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  Minneapolis police station torched amid George Floyd protest

A police spokesman confirmed late Thursday that staff had evacuated the 3rd Precinct station, the focus of many of the protests, “in the interest of the safety of our personnel" shortly after 10 p.m.

7 shot at Louisville protest over fatal police shooting

  Protesters set Minneapolis police station afire

Police across US speak out against Minneapolis custody death

Chase Elliott ends week of misery with overdue Cup victory

NSA: Russian agents have been hacking major email program

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

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  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

  Ohio state troopers chase runaway SUV on wild ride

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Trump escalating war on Twitter, social media protections

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Boston Marathon canceled; virtual race to take place instead

The marathon was previously postponed from April to Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

US: Transgender sports inclusion violates others’ rights

Connecticut's policy allowing transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports violates the civil rights of athletes who have always identified as female, the U.S. Education Department has determined.

Democrats pull surveillance bill after Trump veto threat

Democrats on Thursday pulled legislation from the House floor that would have extended FBI surveillance authorities after President Donald Trump and Republicans turned against the legislation, ensuring its defeat.

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  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

  VIDEO: Moose calf rescued from middle of raging Alaska river

  Officer injured in North Dakota shooting dies

CVS Health to test self-driving vehicle prescription delivery

  Sen. Kaine, wife have coronavirus antibodies, indicating earlier infection

  WATCH: Bear follows boy through mountains of Italy

The video shows the curious bear trailing the boy before eventually running off.

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

Olympic offices speculate October will be the time when “many thing will come clear in the process.”

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

The SpellPundit bee, with spellers competing from their homes over Zoom, concludes Thursday night, the same time the Scripps winner would have been decided.

GRAPHIC: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged, mayor says

Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in the death of George Floyd.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

  Mail-in voting could turn Election Day into Election Week

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

College student wanted in 2 Connecticut slayings is captured

Police in Duryea, Pennsylvania, said a firefighter spotted a man who matched the description of Peter Manfredonia behind the Germania Hose Co. shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday.

  North Carolina boy holds prom for his nanny

Curtis Rogers had not seen his nanny, Rachel Chapman, in two months because of COVID-19 and wanted to throw her a prom.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

Sam Johnson, ex-Texas GOP congressman and Vietnam POW, dies

Sam Johnson, a onetime prisoner of war in Vietnam and Republican Texas congressman who was the U.S. House’s oldest member when he stepped down in 2019 at age 88, has died.

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

  ‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

The launch puts Elon Musk's SpaceX on the cusp of becoming the first private company to put astronauts in orbit.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

  Police: 2 officers shot, woman found dead in North Dakota

Police say two law enforcement officers and a suspect have been shot and a woman was found dead at an apartment in a North Dakota city.

Twitter fact-checks Trump; he threatens new regs or shutdown

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets.

  Police: Soldier saved lives by stopping shooter on bridge

Leavenworth police chief Patrick Kitchens says officers responding to the Centennial Bridge Wednesday found one person with a gunshot wound and the suspect seriously injured under a car.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

  Ben & Jerry’s sends new ice cream into stratosphere

The ice cream maker sent a pint into the stratosphere on a balloon, some 20 miles above the Earth.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers’ consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died.

  GRAPHIC: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged, Minneapolis mayor says

The Minneapolis police chief said the department would conduct a full internal investigation, and prosecutors will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved.

  Australian zoo welcomes first koala joey since thousands died during bushfires, names it Ash

Australia’s bushfires took a devastating toll on the nation’s wildlife.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

Bertha forms, hits South Carolina coast, dissipates in a day

A tropical storm warning has been issued for South Carolina's coast and the storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Tuesday Morning becomes 5th big retailer to file Chapter 11; 230 stores to close

As part of the bankruptcy reorganization, the Dallas-based chain said Wednesday it plans to close approximately 230 of its 687 stores over the summer.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

NASA chief “all in” for Tom Cruise to film on space station

The space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said before Wednesday’s planned launch of two NASA astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket that Elon Musk’s company is already getting customers eager to blast off.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

  Good Samaritan rescues man from burning car, holds his hand while waiting for ambulance

A man in Massachusetts was caught on camera pulling a crash victim away from a burning vehicle.

  Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts for 5 days in June

Krispy Kreme is extending its free doughnut giveaway promotion to give customers more opportunities to swing by and pick up a sweet treat.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Protesters mass in Hong Kong as anthem law is debated

Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.

Suspension rust problem forces Mitsubishi to recall vehicles

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 223,000 vehicles in Canada and 22 cold-weather U.S. states because suspension parts can rust, detach and cause drivers to lose control.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

GE selling century-old lighting unit to Savant Systems

General Electric Co. Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp Jr. said in a statement Wednesday that the transaction is part of GE's ongoing process to be a more focused industrial company.

Jimmy Fallon apologizes for ‘SNL’ blackface appearance as Chris Rock in 2000

Jimmy Fallon apologized for a 20-year-old “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he appeared in blackface to impersonate former SNL cast member Chris Rock.

Japan police arrest man in Kyoto anime arson that killed 36

Shinji Aoba is accused of storming into Kyoto Animation's No. 1 studio on July 18 last year, setting it on fire and killing 36 people, and injuring more than 30 others.

  White House letter doesn’t explain why Trump fired watchdogs

A White House letter issued Tuesday in response to concerns from a prominent Republican senator does little to explain the decision-making behind Trump's recent upheaval of the inspector general community.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Body of 5-year-old boy who went missing on Memorial Day found in Calif. river

After an exhaustive overnight search, a family member spotted the boy’s body floating in the water.

  Wedding photography company refuses to refund money after bride-to-be dies

A wedding photography company refuses to refund a man after his fiancée died in a car accident.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  GRAPHIC: Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man

His death, which occurred Monday night after a struggle with police officers, was under investigation by the FBI and state agents.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

  Woman fired after backlash from racist park confrontation

A white woman has apologized for calling the police on a black man who was birdwatching in Central Park. Her dog was off leash against park rules.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

  In a first, Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Trump tweets

"My request is simple: Please delete these tweets," Timothy J. Klausutis wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

California sues over sex misconduct on ‘Criminal Minds’ set

The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years.