• Burning Man mulling mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for August

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Burning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year’s counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert.

  • Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

    Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation.

    Updated: 8:26 pm

  • EXPLAINER: Training limits officer’s choice for deadly force

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The second-guessing of a Columbus police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl Tuesday as she swung a knife toward another girl began just seconds after the last shot, as bystanders demanded to know why the officer had fired his gun. It continued on social media as observers questioned why a stun gun wasn’t used, why the officer didn’t try to shoot the girl in the leg instead, or why he didn’t try to otherwise disarm her.

  • Sheriff: Deputy who killed man during warrant is on leave

    ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina deputy shot and killed a Black man while serving a search warrant Wednesday, authorities said, spurring an outcry from community members who demanded law enforcement accountability and the immediate release of body camera footage.

    Updated: 7:09 pm

  • Businesses scramble for help as job openings go unfilled

    NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like something to celebrate: small businesses posting “Help Wanted” signs as the economy edges toward normalcy. Instead, businesses are having trouble filling the jobs, which in turn hurts their ability to keep up with demand for their products or services.

  • George Floyd and Emmett Till families see parallels in loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Black Chicago teen’s lynching in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement. A Black Minneapolis man’s killing by police last year propelled a worldwide call for racial justice and ending police brutality.

  • US ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department is cancelling oil and gas lease sales from public lands through June amid an ongoing review of how the program contributes to climate change, officials said Wednesday.

    Updated: 4:30 pm

  • Jill Biden visits Southwest US amid vaccine push

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden has kicked off a three day visit to the U.S. Southwest on Wednesday with a tour of a vaccination clinic in New Mexico, where early efforts to get people registered for shots helped to propel the state’s standing as a national leader in vaccine distribution.

    Updated: 4:10 pm

  • Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known in America: From slavery to Jim Crow segregation to enduring punishments for living while Black, a breath of fresh air untainted by oppression has long been hard to come by.

    Updated: 2:30 pm

  • AP PHOTOS: Looking back at fiery George Floyd protests

    The protests raged night after night, starting in Minneapolis and swiftly spreading across the U.S. and around the world in the days after George Floyd’s death.

    Updated: 1:30 pm