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The Latest: Thousands gathered peacefully in St. Paul, Minn

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 3rd - 4:05am

Several thousand people congregated at the state capitol in St. Paul for a peaceful protest Tuesday, organized by high school students in metro area.

Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests

Jill Colvin and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:42pm

Cloaking himself in religion for the second day in a row, President Donald Trump sought to seize the moral authority to justify his hard line against demonstrators protesting the killing of another black man in police custody and at the same time mobilize his religious conservative base.

AP sources: White House softens on sending troops to states

Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire, Michael Balsamo and James Laporta, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:18pm

A day after threatening states that he would dispatch the military to quell protests, President Donald Trump appeared to be privately backing off his threat to deploy troops, with White House officials saying this week’s response to demonstrations across the country indicated that local governments should be able to restore order themselves.

Faithful rally: Utah church leaders call for justice and change

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 9:18pm

Numerous faiths congregated in front of First United Methodist Church in downtown Salt Lake City for a rally over the death of George Floyd.

Trump tries religious gestures to hike support amid protests

Jill Colvin and Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 4:23pm

Cloaking himself in religion for the second day in a row, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to seize the moral authority to justify his hard line against demonstrators protesting the killing of another black man in police custody and at the same time mobilize his religious conservative base.

Man gets 10-month sentence for threatening Muslim politician

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 11:53am

with the handle “DaDUTCHMAN5″ — that posted the threat against Rashid, according to the affidavit. The post was accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the infamous 1915 lynching of a Jewish man, Leo Frank, in Marietta, Georgia.

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 11:44am

A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church after police removed peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House. The remarks came even as most Republicans continued to avoid any disapproval of the president.

Afghan official: Kabul mosque bombed, 2 dead, 2 wounded

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:30am

A bomb exploded inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killing two people, including the mosque's prayer leader, and wounding two others an official said.

Pelosi urges Trump to be 'healer in chief' as protests rage

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 9:15am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to be a “healer in chief” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged “racism in America” as the wrenching debate fueling protests over the treatment of black people in the United States arrived in Congress.

Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries 'lowlifes'

Zeke Miller and Matt Sedensky, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 1:34am

Undeterred by curfews, protesters streamed back into the nation’s streets Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pressed governors to put down the violence set off by George Floyd’s death and demanded that New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.”

Trump offers 'domination' of DC protests as model for states

Zeke Miller, Jonathan Lemire and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 10:36pm

Claiming he is backed by a “silent majority," President Donald Trump turned the nation’s capital into a model for the overwhelming force he believes critical to stop sometimes-violent protests that have spread across the country in a time of racial unrest. His tactics were decried Tuesday by some fellow Republicans as well as his presumptive Democratic opponent.

Tear gas, threats for protesters before Trump visits church

Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 10:31pm

It began with Attorney General Bill Barr standing with his hands casually in his pockets, not wearing a tie, surveying the scene at Lafayette Park across from the White House, where several thousand protesters had gathered for more demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd.

Biden blasts Trump's 'narcissism' in new phase of campaign

Steve Peoples and Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 10:17pm

Joe Biden mounted one of his most aggressive attacks against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, deriding the commander in chief's disregard of core constitutional values and blistering him for being “more interested in power than in principle.”

Tear gas, threats for protesters before Trump visits church

Jill Colvin and Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 7:43pm

It began with Attorney General Bill Barr standing with his hands casually in his pockets, not wearing a tie, surveying the scene at Lafayette Park across from the White House, where several thousand protesters had gathered for more demonstrations after the police killing of George Floyd.

President Nelson 'deeply saddened' over 'evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life'

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 1st - 4:34pm

In a social media post on Monday, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said the church is joining “with many throughout this nation and around the world who are deeply saddened at recent evidences of racism and a blatant disregard for human life.”

Black Liberty U. alums rebuke Falwell after blackface tweet

Elana Schor and Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 12:10pm

Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor last year.

'Welcome Back!' Several famed museums reopen across Europe

Raf Casert and Peter Dejong, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 1st - 11:26am

In the Netherlands, the intimate gaze of the Girl with the Pearl Earring can once again startle and entice visitors. Down in Spain, the rusty maze of steel sheets by Richard Serra is a wonderland anew for art lovers. And at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Creation of Adam can drop jaws like it has done for ages.

Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 10:26am

Afghan official says bombing of mosque in capital Kabul kills one, wounds three, including prayer leader.

Turkey seeks to arrest 118 military personnel over coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 2nd - 2:40am

Prosecutors in Istanbul issued warrants on Tuesday for the detention of 118 military personnel over their suspected links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric as authorities pressed ahead with a crackdown on a network Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt in 2016.