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Robert Durst murder trial to resume in 2021 because of virus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California murder trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst is scheduled to resume before a jury in April after the multimillionaire rejected an offer Friday to let a judge decide his fate sooner. The case had been set to restart in July after a four-month delay ...

Ex-Houston officers indicted in wake of deadly drug raid

HOUSTON (AP) — A grand jury has indicted six former Houston police officers whose work with a narcotics unit has been under scrutiny since a 2019 drug raid in which a couple was killed, prosecutors announced Friday. Prosecutors allege that the former officers falsified documentation about ...

Rep. Greg Pence criticized for racist items sold at his mall

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Pence is coming under criticism for allowing the sale of objects with racist depictions of African Americans at a sprawling antiques mall he co-owns — and the issue has taken on particular significance as the Republican defends his congressional seat in ...

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the ...

Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

NEW YORK (AP) — A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn't make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday. The camp followed disinfecting rules and required staff to wear masks, ...

With time extension stalled, Census speeds up count schedule

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau sped up the timetable for crunching 2020 census numbers on Friday after an earlier request for an extension stalled in the Senate and as pressure mounts to turn in data used to determine congressional districts by year's end, when President Donald ...

DC releases police footage from 2018 deaths of 3 Black men

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from the D.C. Council, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department on Friday released long-sought body camera and security footage from the 2018 deaths of three young Black men in 2018. The release was compelled by an emergency police reform bill that Mayor ...

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole ...

Trump faces rare rebuke from GOP for floating election delay

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly tests the Republican Party's limits on issues including race, trade and immigration. On Thursday, he struck a boundary. GOP officials from New Hampshire to Mississippi to Iowa quickly pushed back against Trump's suggestion that it might be ...

US government drops effort to silence Trump’s ex-lawyer

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government dropped its effort to silence President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer on Thursday, saying it will no longer demand that Michael Cohen not speak with the media in the weeks before his book critical of his former boss is released. An agreement ...

Trump says he’ll help with funeral costs for slain soldier

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Thursday with the family of a soldier who investigators say was slain on the Texas Army base where she was stationed, saying it is a "terrible story" and that he would help with funeral expenses. The family of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, whose remains ...

Some educators of color resist push for police-free schools

DENVER (AP) — School districts nationwide are working to remove police officers from campuses, but some Black and Indigenous educational leaders are resisting the push prompted by the national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality. Some say the system is hamstrung by a ...

Oregon police try to tamp down nightly Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon police took over protecting a federal courthouse in Portland that's been a target of violent protests as local authorities try to tamp down demonstrations that have wracked the city every night for more than two months following the killing of George ...

Georgia governor backs out of hearing on Atlanta mask order

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor said he's withdrawing a request for an emergency hearing in a lawsuit that aims to block the state's largest city from ordering people to wear masks in public or imposing other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this month ...

Cosmetology students, hairstylists describe a race divide

NEW YORK (AP) — After repeatedly being denied service by high-end salons because her hair was perceived as "too difficult" to style, Kanessa Alexander took an unusual step. She opened a shop of her own in a predominantly white Boston neighborhood with four Black stylists serving all hair ...

Trump lawyers renew legal assault on tax records subpoena

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers filed fresh arguments Monday to try to block a criminal subpoena for his tax records, saying it was issued in bad faith, might have been politically motivated and calling it a harassment of the president. Lawyers filed a rewritten lawsuit in ...

AP-NORC poll: Anxiety props up Biden, Trump voters fervent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Murtice Sherek is not excited about Joe Biden. The Minnesota Democrat, a 79-year-old retired nurse, preferred another candidate in the presidential primary. She also worries about Biden's age, 77. But anxious about another four years of President Donald Trump, she says ...

Women reflect on sexist slur that often goes unpunished

Ask a woman if she's been called the B-word by a man — perhaps modified by the F-adjective — and chances are she'll say, "You mean ever, or how many times?" Because most women will tell you it's a pretty universal experience, especially if they've held a position of power in the workplace. ...

Douglas weakens, but Hawaii could still see severe impact

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii geared up on Saturday to face a hurricane that threatened to pummel the islands with dangerous surf, strong winds and flash floods even as residents grappled with escalating numbers of coronavirus cases. Powerful storms are familiar to many in Hawaii who have spent the ...