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Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel on Thursday recommended that Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten be paroled after serving nearly five decades in prison. After a hearing at the women's prison in Chino, California, commissioners of the Board of Parole Hearings found for the fourth ...

Police blocked from arresting observers in Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge specifically blocked U.S. agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at the ongoing Portland, Oregon, protests that have sparked confrontations between local officials and President Donald Trump over the limits ...

John Lewis funeral to be held at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist

ATLANTA (AP) — The funeral for the late civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis will be held Thursday at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once led. Lewis' family announced that the funeral will be private, but the public is invited to pay ...

Ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death faces tax evasion counts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd was charged Wednesday with multiple felony counts of tax evasion. Derek Chauvin and his wife, Kellie May Chauvin, were each charged in Washington County with six counts of filing false ...

Sierra Club calls out founder John Muir for racist views

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sierra Club is calling out its founder, naturalist John Muir, for racist remarks he made more then a century ago as the influential environmental group grapples with a harmful history that perpetuated white supremacy. Executive Director Michael Brune said Wednesday ...

US wildlife agency rejects protections for rare fish species

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials on Wednesday rejected special protections for a rare, freshwater fish related to salmon that's been at the center of a long-running legal dispute, citing conservation efforts that officials say have increased Arctic grayling numbers in a Montana ...

Guidance for masks in schools varies widely across US states

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School districts that plan to reopen classrooms in the fall are wrestling with whether to require teachers and students to wear face masks — an issue that has divided urban and rural schools and yielded widely varying guidance. The divide has also taken on political ...

FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable Puff Bar vapes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are cracking down on a brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never received permission to sell them in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday telling the company to remove ...

Trump’s trouble in suburbs key to suddenly competitive Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — During a background briefing with reporters in December, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign team gave only passing mention of Ohio. Certainly no one suggested a full-scale fall advertising strategy for the state he carried convincingly in 2016. But less than four ...

Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero’

WASHINGTON (AP) — People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn't care much for what he had to say. A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young ...

Rabbi: Cannon ‘genuinely concerned’ after apology, meeting

A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon says the television host and producer is "genuinely concerned about the hurt" he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to work together to reject hate. Cannon apologized to the Jewish community this week for his "hurtful and divisive" ...

Lawyer: Trump’s delay moves over taxes harms probe of others

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to stall the release of his personal and corporate taxes to a New York state grand jury is jeopardizing the criminal probe of other individuals and entities and could "kill this case," an attorney told a judge Thursday in urging fast ...

Space station power upgrades nearly finished after spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed their part of a three-year power upgrade to the International Space Station on Thursday, replacing six more outdated batteries with powerful new ones. It was the third spacewalk in as many weeks involving battery work by NASA's ...

Dershowitz as law group’s keynote speaker faces backlash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The selection of famed trial attorney Alan Dershowitz to deliver the keynote at this year's Alaska Bar Association annual convention is being criticized by members upset over Dershowitz's past defense of men like Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz seems an ...

Mosquitoes flying free as health departments focus on virus

Bug spray, swollen welts, citronella. It's mosquito season. And in a normal year, the health department serving Ohio's Delaware County would be setting out more than 90 mosquito traps a week — black tubs of stagnant water with nets designed to ensnare the little buggers. But this year, ...

Investigators: Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions

DALLAS (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to married U.S. Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million. Army investigators ...

Ill. woman who killed 5-year-old son begs judge for mercy

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois woman who beat her young son for most of his life and padlocked him in his bedroom where he died alone in the dark, his head bearing the outlines of the shower head she struck him with, on Thursday portrayed herself as a loving mother as she begged for mercy ...

Agency throws curveball in largest U.S. dam demolition plan

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators on Thursday threw a significant curveball at a coalition that has been planning for years to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. The ...

US official visits Portland, calls protesters ‘anarchists’

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, just hours after issuing a scathing statement that called the protesters who have taken to the streets every night for nearly two months "violent anarchists" and a "violent mob" that ...

Report: Pot arrests still fall heavily on Hispanics, Blacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of felony marijuana arrests in California continued to decline in 2019 in the age of legalization, but another trend remained unchanged: those arrests fell disproportionately on Hispanics and Blacks, state data showed. The California Department of Justice, in an ...