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Isolated and afraid, detained migrant kids worry about virus

HOUSTON (AP) — In the isolation wing of a U.S. detention center for immigrant families, a woman from El Salvador says her 8-year-old son asks her if they are going to die. With no toys in their room and no ability to leave the room except to use the bathroom, the boy sleeps much of the day ...

Obama returns to the campaign trail with Biden fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama raised more than $4 million from 120,000 individual donors ahead of his first fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The small dollar fundraiser Tuesday night will be held online and offers a fresh test of Obama's ability to ...

White parents of Black children navigate a changing nation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Izzy Simons has been fired up about the prospect of driving on his own. The 15-year-old has craved the freedom a license promises. He has proudly and effectively maneuvered the family's vehicles around the church parking lot and beyond, and he's confident he'll pass his ...

Rise in coronavirus cases brings new concerns in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Will Boyd was at the funeral Saturday morning for a relative who had died after contracting the new coronavirus when he got the call with the news. His brother had also passed away from COVID-19. "The virus is real. It's real. If they don't know it's real, they can ...

George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US

They say he hires protesters and rents buses to transport them. Some say he has people stash piles of bricks to be hurled into glass storefronts or at police. George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, is now being falsely ...

‘Why not a Black woman?’ Consensus grows around Biden’s VP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is facing growing calls to select a Black woman as his running mate as an acknowledgement of their critical role in the Democratic Party and a response to the nationwide protests against racism and inequality. The shifting dynamics were clear late Thursday when ...

Trump looks to reset campaign amid pandemic with Tulsa rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing ahead in a pandemic, President Donald Trump looked to reverse a decline in his political fortunes Saturday by returning to the format that has so often energized himself and his loyal supporters: a raucous, no-holds-barred rally before tens of thousands of ardent ...

DC protesters pull down, burn statue of Confederate general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation's capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery in the United States, amid continuing anti-racism demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in ...

Trump administration backs Idaho transgender sports ban

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recently passed Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports — the first such law in the nation — received backing on Friday from the administration of President Donald Trump. The support came in the form of a court filing submitted by the ...

Memorial held for federal officer shot at US courthouse

PINOLE, Calif. (AP) — Family and friends mourning a federal law enforcement officer who was fatally shot while guarding a U.S. courthouse in Oakland voiced poignant pleas Friday for an end to the violence that cut short his life, saying America needs to overcome discrimination and ...

Ex-businessman facing murder charges in Mumbai terror attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Chicago businessman imprisoned for aiding terrorist groups has been arrested in Los Angeles to face murder charges in India for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed more than 160 people, U.S. prosecutors said Friday. Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-born Canadian, ...

Judge OKs housing for 7,000 LA homeless living near freeways

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement in which the city and county of Los Angeles will provide housing for almost 7,000 homeless people who live near freeways and those over 65 or vulnerable to COVID-19, officials said Thursday. The city will provide 6,000 new beds ...

How black history is taught in schools faces new scrutiny

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For decades, when it was discussed at all, the killing of hundreds of people in a prosperous black business district nearly a century ago was referred to as the Tulsa race riot. Under new standards developed by teachers, Oklahoma students are urged to consider the ...

Former Baltimore mayor scheduled to plead guilty to perjury

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore's disgraced former mayor Catherine Pugh, who was embroiled in a scandal involving her "Healthy Holly" children's books, is expected to plead guilty to perjury Friday, the state prosecutor said. A plea hearing on the state misdemeanor charge is scheduled Friday ...

Young immigrants land court win but still face uncertainty

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld legal protections for young immigrants, but President Donald Trump could still take away the ability for hundreds of thousands of them to live and work legally in the United States. With no legislative answer in sight, that means the ...

Confederate obelisk removed from Georgia square amid cheers

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — With hundreds of people watching as midnight approached, a crane moved in and took down a Confederate monument that stood in the town square of an Atlanta suburb since 1908. The stone obelisk was lifted from its base with straps amid jeers and chants of "Just drop it!" ...

Tulsa mayor implements curfew around site of Trump rally

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has declared a civil emergency and set a curfew for the area around the site where President Donald Trump plans to hold a campaign rally this weekend. In his executive order establishing a curfew around the BOK Center from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ...

Black man to meet with police chief to discuss being cuffed

DENVER (AP) — A black man who was handcuffed by white police officers after they pointed a gun at a car with young children inside said he has agreed to meet with the Denver police chief this week after the case came to light in the wake of the George Floyd protests. Naphtali Israel told The ...

Arizona governor facing pressure to act as virus cases surge

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Arizona medical professionals is urging Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to take steps like requiring masks in public to slow a major increase in new coronavirus cases that has made the state a national hot spot. The state's top Democratic politicians are also on board, ...

Activists push for new police oversight board in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A couple hundred activists gathered outside of Chicago City Hall on Wednesday to call on the mayor and City Council to create a new elected board that would have the power to investigate and fire police officers. The activists hope to persuade Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the ...