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EXPLAINER: Did Floyd really yell, ‘I ate too many drugs?’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the death of George Floyd tried Wednesday to show that Floyd yelled "I ate too many drugs" as three officers pinned him to the ground. Attorney Eric Nelson didn't get the clear confirmation he was ...

NRA boss says he didn’t tell group leaders before bankruptcy

DALLAS (AP) — Wayne LaPierre, the embattled leader of the National Rifle Association, said Wednesday that he put the powerful gun-rights group into bankruptcy without first informing most of its board members and top officials. LaPierre took the witness stand in the NRA's high-stakes ...

AP Exclusive: Northam endorses McAuliffe for Va. governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest's most coveted endorsements. Northam, who under Virginia law cannot seek a consecutive term in office, said ...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she ...

COVID testing blitz undermined screening, fight against STDs

WASHINGTON (AP) — After an unprecedented push to test and track COVID-19, public health workers are grappling with a worrisome side effect: a collapse in screening for sexually transmitted diseases that have been on the rise for years. Testing for diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea ...

US Rep. Alcee Hastings dies at 84; was impeached as judge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Rep. Alcee Hastings, the fiercely liberal longtime Florida congressman who was dogged throughout his tenure by an impeachment that ended his fast-rising judicial career, died Tuesday. He was 84. Hastings' death was confirmed by his chief of staff, Lale M. ...

EXPLAINER: How long did it take medics to reach Floyd?

As Derek Chauvin's defense attorney attempted to shift blame from the former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death, he questioned paramedics on delays in their efforts to resuscitate Floyd. But one paramedic told jurors that he thought Floyd was already dead when he checked for a ...

Harris: Vaccinated can be ‘role models’ for friends, family

CHICAGO (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday urged Chicago union members to share their experience receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and act as "role models" for family and friends who may be reluctant even as Illinois prepares to open access to all adults. Harris visited a vaccination ...

At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — At Walt Disney World, the smiles won't have to be hidden for much longer. Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos, the company said on its website. The change tweaks a requirement that all ...

Man, a steal! Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price. The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online auction and consignment company, announced ...