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2 New Orleans statues toppled, 1 vandalized with red paint

2 New Orleans statues toppled, 1 vandalized with red paint

NEW ORLEANS --At least two statues of prominent historical figures were pulled from their pedestals in New Orleans and another has been covered with red spray paint, authorities said Friday.Statues of John McDonogh, who built a fortune on slave labor and left it to educating children, and Charles Didier Dreux, the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War, were toppled late Thursday. A monument celebrating educator and philanthropist Sophie B. Wright was spray-painted with “BLM,” which stands for Black Lives Matter, and a hood placed over that statue's head.Mayor LaToya Cantrell's...

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4 children die when semi slams into car on Indiana highway

4 children die when semi slams into car on Indiana highway

2:42CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. --Four young siblings were killed when a semitrailer slammed into their car that had slowed down for a construction zone on Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana, state police said.The car was pushed into another semitrailer and burst into flames Thursday evening. A passerby was able to pull the car’s driver from the vehicle and he was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with severe injuries, state police spokesman Sgt. John Bowling said.The semitrailer failed to slow down for traffic that was approaching the construction zone near Cambridge City about 15 miles west of the...

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French man accused of molesting 305 Indonesian children

French man accused of molesting 305 Indonesian children

2:42JAKARTA, Indonesia --Indonesian authorities have arrested a French man for alleged sexual abuse of minors after finding videos on his laptop computer showing him molesting over 300 children, police said Friday.Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said Francois Camille Abello was arrested late last month in a hotel room where he was found with two naked girls.He said police had received a tip-off from nearby residents who suspected a foreigner at the hotel was exploiting children.Abello could face death by firing squad if found guilty under child protection laws, Yunus said.Abello, a...

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Police: 2nd man charged in death of 11-year-old girl

Police: 2nd man charged in death of 11-year-old girl

2:14ANDERSON, S.C. --A second man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of an 11-year-old South Carolina girl last year, authorities said.Desmond Bruton, 21, was charged Thursday with murder, four counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, news outlets reported.Burton was being held at the Spartanburg County jail on an unrelated armed robbery charge. He was taken to Anderson County jail Thursday.Bruton is the second person to be charged in the June 2019 death of Ja’Naiya Scott. Stephen Braden Powell, 18, was charged with the same crimes in...

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Multiple protests against French minister accused of rape

Multiple protests against French minister accused of rape

2:14PARIS --Women’s rights activists are calling for protests Friday in about 50 cities in France and abroad against President Emmanuel Macron’s appointment of a new interior minister who is accused of rape and a justice minister who has minimized the #MeToo movement.The actions started Friday morning in Dijon, where new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Prime Minister Jean Castex were meeting with police. A dozen feminists held out banners and signs condemning Darmanin and rape culture.Feminist group Nous Toutes announced other actions in Paris and other French cities as well as at...

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Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

1:03A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report a suspected coronavirus case.As Egyptian authorities fight the swelling coronavirus outbreak, security agencies have tried to stifle criticism about the handling of the crisis by the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.At least 10 doctors and six journalists have been arrested since...

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Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search

Missing Seoul mayor's body found after massive search

2:14SEOUL, South Korea --Police say the body of the missing mayor of South Korea’s capital, Seoul, has been found. They say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him. Park’s daughter had called police on Thursday afternoon to report him missing, saying he had given her a “will-like” message before leaving home. A police officer said Park's body was found near a traditional restaurant and banquet hall located in the hills. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak...

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Feds seek to keep guns seized after West Texas mass shooting

Feds seek to keep guns seized after West Texas mass shooting

DALLAS --Prosecutors are seeking to keep dozens of guns and firearm accessories seized from a man whose home was searched last year following a mass shooting in West Texas that left more than 20 people injured and seven dead.Lawyers for the Justice Department have asked a federal court to grant the government permanent possession of 29 pistols, rifles and gun parts taken from the Lubbock home of Marcus Anthony Braziel. Court records value the guns at more $11,000.The search of Braziel's home last September came days after another man drove through Odessa and Midland, neighboring cities 140...

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Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

4:22RICHMOND, Va. --Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Wednesday.Herring said the project to test rape kits — some decades old — began in 2015. Since then, 2,665 rape kits have been tested, 851 new DNA profiles have been uploaded into a national DNA database and 354 “hits” have been sent to law enforcement agencies for further investigation.Rape kits are used to collect DNA and other physical evidence from rape victims.“Eliminating this backlog means that a...

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Street shooting leaves 4 dead, 3 wounded in New Jersey

Street shooting leaves 4 dead, 3 wounded in New Jersey

PATERSON, N.J. --A street shooting in a northern New Jersey city left four men dead and three others wounded, authorities said Wednesday.The gunfire in Paterson, about 15 miles northwest of New York City, erupted shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Four victims found at the scene were taken to a hospital, where they all died a short time later, authorities said.The Passaic County prosecutor's office identified the victims as Al Malik Williams, 37; Otis Smith, 37; Unique Jones, 22, and 25-year-old Nygier Barrett. All were Paterson residents.Three other victims went to the hospital on their own a...

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Hong Kong inaugurates Beijing's national security office

Hong Kong inaugurates Beijing's national security office

HONG KONG --Beijing’s national security office was inaugurated in Hong Kong on Wednesday, just over a week after China's central government imposed a tough new law on the city that critics view as a further deterioration of freedoms promised to the former British colony.The inauguration came as Hong Kong’s education bureau announced Wednesday that schools must not allow students to play, sing or broadcast the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” because it contains political messages. Last week, the city criminalized the pro-democracy slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” under...

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Video shows facility staff restraining Black teen who died

Video shows facility staff restraining Black teen who died

At least seven men forcibly restrained a teenager who had a heart attack and died two days later. The staffers at a youth facility in Michigan held down the boy's arms and legs and sat on him as he screamed that he couldn't breathe, an attorney representing the boy's estate said Tuesday.Surveillance video footage from the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo shows 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks being pushed to the floor and held down by staff members because he threw a sandwich in the cafeteria. About a dozen teenagers can be seen sitting in the cafeteria at the time.The video was released...

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US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

2:07ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --Officials at one of the nation’s premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium.Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Monday that 15 workers were being evaluated after a breach involving a gloved box that was being used to handle the material. The incident happened in June.The area inside the plutonium facility was secured and there was no risk to public or safety, lab officials said in a statement sent to The Associated Press."Laboratory employees responded promptly and appropriately and cleared the room in a safe manner,”...

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Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber

Dutch police arrest 6 men, uncover makeshift torture chamber

THE HAGUE, Netherlands --Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced Tuesday.Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding.The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals that were cracked recently by...

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Confederate flag emblem removed in South Dakota community

Confederate flag emblem removed in South Dakota community

0:18GETTYSBURG, S.D. --Officials have confirmed that a logo that included a Confederate flag has been removed from police department cars, buildings and patches in a small South Dakota community named for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.Mayor Bill Wuttke and the City Council issued a joint statement Monday night that said police Chief Dave Mogard has removed the logo from all uniforms, vehicles and buildings.Local residents had earlier said that the department removed decals from its squad cars that featured a Confederate battle flag next to an American flag. Mogard last week had declined to...

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Police fatally shoot gunman at VA hospital in Milwaukee

Police fatally shoot gunman at VA hospital in Milwaukee

2:07MILWAUKEE --A man armed with a shotgun was killed by police as he tried to enter a Milwaukee veterans hospital, according to Department of Veterans Affairs officials.The man was stopped by VA police outside an entrance to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center about 8:40 p.m. Monday. Police ordered him to drop his gun, but he refused and threatened police, who fired multiple shots, authorities said.He was taken to the hospital's emergency department, where he died, officials said. No one else was injured, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm...

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In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

2:09ATLANTA --Georgia's 26 public universities and colleges will mandate campus-wide mask wearing after the state university system reversed itself on Monday.The University System of Georgia had previously told schools they should “strongly encourage” students and others to wear masks, but said that the system's 26 universities couldn't mandate face coverings for their 330,000 students despite concerns about COVID-19 transmission.Masks became a central point of contention in part because all the universities, at the behest of regents, are planning face-to-face instruction for all students...

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Rickey Smiley's daughter injured after being shot in Texas

Rickey Smiley's daughter injured after being shot in Texas

HOUSTON --Atlanta-based radio host and comedian Rickey Smiley said Monday that his daughter was hospitalized after being shot in Houston while on her way to Whataburger to get something to eat.“My youngest daughter was shot last night,” said Smiley, host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. “I’m just so angry right now.”Smiley said that his daughter, Aaryn, was “going to be fine.” He said he was headed to Houston to be with her.Houston police have reported an incident in which a woman was shot in her vehicle Sunday night but have not released her name.Police have said three men and a woman...

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Deep undersea earthquake widely felt in Indonesia, no damage

Deep undersea earthquake widely felt in Indonesia, no damage

5:43JAKARTA, Indonesia --A deep undersea earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Tuesday, but no injuries or serious damage were reported.The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 6.6 magnitude and was centered about 94 kilometers (58 miles) north of Batang, a coastal town in Central Java province. It was about 528 kilometers (328.5 miles) deep.The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the temblor was 6.1 magnitude and did not cause a tsunami.Daryono, an agency's official who goes by a single name, said people felt mild...

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Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week

Tell-all book by Trump niece to be released next week

NEW YORK --A tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece that has been the subject of a legal battle will be released next week.Publisher Simon & Schuster cited “high interest and extraordinary interest” in the book by Mary Trump titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” The book was originally set for release on July 28, but will now arrive on July 14.The revised date, announced Monday, came after a New York appellate court cleared the way for the book's publication following a legal challenge by Trump's brother.The White House did not...

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Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

2:46BERLIN --The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in , according to the finance ministry in Berlin.The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from opposition Left Party lawmaker Brigitte Freihold. The reply was obtained Monday by The Associated Press, and was first reported by German news agency dpa.The German government paid a total of 982.4 million euros ($1.1 billion) between 2010 and 2019, according to the finance ministry. Of that, 648.5 million euros went into construction work.Last...

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Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court

Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court

SEATTLE --The man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a discussion on whether he can be released on bail.Dawit Kelete, who is black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a group of Black Femme March demonstrators, hit two people and sped away at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police said.The Seattle man was the owner of the Jaguar XJL and was alone in the car, according to a Washington State Patrol report submitted to the court late Saturday.The...

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UK sanctions Russians, Saudis under new Magnitsky powers

UK sanctions Russians, Saudis under new Magnitsky powers

LONDON --Britain on Monday announced economic sanctions against individuals and organizations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and under new U.K. powers to punish human-rights offenders.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the sanctions targeted those behind “some of the notorious human rights violations in recent years.”They include senior Saudi intelligence officials accused of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and Russian authorities implicated in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Moscow prison after exposing...

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Former officer charged in Floyd's death posts $750K bond

Former officer charged in Floyd's death posts $750K bond

1:20MINNEAPOLIS --A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records.Tou Thao, age 34, is the third former officer accused in Floyd's death to be released on bond. He posted $750,000 bond on Saturday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. All four officers on the scene of Floyd's death have been fired and face criminal charges.Floyd, who was Black and handcuffed, died May 25 while being arrested. A white police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd begged for...

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Police: Men yelled racial slurs at Black family in Oregon

Police: Men yelled racial slurs at Black family in Oregon

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. --Seven men were arrested after police say they taunted a Black family by yelling racial slurs and using Nazi salutes during a Fourth of July incident in an Oregon beach town.The men challenged police to a fight when officers arrived to the beach in Lincoln City and set off fireworks that were banned, police said.They were arrested on suspicion of charges including riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with police and possession of illegal fireworks, the Oregonian reported.The men are from Clark County, Washington, police said. They were cited and released.The men...

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