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AP Explains: Confederate flags draw differing responses

Public pressure amid protests over racial inequality forced Mississippi to furl its Confederate-inspired state flag for good, yet Georgia's flag is based on another Confederate design and lives on. Why the difference? The Confederacy used more than one flag while it was fighting the United ...

El Paso shooting suspect faces more federal charges

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man accused of shooting scores of people at a Texas Walmart last summer was indicted Thursday on new federal hate crime and gun charges following the death of another person injured in the attack. A grand jury returned a new indictment against Patrick Wood Crusius, ...

Justice secretary resigns as Puerto Rico turmoil deepens

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's political turmoil deepened Thursday as the island's newest justice secretary resigned in the wake of an investigation targeting the U.S. territory's governor, who remains under scrutiny. Wandymar Burgos, who took over the position a week ago, said ...

Appeals court pauses lawsuit over Trump hotel profits

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Financial records related to President Donald Trump's Washington hotel can be kept on hold, a federal appeals court said Thursday, while Trump asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that accuses him of illegally profiting off the presidency. The ...

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world’s most remote reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the ...

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing’s crew capsule

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing's space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year's test flight. In closing out the seven-month investigation, NASA officials said Tuesday they have now identified 80 ...

Andrew Jackson statue loses status in city named for him

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city named after former U.S. President Andrew Jackson will remove a downtown statue of him and put it in a less prominent spot. The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, voted 5-1 Tuesday to relocate the bronze figure that has stood outside City Hall for ...

Street mural painted after demonstrators demand justice

BOSTON (AP) — Volunteers using yellow paint began filling in a Black Lives Matter street mural on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people used the Fourth of July holiday to call for justice on behalf of Black victims of police violence. Demonstrators carried signs saying "Defund The Police" ...

Trump’s leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the elegant East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores. "It was evil," Trump ...

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million. The numbers are similarly skewed in other ...

Herman Cain treated for COVID-19 after attending Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday. It's not clear when or where Cain was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after ...

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden ‘no victory yet’

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history. U.S. unemployment is at one of its worst points since the Great Depression. Both are true. As Republicans and Democrats fought to spin Thursday's jobs numbers to their advantage, both sides face ...

Military chief: Troops were issued bayonets in DC unrest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense ...

One officer shown in Elijah McClain photos resigns

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — One of the police officers investigated over photographs connected with the death of Elijah McClain in Colorado has resigned, Aurora police said Thursday. In a tweet, the department said that Jaron Jones was one of those depicted in the photos, which were taken sometime ...

Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers ...

Locals: South Dakota police removed Confederate flag emblem

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota police department has removed a decal from its squad cars that featured a Confederate battle flag next to an American flag, according to local residents. Dave Mogard, the police chief in Gettysburg, a small city named after the famous Civil War battle, ...

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a ...

California reverses course from reopening amid virus surge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It was a simple family get-together; a wedding gathering. About 30 people went out to dinner. Half came down with the coronavirus. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told that anecdote Wednesday as California reversed its economic reopening for much of the state in ...

Military chief: Troops were issued bayonets in DC unrest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed a report by The Associated Press that some of the service members who were mobilized to Washington, D.C., last month in response to civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd were issued bayonets. Defense ...

Weinstein reaches tentative $19M deal with accusers

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state's attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said Tuesday. The agreement was announced by New York Attorney ...