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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 ...

Peaceful protests continue into weekend around California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protesters marched, paddled, cycled and even staged "die-ins" as outrage over the death of George Floyd expressed itself in peaceful but colorful ways around California. Crowds ranging from hundreds to thousands thronged the streets Friday in downtown Los Angeles, San ...

No ‘silver lining’: Trump faces voter backlash amid crises

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At the end of one of his most turbulent weeks in office, President Donald Trump was eager on Friday to boast of a better than expected jobs report to argue the country is poised for a booming recovery. Benjamin Lund was not moved. The 45-year-old Milwaukee man is a ...

VIRUS DIARY: A cancer survivor takes comfort in her piano

NEW YORK (AP) — Since mid-March, when my NYC friends and I began sheltering at home, my piano has been a big source of comfort. I pound out the keys to Broadway tunes ("On My Own" from "Les Miserables") and classical music (Rachmaninoff and Haydn). I even break into song, mostly off-key, ...

Pandemic accelerates Mormon missionaries’ transition online

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) — Wearing dress shirts, ties and name tags, three missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sit around the kitchen table inside a Utah apartment planning how they'll spread their gospel that day. Seth Rather, a 19-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, ...

U.S. moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in ...