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San Diego County to pay $8.1 million for unarmed man’s death

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County will pay $8.1 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot in the back by a sheriff's deputy after he jumped out of a patrol car. The county and the family of Nicholas Bils agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit on June 20, the San Diego ...

Mississippi new laws: Tax cut, teacher pay raise, state song

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several new laws take effect in Mississippi on Friday, which is also the first day of the new state budget year. TEACHER PAY In the new budget year, teachers will receive raises that average about $5,100, and assistant teachers will receive $2,000. Mississippi's ...

Marijuana, facial recognition, other laws take effect July 1

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Most of the legislation passed earlier this year by the divided Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin will take effect Friday. That includes measures that lifted a sweeping ban on facial recognition technology, expanded hunting ...

Hundreds protest Roe decision in Sioux Falls, some arrests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police in Sioux Falls used smoke bombs to try to disperse hundreds of people protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Police Chief Jon Thum said there were a "couple of arrests" during the demonstration Wednesday night in downtown Sioux ...

Tax breaks, trans athletes, more: Tennessee laws kicking in

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennesseans prepare to enjoy fireworks and cookouts over the long weekend, a long slate of new state laws affecting transgender athletes, which books can be in school libraries, homeless camps, and harsh criminal sentences will go into effect Friday. In Tennessee, ...

Lawsuits target Virginia school board sex-assault response

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia's largest school system with allegations that it ignored students' accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by a student ...

Ex-Michigan governor takes the 5th at Flint water trial

DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder invoked his right against self-incrimination Thursday and declined to answer questions at a civil trial arising from lead contamination in Flint's water in 2014-15. Snyder was called as a witness in federal court in Ann Arbor, two days after ...

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism’s conservative wing

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at a time when it has an unprecedented Catholic supermajority. That's not a coincidence. Nor is it the whole story. The justices who voted to overturn Roe have been shaped by a church whose catechism affirms "the moral evil of every procured abortion" ...

Treasury blocks $1 billion trust owned by Russian oligarch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Thursday it has blocked a $1 billion Delaware-based trust connected to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Abusaidovich Kerimov. The move comes after the U.S. seized a $325 million superyacht — the 348-foot-long Amadea — tied to Kerimov ...

80 people in Oregon’s federal prison go on hunger strike

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's federal public defender says dozens of people inside the state's only federal prison have been on a hunger strike protesting conditions inside the facility. "We heard last week that some incarcerated people had started a hunger strike, and the government ...

Republicans square off in raucous Arizona governor debate

PHOENIX (AP) — Development attorney Karrin Taylor Robson called for leaving behind the 2020 election and focusing on the future while former news anchor Kari Lake doubled down on the lie that former President Donald Trump lost because of fraud as the Republican candidates for governor squared ...

Buttigieg launches $1B pilot to build racial equity in roads

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday launched a $1 billion first-of-its-kind pilot program aimed at helping reconnect cities and neighborhoods racially segregated or divided by road projects, pledging wide-ranging help to dozens of communities despite the ...

Slain California police officers memorialized at funeral

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Family members, friends and members of law enforcement attended a funeral Thursday for two Southern California police officers slain earlier this month while investigating a report of a possible stabbing. El Monte Police Department Officer Joseph Santana, 31, and Cpl. ...

2nd trial set for Aug. 9 for 2 men charged in Whitmer plot

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday set Aug. 9 for a second trial for two men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. A jury in April acquitted two other men but couldn't reach a unanimous verdict for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. They were described as leaders of a ...

Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives. The Food and Drug Administration said the original vaccines would be used for anyone still getting their first series of shots. ...

Biden notched gains at summit; returns to turmoil at home

MADRID (AP) — The dissonant realities of President Joe Biden's second year in office were on display Thursday as he wound up a five-day trip to Europe that highlighted both the key U.S. role in mounting a strong allied response to Vladimir Putin's aggression and the domestic turmoil that is ...

Prosecutors: ‘Tiger King’ star trafficked endangered animals

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — "Tiger King" star Bhagavan "Doc" Antle has been charged with buying or selling endangered lemurs, cheetahs, and a chimpanzee without the proper paperwork, federal prosecutors in South Carolina said Thursday. The latest charges are on top of money laundering counts, ...

Supreme Court to hear case on state authority over elections

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case that could dramatically change the way elections for Congress and the presidency are conducted by handing more power to state legislatures and blocking state courts from reviewing challenges to the procedures and results. The justices ...

California advances bid to create legal drug injection sites

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move follows more than a year of legislative consideration, ...

Beshear denounces near-total abortion ban as ‘extremist’

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear on Thursday denounced a Kentucky law designed to impose a near-total ban on abortions as "extremist," pointing to the lack of exceptions for rape and incest victims as he pushed back on an issue that Republicans have made a policymaking ...