1 Dead and a Police Officer Is Injured in Memphis Shooting

MEMPHIS — One person was fatally shot and a police officer was critically injured on Thursday afternoon in what the authorities described on social media as a “police-involved shooting” at a library in Memphis. The Memphis Police Department, which has been under intense scrutiny after the beating that led to the death of Tyre Nichols … Read more

Former High-Profile Lawyer Is Charged With Embezzling More Than $18 Million

Tom Girardi, a former high-profile trial lawyer known for winning a record settlement for the environmental activist Erin Brockovich, has been indicted by federal grand juries in Los Angeles and Chicago on charges that he embezzled more than $18 million from clients, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Mr. Girardi was charged with five counts of wire … Read more

California Will End Its Covid State of Emergency in February

Perhaps you heard the announcement this week that President Biden plans to end the nation’s Covid public health emergency in May, signaling that the pandemic has moved into a less dire phase. California’s version is set to end even sooner. The state’s coronavirus emergency declaration will expire on Feb. 28, almost three years after it … Read more

Inside the College Board’s Revised African American Studies Curriculum

Reparations. Black Lives Matter. Queer studies. These are just a few of the concepts the College Board included in a pilot of its Advanced Placement African American Studies course, but which do not appear in the final course materials, released on Wednesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican with presidential ambitions, previously announced that … Read more

Oregon Man Wanted in Torture of Woman Killed 2 People, Police Say

An Oregon man sought by the authorities in the brutal torture of a woman last week also killed two men before he fatally shot himself in a standoff with the police on Tuesday night, officials said. The man, Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, who worked as a bartender in Grants Pass, Ore., was accused last week … Read more

A Police Reform Bill Named for George Floyd Is Back in the Spotlight

As mourners filled the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis on Wednesday to pay tribute to Tyre Nichols, lawmakers, clergy and activists found themselves again calling on Congress to act. The death of Mr. Nichols, whose fatal beating prompted murder charges against five former Memphis police officers, has sparked a renewed push to pass the … Read more

Kamala Harris Calls for Legislative Action at Tyre Nichols’s Funeral

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke briefly at the Wednesday funeral for Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old who died three days after being beaten by Memphis police officers last month. For many at the service, her speech was a surprise. Though she had been expected to attend the funeral, which was held at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian … Read more