short time later.

The video is not of George Floyd, the black man who gasped those words as a white ...Read more

NC federal prison begins mass COVID testing after six inmates die in eight days

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After six coronavirus-related deaths over the past eight days, Butner officials have ordered mass testing for all inmates at a low-security prison in the federal correctional complex, according to an email obtained by The News & Observer.

Butner Warden Thomas Scarantino said in the email that the testing would take place ...Read more

9-year-old Kentucky boy dies after gun malfunction during target practice

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A child has died after being accidentally shot on Monday, Kentucky State Police said.

Jeremiah Fox, a 9-year-old Beattyville resident, was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after he was accidentally shot while target practicing with friends and family, police said. He died in the emergency room, according...Read more

Biden widens his lead over Trump during protests, pandemic

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Joe Biden further widened his lead over President Donald Trump as unrest gripped much of the country, up 11 percentage points over the incumbent in the latest Monmouth University poll.

The poll found that registered voters favored Biden 52% to Trump's 41%. Last month Biden led Trump 50% to 41% and in April, 48% to 44%.

"The race continues to ...Read more

Can sneaker resellers stop looters from profiting?

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LOS ANGELES -- High-end sneakers and other luxury goods have been targets of choice for thieves amid the unrest in cities across the nation on recent nights, as small groups of troublemakers took advantage of mostly peaceful demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in Minneapolis police custody.

But those...Read more

More than 20 shot over 12 hours in Chicago as gun violence remains high for second week

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CHICAGO -- More than 20 people were shot in Chicago over 12 hours Tuesday through early Wednesday as gun violence remains high across the city for the second week in a row.

In two of the overnight shootings -- on the Far South Side and South Side -- three or more people were wounded, according to police.

Shootings started spiking in Chicago ...Read more

South LA is largely untouched by unrest. That is by design

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LOS ANGELES -- In 1992, the last time Angelenos' rage over police brutality boiled into an uprising, large swaths of South Los Angeles burnt to the ground.

Angry mobs took to the street. Some looted shops and torched buildings. Fights broke out in the middle of the chaos. More than 60 people were killed -- by police, by other assailants or in ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein to testify about Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- As deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein oversaw the Russia investigation for two years, pushing back on White House criticism and declaring it wasn't the "witch hunt" that President Donald Trump had claimed.

Rosenstein, who appointed Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel in 2017 and supervised his work, is scheduled to ...Read more

Biden, rescued by black voters, now has to enthuse them

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Joe Biden's political resurrection in the race for the Democratic nomination was due largely to overwhelming support from black voters. Yet racial tensions laid bare by nationwide protests have revealed a problem for Biden in the November election -- he doesn't excite younger black voters who want change, not just a sympathetic ear.

Biden's ...Read more

'This is healing'; After three days of chaos and protest over Floyd killing, peace breaks out in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA -- On a day when black leaders called for police reforms, questions were raised about law-enforcement double standards, and the city was very much a political battleground in the presidential campaign, more than a thousand demonstrators gathered, marched, and danced peacefully in Philadelphia for several hours on Tuesday to protest ...Read more

Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

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In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.

In addition to rubber bullets -- which often have a metal core -- police have used tear gas, ...Read more

'They ignited the situation': Fort Lauderdale police fractured eye socket of peaceful protester

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MIAMI -- LaToya Ratlieff was stumbling away from a cloud of tear gas in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday -- choking, coughing and trying not to vomit -- when a police officer shot a foam rubber bullet at her head.

The round, traveling more than twice the speed of a Major League fastball, smashed into her face just above the right eye, opening...Read more

Cause of death: COVID-19, police violence or racism?

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Doctors and public health experts will tell you that, compared to white Americans, African American people die prematurely and disproportionately of many ills: heart disease, stroke, COVID-19, police violence.

The proximate causes of these early deaths vary. But there is a sameness to the pattern, experts say, and a common source of the skewed ...Read more

Lawmakers dust off old proposals on police overhauls

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WASHINGTON -- The policy ideas Democratic members of Congress will propose this month to address deadly police force have been around for years, but so has the opposition from law enforcement advocacy groups and the lawmakers who support them.

Rep. Steve Cohen first filed a bill to track incidents of deadly police force in the wake of unrest in...Read more