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Record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States has more than doubled in the past four years — and those ranks could soon grow, thanks to a record field of LGBTQ candidates this year, according to new data from an advocacy and research group. The LGBTQ ...

Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution — for now

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government's second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Legal wrangling continued Wednesday night with execution ...

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both ...

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign reminiscent of the dark days of ...

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien. "I am pleased to announce that Bill Stepien has been promoted ...

Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling. The ...

Police charge suspect in slaying of 8-year-old Atlanta girl

ATLANTA (AP) — A teen suspect has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the shooting that killed an 8-year-old Atlanta girl near the site of an earlier police shooting, officials said Wednesday. Police issued warrants a day earlier for 19-year-old Julian Conley in the ...

Navy warship burning 4th day shows difficulty of ship fires

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four days after the initial spark, the fire on a U.S. Navy warship was still burning as firefighting sailors Wednesday inched their way deeper into its compartments in a painstaking search to find every smoldering hot spot. Experts say the stubborn fire on board the USS ...

Ex-officer in Hawaii sentenced for making man lick urinal

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him to imagine someone doing that to his two young daughters. The homeless man was just as defenseless and powerless as the ...

Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to ...

Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to "reform laws for plant and fungi medicines" by making natural ...

Feds to execute 1st inmate in 17 years for Arkansas murders

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, ...

21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Firefighters on land, in the air and on the water on Monday were still battling a blaze on a Navy ship that injured at least 21 people and sent smoke billowing over San Diego. The fire began Sunday morning in a vehicle storage area aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, according ...

2nd person of interest announced in death of 8-year-old girl

ATLANTA (AP) — Images of a second person of interest in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta were released late Sunday as police searched for at least two shooters believed to be responsible for her death. Authorities were also offering a $20,000 reward for information in the ...

Former Mueller prosecutor writing book on investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — A top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller has a book coming out this fall about the two-year investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump. Random House announced Monday that Andrew Weissmann's "Where Law Ends: ...

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct. The move came Saturday, ...

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of people of color on their campaign staffs, according to data the campaigns provided to The Associated Press. Twenty-five ...

AP FACT CHECK: If he’s said it once, he’s said it 100 times

WASHINGTON (AP) — If saying things 100 times could make them true, President Donald Trump's account of how the U.S. is doing with the coronavirus would be true. COVID-19 testing would be the envy of the world, the economy would be on the cusp of roaring back, the threat would be receding in ...

Fay becomes post-tropical cyclone over eastern New York

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm that brought heavy rain to mid-Atlantic states and southern New England was downgraded twice Saturday morning as is moved over New York, forecasters said. Post-tropical cyclone Fay was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Albany and had maximum sustained ...

Fargo activist finds support as he fights for racial justice

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Wess Philome didn't intend to become a prominent voice for racial justice in Fargo. But the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 created an urgency to do something. "The entire week my heart was just bleeding," he told Minnesota Public Radio News. "It felt ...