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U.S. Gun Sales Soar Amid Pandemic, Social Unrest, Election Fears

Andreyah Garland, a 44-year-old single mother of three daughters, bought a shotgun in May for protection in the quaint middle-class town of Fishkill, New York. She joined a new and fast-growing local gun club to learn how to shoot. She …

Riot-Gear Spending Soars 114% in Trump’s Police-Power Surge

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property. …

55 Years After Riots, Watts Neighborhood Still Bears Scars

LOS ANGELES — There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling. Protesters filled the streets around the country in late May and June following the Minneapolis police killing …

Portland Protesters Gassed After Setting Fire at Courthouse

PORTLAND, Ore. — Protesters outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse set a fire in the building’s entryway early Monday in yet another night of conflict with federal agents who repeatedly tear gassed the demonstrators to drive them away, officials said. Authorities over …

US Cities Erupt in More Violence Amid Threats From Trump

WASHINGTON — American cities erupted in violence and destruction in a seventh straight night of unrest, with several police officers shot or run over, amid boasts and threats from President Donald Trump to send in troops to “dominate the streets.” …

Protests Hammer U.S. Cities Still Recovering From Lockdown

The reopening of America was always going to be fraught, with competing fears of new virus outbreaks and economic meltdown. Now cities across the nation, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, are reeling from unrest that could worsen …

Uber’s Challenge to Balance Driver Safety With Customer Privacy

NEW YORK — Margaret Bordelon can still feel the hands of the drunk man who tried to pull her in for a kiss at the end of his Uber ride last September in Lafayette, Louisiana. An Uber driver for only …

Documentary Series Examines Cost of Small-Town Vigilantism

NEW YORK — It’s been 38 years since a man named Ken Rex McElroy was shot to death by an angry crowd in the dusty farming community of Skidmore, Missouri. And for 38 years, the case has remained unsolved. McElroy …

Most Perpetrators in 2018 Mass Attacks Made Threats: U.S. Secret Service

Most of those responsible for mass attacks in public areas in the United States in 2018 made prior threats or sent messages that sparked concern, the Secret Service said on Tuesday, in a study highlighting advance clues to such violence. …

Mass Shootings in the Workplace are Rare and Puzzling

A postal worker on disability retirement for psychological issues returned to her workplace years later and killed six people. A Connecticut beer delivery worker irate over being forced to resign opened fire as he was being escorted out of the …