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The Latest: George Floyd's uncle decries violent protests
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times local):

Trump adds fuel to protest fires with denounced tweet
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump added fuel to racial fires Friday as he threatened to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis “under control,” calling violent protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody “thugs” and reviving a civil-rights era phrase fraught with racist overtones.

The Latest: New York City to begin reopening June 8
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Protests over George Floyd's death spread across the nation
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:45 pm

Developments across the United States in connection with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody:

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man's neck charged with murder
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder.

Powell: Fed to soon begin 'challenging' Main Street lending
Posted: May 29, 2020 - 1:21 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged Friday that the Fed faces a major challenge with the launch in the coming days of a program that will lend to companies other than banks for the first time since the Great Depression.

Biden: George Floyd's death shows 'open wound' of US racism
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Friday that the "open wound” of systemic racism was behind the police killing of a handcuffed black man in Minnesota. Biden also accused President Donald Trump, without mentioning him by name, of inciting violence with a tweet that warned that protesters could be shot.

Twitter obscures, warns on Trump tweet 'glorifying violence'
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:46 pm

Twitter escalated tensions with President Donald Trump on Friday, adding a warning to one of his tweets for the first time and saying he violated the platform’s rules by glorifying violence when he suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot.

Ruling means Missouri's last abortion clinic stays open
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:31 pm

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic will be able to keep operating after a state government administrator decided Friday that the health department was wrong not to renew the license of the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.

Probe: Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:31 pm

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said in a report obtained by The Associated Press.

U.S. spending, virus cases after reopenings cloud outlook
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plummeting U.S. consumer spending and rising coronavirus cases in some parts of the country that are reopening businesses highlighted Friday the rough road ahead for a hoped-for economic rebound during the pandemic.

Mother of Louisville police shooting victim calls for peace
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 12:30 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to defuse tensions in Louisville over the fatal shooting of a black woman by police who broke down her door, the victim's mother on Friday called on protesters to continue demanding justice but to do it in “the right way without hurting each other."

Stocks slip on Wall Street but still headed for weekly gain
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 12:16 pm

Stocks fell in afternoon trading on Wall Street Friday as investors worry that the U.S. and China could be headed for another confrontation, this time over the autonomy of the former British colony of Hong Kong.

Minnesota governor apologizes for arrest of CNN crew
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 12:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized to CNN, saying he takes total responsibility for the arrest of one of the network's crews Friday as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 12:02 pm

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into deep recession.

Fed lockup where Epstein died gets harsh coronavirus review
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 11:31 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Prisoners with COVID-19 symptoms were neglected and ignored as the outbreak rippled through the federal detention center in Manhattan where financier Jeffrey Epstein died last summer, according to a doctor who performed a court-authorized inspection of the facility this month.

AP PHOTOS: Rage in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 11:45 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The protesters raged through the night, invoking the name of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air.

Parents settle lawsuit over disabled son's forced baptism
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 11:16 am

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The parents of a disabled Ohio teen have settled a lawsuit against a church and others over what they said was the boy's forced baptism at a picnic in 2016, the parents' attorneys said.

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 10:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 10:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks sure to intensify with the number of people receiving the aid now topping 30 million — one in five workers.

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 10:02 am

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate.

VIRUS DIARY: For boy with Down syndrome, new path of therapy
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 8:02 am

PHOENIX (AP) — The speech therapist held up a book of animals. Our 4-year-old looked curiously at her across the Zoom call screen.

AP PHOTOS: Street art offers beauty, a laugh, some hope
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:04 pm

Scrawled or masterfully crafted on walls and roads are messages of hope and warning.

New drugs make headway against lung, prostate, colon cancers
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 12:02 pm

Doctors are reporting success with newer drugs that control certain types of cancer better, reduce the risk it will come back and make treatment simpler and easier to bear.

Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus changes Marine training
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 7:01 am

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The booming shouts of the rain-soaked Marine recruits echo across Leatherneck Square training field, barely muffled by their masks. And as they jog by, belting out responses to drill instructors in a rhythmic cadence, the white fabric across their faces is the only telltale sign of the coronavirus' effects on their quest to become Marines.

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 5:31 am

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news:

Officer accused in Floyd's death opened fire on 2 people
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 2:33 am

A white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck opened fire on two people during his 19-year career and had nearly 20 complaints and two letters of reprimand filed against him.

George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station afire
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 1:01 am

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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.

Thursday 05/28/2020
Chinese grad students may be next hit by US-China tensions
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 11:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials in the latest signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are raging over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and the status of Hong Kong.

White House punts economic update as election draws near
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 11:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has taken the unusual step of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration's anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election.

Asia shares fall as US-China tensions douse rally on Wall St
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 11:16 pm

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Friday in Asia after Wall Street’s rally petered out amid worries about flaring U.S.-China tensions.

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage
Updated: May 29, 2020 - 3:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy.

North Carolina governor: RNC hasn't submitted safety plan
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

North Carolina's governor said Thursday that his administration hasn't received the written safety plan for the upcoming Republican National Convention requested by his health secretary in response to President Donald Trump's demands for a full-scale event.

Lives Lost: Veteran guarded Nazis during war crimes trial
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:02 pm

Emilio DiPalma was, as he liked to say, just a kid from western Massachusetts when he found himself in a front-row seat to history as a courtroom guard in Nuremberg, Germany, during the first and most famous trial of Nazi war criminals in 1945.

Police, experts condemn knee restraint used on George Floyd
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

Police around the nation and law enforcement experts on Thursday broadly condemned the way George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody this week, was restrained by an officer who dug his knee into the man's neck, saying no circumstances warrant such a dangerous technique.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in March.

Trump escalates war on Twitter, social media protections
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his war on Twitter and other social media companies Thursday, signing an executive order challenging the lawsuit protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon.

Court orders defiant Michigan barber to close his shop
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 5:45 pm

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan court on Thursday ordered a barber to close his shop and stop defying the state's coronavirus restrictions, though he vowed to keep cutting hair.

White House punts economic update as election draws near
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House took the unusual step on Thursday of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration's anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election.

Suits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 5:06 pm

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

'Feisty' 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 5:06 pm

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — “Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

Chinese grad students may be next hit by US-China tensions
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials in the latest signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are raging over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, human rights and the status of Hong Kong.

Missouri Great Clips sites close after virus-related threats
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 5:18 pm

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Great Clips has temporarily closed its salons in Springfield, Missouri, after receiving threatening messages following the news that two of its hairstylists who tested positive for the coronavirus might have exposed 140 clients to the illness.

Cancer, coronavirus are a dangerous mix, new studies find
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 7:46 pm

New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. Those who developed COVID-19 were much more likely to die within a month than people without cancer who got it, two studies found.

Failed Maduro coup leader flew on pro-govt magnate's plane
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 3:45 pm

MIAMI (AP) — It was mid-January and Jordan Goudreau was itching to get going on a secret plan to raid Venezuela and arrest President Nicolás Maduro when the former special forces commando flew to the city of Barranquilla in Colombia to meet with his would-be partner in arms.

House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 3:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses, giving them more flexibility to use federal subsidies for other costs and extending the lifespan of the program as the economy continues to struggle.

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges
Updated: May 28, 2020 - 3:16 pm

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands.

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