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Ex-Minnesota cop faces hearing in shooting of Daunte Wright

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Daunte Wright's family members joined with community leaders Thursday in calling for more serious charges against a white police...

Mayor calls for calm before police shooting video’s release

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged the public Thursday to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until an independent board can complete its...

Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand as testimony at his murder trial ended Thursday, passing up the...

EXPLAINER: Here’s why Derek Chauvin won’t testify at trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death said Thursday that he won't testify in his own...

Son, father appear in court for hearing in 1996 killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart and the defendant's father,...

Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film

MILAN (AP) — The great-grandchildren of Guccio Gucci, who founded the luxury fashion house that bears his name a century ago in Florence, are...

Daunte Wright, slain by police, known as jokester, young dad

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A few years ago, Daunte Wright was talking to a high school mentor about what to do if he was pulled...

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white former suburban Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter for killing 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte...

Mom suspected in children’s deaths pleads in carjacking case

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California woman suspected of killing her three children pleaded not guilty Wednesday to carjacking during an alleged escape. ...

Defense expert blames George Floyd’s death on heart trouble

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for...

Prosecutor: Missing student killed during 1996 rape attempt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The suspect in the 1996 disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart killed her while trying rape her in his...

Officer in Black man’s killing: from leader to defendant

In a matter of days, the white police officer who fatally shot a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb went from being a respected...

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part...

Daunte Wright: Doting dad, ballplayer, slain by police

Daunte Wright became a father while he was still a teenager, and seemed to relish the role of a doting young dad, his family...

EXPLAINER: Why outside prosecutors review killings by police

BOSTON (AP) — A white former police officer is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, just three days...

Hospital: Niger elementary school fire kills 20 children

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A fire fueled by high winds swept through an elementary school on the outskirts of Niger's capital, killing 20 children,...

Man pleads guilty as juvenile to murder of Santa Cruz girl

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old California man pleaded guilty under juvenile justice terms to the murder of a neighbor girl in 2015. ...

‘Prime suspect’ arrested in 1996 disappearance of student

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime suspect in the 25-year-old disappearance of California college student Kristin Smart was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder...

Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Officer Derek Chauvin was justified in pinning George Floyd to the ground because he kept struggling, a use-of-force expert testified...

Parolee who shot Nevada deputy gets up to 61 years in prison

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to up to 61 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to shooting a...

Michigan police shocked by convicted murderer’s release

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area man who was convicted of killing his first wife and whose second wife died under suspicious circumstances was granted...

San Diego police shoot, kill armed man inside dumpster

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego SWAT officers shot and killed an armed man who led police on a lengthy car chase before driving...

Ex-officer appeals 20-year sentence for killing Black man

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former police officer serving 20 years in prison for killing an unarmed Black man in South Carolina who...

Biden, lawmakers pay tribute to slain Capitol Police officer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy" Evans was lauded for his dedication to country, love for his job and for...

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a weekend traffic stop accidentally drew her firearm instead of a...

EXPLAINER: Prosecution explores Floyd’s ‘spark of life’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put one of Floyd’s brothers on the witness stand...

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended...

Expert: Chauvin did not take actions of ‘reasonable officer’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors’ case against former Officer Derek Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from George Floyd’s younger brother, along...

Twins, Wolves, Wild postpone games following police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In the raw aftermath of another killing of a Black man by police in Minnesota, there was no place for pro...

Suspect arraigned in shooting at Missouri convenience store

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A weekend shooting at a southern Missouri convenience store killed a truck driver from California and critically injured three other...

Robert Durst murder trial resumes May 17 after virus delay

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The murder trial of eccentric New York real estate heir Robert Durst will resume next month after more than a...

Coroner identifies 3 young siblings killed in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified the three young children who were killed in a gruesome slaying in Los Angeles over the weekend....

Man charged with murder in Missouri convenience store attack

KOSHKONONG, Mo. (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of one person and the wounding of three more at...

Prosecutors seek 5-year term for ex-leader of neo-Nazi group

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Virginia are seeking a five-year prison sentence for a former neo-Nazi group leader who pleaded guilty to...

Mother arrested after 3 children found slain in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of three children — all under the age of 5 — found slain inside a Los Angeles apartment...

Authorities: Iowa patrol trooper slain amid violent standoff

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A 27-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol was shot and killed during a violent standoff with a man who...

California News Digest 1:30 pm

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be...

Ex-officer’s trial in Floyd’s death shows courtroom tactics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death has introduced viewers from around the world...

Motive unclear in deadly shooting at Texas cabinet business

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas were still seeking a motive Friday for what led an employee at a cabinet-making company to open...

US: California militia members tried to thwart killing probe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four members of a California militia group associated with the anti-government “boogaloo” movement were indicted Friday on charges of conspiracy...

Medical examiner blames police pressure for Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chief medical examiner who ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide testified Friday that the way police held him down and...

EXPLAINER: ‘Contributing’ factors in Floyd death key to case

CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors charged with determining the cause of an individual's death try to learn all they can about the person's life, medical...

‘Blue wall of silence’ takes hit in Chauvin’s murder trial

Police accused of wrongdoing can usually count on the blue wall of silence — protection from fellow officers that includes everything from shutting off...

Peter Manso, biographer of Mailer and Brando, dies at 80

TRURO, Mass. (AP) — Peter Manso, a writer and longtime Cape Cod resident known for his exhaustively researched books and articles, including biographies on...

Police: Employee kills 1, wounds 5 at Texas cabinet business

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A man opened fire Thursday at a Texas cabinet-making company where he worked, killing one person and wounding five others...

Police offer $100K in Bay Area child missing 5 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five years after a toddler vanished and her mother was found slain, San Francisco police Thursday offered a $100,000 reward...

Orange County inmate convicted in daring jail escape

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — One of three men accused of carrying out an elaborate escape from a Southern California jail has been convicted...

EXPLAINER: Why would an expert witness go without pay?

CHICAGO (AP) — Experts in medicine can command thousands of dollars when they testify in American courtrooms, but prosecutors made a point of letting...

Mom who pleaded guilty to son’s killing seeks new hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the torture and killing of her 8-year-old son is...

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, medical...

1 dead, 1 critical in shooting at South Lake Tahoe home

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Police at South Lake Tahoe are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another in critical...

Ex-Florida State football player accused of killing man

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida State football player was involved in a scuffle with his girlfriend hours before he fatally...

Man accused of strangling “I-5 Strangler” won’t face death

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of strangling the California serial killer known as the “I-5 Strangler” won't face the death penalty, a...

Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd’s neck area

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck area — and was bearing down with most of his...

Man who placed wife’s body in front of kids guilty of murder

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who killed his wife and propped up her body on a sofa as her children...

Judge orders release of ex-Dallas cop arrested in killings

DALLAS (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a former Dallas police officer accused of ordering two killings in 2017 after...

Son arrested after mother’s body found in LA-area trash bin

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (AP) — The son of a 75-year-old woman found dead in a Los Angeles-area trash bin has been arrested on suspicion...

Santa Barbara detectives reopen 1975 cold case investigation

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Detectives are reopening the investigation into the decades-old unsolved killing of a teenage boy near Santa Barbara with the...

EXPLAINER: Trial highlights Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death are hearing from investigators from the Minnesota...

Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are taught to restrain combative suspects with a knee on their back or shoulders if necessary but are told...

2-year-old boy, 7 adults wounded in latest Chicago shootings

CHICAGO (AP) — A 2-year-old boy was shot in the head Tuesday morning while riding in a car on Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive...

Floyd’s family takes its seat in ex-officer’s murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of George Floyd's family often occupies a reserved seat in the back corner of the Minneapolis courtroom where former...

Police identify 6 people dead in Texas murder-suicide pact

DALLAS (AP) — Authorities have identified six people found dead in a suburban Dallas home in what police said was an apparent murder-suicide plot. ...

Jury deadlocks in case against man with body in truck

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California jury deadlocked Monday on a murder charge against a man who authorities say was discovered with his...

EXPLAINER: Minneapolis chief has sought to reform department

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo was a star witness for the prosecution Monday at the trial of a former officer charged...

Police chief: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck violated policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police chief testified Monday that now-fired Officer Derek Chauvin violated departmental policy — and went against “our principles and...

Gang involvement seen in weekend LA County shooting

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide investigators believe a weekend shooting that killed one man and wounded another was gang-related. ...

Transient held in fatal West Los Angeles vehicle assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transient used a vehicle to assault two other transients, killing one, in the West Los Angeles area, authorities said. ...

Man killed, another wounded in Compton shooting

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that killed one man and wounded another in Compton. ...

Capitol attack raises questions of security vs public access

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol, a challenge for Congress, nearly...

EXPLAINER: Legion of Chauvin prosecutors, each with own role

Viewers watching the trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with murder in George Floyd 's death may be struck by the array of...

Prison officials investigate death of inmate as homicide

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Prison officials are investigating as a homicide the death of a 33-year-old inmate, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation...

Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the...

AP source: Suspect in Capitol attack suffered delusions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol, killing one of them before...

Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest deadly breach of the Capitol’s perimeter could delay the gradual reopening of the building’s grounds to the public just...

Chauvin’s trial leaves many Black viewers emotionally taxed

For some it’s too much to watch. Others just can’t turn away. ...

Man charged with 4 counts of murder in California shooting

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A man was charged Friday with murder and attempted murder in a shooting rampage at a Southern California office building...

Long Beach police kill woman who pointed rifle at officers

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach police on Friday shot and killed a woman who pointed a rifle at them at home where...

The Latest: Flags at half-staff after Capitol officer killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Friday's lockdown at the U.S. Capitol complex (all times local): ...

Lieutenant: Kneeling on Floyd’s neck ‘totally unnecessary’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was top-tier, deadly force and “totally...

California man expected to have conviction overturned

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who has spent years behind bars for an alleged gang shooting is expected to have his...

Extremist kills self, her baby in Tunisia suicide bombing

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities said a female suicide bomber killed herself and her baby during counterterrorism operations in a mountainous zone in...

Floyd’s girlfriend recalls their struggles with addiction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd’s girlfriend tearfully told a jury Thursday the story of how they met — at a Salvation Army shelter where...

EXPLAINER: How Floyd’s ‘spark of life’ played out at trial

Prosecutors trying a white former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd’s death put Floyd's girlfriend on the witness stand Thursday in an effort to...

Justice Department working with tribes on missing persons

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Jermain Charlo vanished in June 2018. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal member hasn’t been seen since. ...

Police shoot and kill man they say charged at them

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Police shot and killed a 27-year-old man accused of attacking a Visalia officer after an officer who arrived at the...

EXPLAINER: Use-of-force experts evaluate Floyd arrest

Jurors on Wednesday saw Minneapolis police officers’ body camera footage showing how an initial confrontation over an alleged misdemeanor last year spiraled into George...

Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in NYC is arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was arrested on assault and hate crime charges in...

EXPLAINER: Video dominates trial in George Floyd’s death

CHICAGO (AP) — Video is playing a huge role in the early stages of the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in...

Black man’s death moves Georgia to end citizen’s arrest law

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a bill to repeal the state's citizen's arrest law, acting little more than a...

Ex-cop told onlooker Floyd was big, ‘probably on something’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After the ambulance took George Floyd away, the Minneapolis officer who had pinned his knee on the Black man’s neck defended...

2 views of Floyd onlookers: Desperate to help, or angry mob

To the prosecution, the witnesses who watched George Floyd’s body go still were regular people — a firefighter, a mixed martial arts fighter, a...

ICC judges uphold acquittal of former Ivory Coast president

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges on Wednesday upheld the acquittals of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former...

‘My soul is lighter’: Serial killer’s death brings closure

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Serial killer Joseph Edward Duncan III died in U.S. prison recently, having admitted to slaughtering seven people — including five...

Witnesses: Onlooker anger increased as Floyd stopped moving

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Onlookers grew increasingly angry as they begged Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin to take his knee off George Floyd’s neck, but Chauvin...

2 ex-Texas sheriff deputies indicted in Black man’s death

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two former Texas sheriff's deputies were arrested Tuesday on manslaughter charges in the 2019 death of a man whom they...

Slain Colorado officer remembered for service to others

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — From helping someone with a flooded basement after a water main break to collecting memorabilia for a boy with cancer...

Man sentenced for hiding brother who shot and killed officer

A man who tried to help his brother escape to Mexico after he shot and killed a police officer has been sentenced to nearly...

UK watchdog: Police acted correctly at vigil for slain woman

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. police watchdog said Tuesday that officers didn't behave “in a heavy-handed manner” when they broke up a vigil for...

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