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Lawsuit alleges excessive force in fatal police shooting

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sister of a man fatally shot by a Tennessee police officer last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court alleging excessive force. Channara Tom Pheap, 33, was running away and “posed no ...

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Innocent Florida inmate to be released after 37 years

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who has spent the last 37 years in prison on a rape and murder charge was ordered released Thursday, after officials discovered new evidence that proved his innocence. Robert Duboise, who is 56, ...

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Sheldon Silver begins prison sentence in corruption case

FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves the court in New York where he was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges. On Thursday, July 13, 2017, a federal appeals court overturned Silver's corruption conviction, saying the judge's instructions on law weren't consistent with a recent Supreme Court ruling. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, once one of the most powerful politicians in the state, started his prison sentence Wednesday after years of fending off going behind bars. Silver, 76, reported to a federal ...

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17-year-old arrested in killing of 2 people in Kenosha

A protester takes cover during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. Protests continue following the police shooting of Jacob Blake two days earlier. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

KENOSHA, Wis. — A white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested Wednesday in the killing of two people gunned down during a third night of protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse, of ...

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Kids-for-cash judge loses bid for lighter prison sentence

A federal judge upheld the 28-year prison sentence of a disgraced Pennsylvania judge who locked up thousands of juvenile offenders while he was taking kickbacks from the owner and builder of for-profit detention centers, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Mark Ciavarella, a ...

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Jacob Blake’s dad says son left paralyzed by police shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Black man shot multiple times, apparently in the back, by police in Wisconsin is paralyzed from the waist down and has “eight holes” in his body, the father of victim Jacob Blake said. The shooting ...

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Floyd’s death sparks new activism among communities of color

Ze Thao, second from right, addresses a Black Lives Matter rally for George Floyd with fellow Hmong activist Youa Vang Lee, center, at the Minnesota State Capitol, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. The climate of racial reckoning that has emerged in the United States since Floyd’s death has reinvigorated Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and other people of color to fight back against the racism and discrimination they also have experienced for decades.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

When Washington, D.C.’s NFL team dropped the offensive reference to Native Americans from its name last month after decades of resistance, activist Frances Danger knew why: the Black Lives Matter movement. Danger said the change would never have happened without ...

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Republican convention showcases rising stars, dark warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rising generation of Republican stars offered an optimistic view of President Donald Trump’s leadership but was undermined on the opening night of the GOP’s scaled-back convention by speakers issuing dark warnings about the country’s future and ...

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FDA chief apologizes for overstating plasma effect on virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to an outcry from medical experts, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn on Tuesday apologized for overstating the life-saving benefits of treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma. Scientists and medical experts have been pushing back ...

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Falwell says he’s resigned from Liberty University

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. said Tuesday that he has submitted his resignation as head of evangelical Liberty University. Falwell confirmed his departure in an interview with The Associated Press a day after the school said he had ...

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Police shooting of Black man stirs unrest in Wisconsin city

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha became the nation’s latest flashpoint city in a summer of racial unrest after police shot and wounded a Black man, apparently in the back, as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat ...

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Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic

In this April 21, 2020, file photo the Marathon Petroleum Corp. refinery is shown in Detroit. Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Thousands of oil and gas operations, government facilities and other sites won permission to stop monitoring for hazardous emissions or otherwise bypass rules intended to protect health and the environment because of the coronavirus outbreak, The Associated Press has found. ...

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