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The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — In the modest bungalows and two-flats of Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, there’s never a shortage of needed home repairs staring residents...

Mayor calls for calm before police shooting video’s release

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged the public Thursday to remain peaceful and reserve judgment until an independent board can complete its...

Barbers, artists help defy vaccine myths for people of color

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a Washington, D.C., suburb, Black and Latino barbers are busting myths about the coronavirus vaccine while clipping hair. ...

Governor pushes school reopening as many districts resist

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday urged all California schools to reopen, emphasizing that there are no state or health barriers...

Biden picks first person of color to head Census fulltime

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he would pick the president of the American Statistical Association to lead the U.S. Census Bureau as it...

Fed leaders agree: Economics has a racial-disparity problem

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Federal Reserve policymakers on Tuesday underscored their concern that Black and Hispanic people are sharply underrepresented in the economics field,...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the...

EXPLAINER: The law and science behind the CDC’s eviction ban

When the U.S. government enacted a ban on evictions, it did so through an unlikely agency: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

The Latest: Australia has 2nd likely Astra-Zeneca clot case

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian authorities have identified a second case of a rare blot clot likely linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. ...

Ex-police chief gets 1 year in prison for hiring scandal

The former police chief of Connecticut's largest city was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for rigging the hiring process...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black...

Commerce Secretary Raimondo defends census privacy method

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday defended a controversial privacy technique being used by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census, a method...

AP-NORC poll: Border woes dent Biden approval on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling the sharply increasing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving...

Lawsuits over execution of 2020 census near conclusions

Two legal challenges to the Trump administration's execution of the 2020 census neared conclusions this week in the face of changes brought by President...

COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed total U.S. deaths last year beyond 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll, the government reported Wednesday. ...

Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul

Democrats have seized on new voting restrictions in Georgia to focus attention on the fight to overhaul federal election laws, setting up a slow-building...

Democrats assail Georgia law, make case for voting overhaul

Democrats on Friday seized on new voting restrictions in Georgia to focus attention on the fight to overhaul federal election laws, setting up a...

In likely California recall, energizing Latino voters is key

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Latinos, who have borne the brunt of coronavirus deaths and the pandemic's economic toll in the state, are a...

In a nation founded on whiteness, how to really discuss it?

John Bost seems precisely the kind of person that his fellow Americans could have a conversation with — politically moderate, neither an Obama voter...

San Francisco school board’s latest crisis: Racist tweets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The vice president of San Francisco’s school board is under fire for tweets she wrote in 2016, saying that Asian...

Judge rejects ex-CIA worker’s try to dismiss hacking charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A former CIA employee cannot get espionage charges against him dismissed on the grounds that there weren’t enough Hispanic or...

No turning back: Facebook reckons with a post-2020 world

It's becoming increasingly clear that for Facebook, there is no returning to its habits of the past. ...

Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the...

California adopts first statewide ethnic studies curriculum

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As America reels from its latest spate of deadly hate crimes and racism, the California State Board of Education on...

Becerra confirmed to shepherd Biden’s ambitious health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as President Joe Biden's health secretary, filling a key position...

Corporations become unlikely financiers of racial equity

In the months since the police killing of George Floyd sparked a racial reckoning in the United States, American corporations have emerged as an...

Minorities underrepresented in service academy nominations

Minority students are significantly underrepresented when it comes to getting nominations from members of Congress to attend the nation's military service academies, according to...

Faith leaders get COVID-19 shot to curb vaccine reluctance

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two dozen clergy members from the capital region rolled up their sleeves inside the Washington National Cathedral and got...

EXPLAINER: What is the impact of racially diverse juries?

CHICAGO (AP) — Questions around race have been central to the murder case against the former Minneapolis police officer who leaned on George Floyd's...

Newsom will appoint Black woman if Feinstein retires early

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he'd appoint a Black woman to replace U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein if she retires...

AP-NORC poll: People of color bear COVID-19’s economic brunt

NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Elvia Banuelos’ life was looking up. The 39-year-old mother of two young children said she felt confident...

AP-NORC poll: 1 in 5 in US lost someone close in pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus, highlighting the division between heartache...

EXPLAINER: Why jurors can’t be dismissed based on their race

The issue of race looms large over the trial of a white former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death last May of George...

Lawsuit challenges new admissions policy at elite Va. school

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A conservative legal group sued a northern Virginia school district Wednesday, alleging that its efforts to draw more Black and...

Plan to allow thousands of California oil wells faces vote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s...

From vote to virus, misinformation campaign targets Latinos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Perez was a guest on a Spanish-language talk radio show in Las Vegas last year when a caller launched into...

Nonprofits stepping up to bolster COVID vaccination efforts

The messy and confusing distribution of vaccines has prompted a broad array of nonprofits and volunteers nationwide to step in to fill the gaps....

California to give 40% of vaccine to Latino, high-risk areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin sending 40% of all vaccine doses to the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the state to try to...

Kamlager well ahead in vote for LA County state Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager was comfortably leading with more than two-thirds of the vote Tuesday night in a special election...

Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new...

Backlogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000,...

California tops 50,000 virus deaths, including 806 in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 806 deaths from coronavirus during the winter surge, pushing California’s toll above 50,000,...

Things to Know: States push their own relief packages

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: ...

2 hard-hit cities, 2 diverging fates in vaccine rollout

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a...

HHS pick says pandemic is top job, but agenda is broader

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra told senators Tuesday that confronting the coronavirus pandemic will be his first priority if confirmed, but...

New vaccine delivery system starts in parts of California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step...

Divides in parent opinion complicate school reopening push

President Joe Biden is pushing for K-8 schools to fully reopen in his first 100 days. But don’t look for Omeisha Snape’s kids in...

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first...

Harassment cases revive worries of racism at Boston College

BOSTON (AP) — Students are demanding a stronger response from Boston College after two recent cases in which white students were accused of harassing...

Crippling storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

A paralyzing winter storm wrought havoc with COVID-19 vaccination efforts around the country on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of appointments and delaying vaccine deliveries...

Latinos face barriers like fear, language in getting vaccine

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Rigoberto Montesinos, a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, was so worried about side effects from the...

The Latest: Australia’s 2nd largest city to begin lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will begin its third lockdown due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. ...

Law enforcement diversity may improve policing, study shows

CHICAGO (AP) — In the last decade, high-profile police killings — including George Floyd in 2020 — have shaken the nation and led to...

Chicago schools reopen doors after tough union fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent almost a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often...

Chicago begins return to classrooms after bitter union fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents Willie and Brittany Preston have spent nearly a year wrestling with online school schedules for their six children, often...

California uses ZIP codes, outreach to boost vaccine equity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hing Yiu Chung lives in a racially diverse San Francisco neighborhood hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While vaccines have...

8 minority jail officers allegedly kept off Chauvin’s guard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight Minnesota jail guards filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging racial discrimination after they were barred from working on the floor where...

Immigrants, activists worry Biden won’t end Trump barriers

HOUSTON (AP) — For nearly 17 months, the Trump administration tried to deport the mother and daughter from El Salvador. The Biden administration may...

Pledge drive urges funding racially diverse climate efforts

DETROIT (AP) — Ashindi Maxton was distraught as she toured neighborhoods in Detroit’s 48217 ZIP code and met residents who live in one of...

Senate confirms Mayorkas as Biden’s homeland security chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday as President Joe Biden's homeland security secretary, the first Latino to fill a post...

California has few specifics on new state vaccination system

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California continues to change up its coronavirus vaccine system with its top health officer on Tuesday suggesting revisions to who's...

AP Analysis: Racial disparity seen in US vaccination drive

A racial gap has opened up in the nation's COVID-19 vaccination drive, with Black Americans in many places lagging behind whites in receiving shots,...

Role of race in US vaccine rollout gets put to the test

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The role that race should play in deciding who gets priority for the COVID-19 vaccine was put to the test...

California lawmakers approve 1st Black elections official

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to the appointment of the state's first Black top election official, filling a...

Democratic lawmakers push for race data in vaccinations

Democratic lawmakers are urging federal health officials to address racial disparity in vaccine access nationwide, as data from some states show hard-hit nonwhite Americans...

Why Biden’s immigration plan may be risky for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is confronting the political risk that comes with grand ambition. ...

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China’s north provinces

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. ...

Language barriers, wariness make vaccinating immigrants hard

MECCA, Calif. (AP) — Migrant workers lined up by the hundreds during a break from picking produce this week to receive the coronavirus vaccine...

Cesar Chavez’s son happy dad’s bust is in Biden Oval Office

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would...

Mobile labs take vaccine studies to diverse neighborhoods

NEW YORK (AP) — Lani Muller doesn’t have to visit a doctor’s office to help test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine — she just climbs...

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have...

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are...

Phoenix to honor late civil rights icon Calvin C. Goode

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix city officials, residents and prominent members of the Black community will honor late civil rights icon, city leader and longtime...

Trump legacy on race shadowed by divisive rhetoric, actions

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly claimed in the final months of his presidency — and without a trace of irony — to...

California board urges bias reviews of police social media

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California police agencies should routinely review officers' social media, cellphones and computers for racist, bigoted or other offensive content that...

CIA’s new recruitment website aims to diversify spy agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Spies from all backgrounds and walks of life. ...

California hospitals delay surgeries amid virus surge

SAN DIEGO (AP) — ...

Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia’s Senate runoffs

ATLANTA (AP) — In the first week of early voting for Georgia’s Senate runoff election, Casie Yoder parked at a polling location in Cobb...

Dallas chooses former California police chief as new top cop

DALLAS (AP) — A former California police chief will be the next leader of the Dallas police department and the Texas city's first Hispanic...

California gets Latino US senator, some Black leaders angry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is getting its first Latino U.S. senator. For Gov. Gavin Newsom, it’s a political gamble. ...

California first: A Latino U.S. senator to replace Harris

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom selected Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday to be a U.S. senator, a pick that...

Gov. Newsom challenged to address Senate’s lack of diversity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Should California get its first Latino U.S. senator or should the 100-member chamber maintain one Black woman’s voice? ...

Transition stumbles test Biden’s bond with Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden brings more Capitol Hill experience than any president in decades, but his transition has stumbled in ways...

Special election set to replace former California lawmaker

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday set a special election in Los Angeles County to replace state Sen. Holly Mitchell,...

US, states crack down on scams bilking desperate Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal and state authorities say they are cracking down on a wave of illegal schemes that have proliferated during the pandemic...

Los Angeles, San Francisco counties break COVID-19 records

By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press

Rising Latino voters could be force in Georgia Senate races

LILBURN, Ga. (AP) — As Georgia heads into two key runoffs that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats are hoping to count...

Utah senator blocks national museums for Latinos, women

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lone senator from Utah has singlehandedly blocked the bipartisan approval of two new national museums to honor American Latinos and...

Location, education propel Asian income growth in US

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Asian American households saw the biggest income growth of any racial or ethnic group in the United States over the...

Former teachers union chief vying for education secretary

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union has received endorsements from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and dozens of national Hispanic organizations as...

Becerra’s big challenge: Vaccinating Americans against virus

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In choosing Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, President-elect Joe Biden tapped a robust defender of the Affordable Care...

With 2 open seats, Newsom may reshape California politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden’s White House win has made Gov. Gavin Newsom a California kingmaker. ...

Biden picks Xavier Becerra to lead HHS, coronavirus response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable...

Coronavirus takes toll on Black, Latino child care providers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Mary De La Rosa closed her toddler and preschool program in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, she fully expected...

Biden picks Calif. AG Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable...

The Latest: Female lawmakers want Flournoy as defense chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): ...

Feinstein picks Padilla in jockeying for Harris’ Senate seat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein has picked a favorite in the fight to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as California's junior senator:...

AP Interview: Biden adviser says race central to virus fight

Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, a top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response...

To court Latinos, Democrats have to expand strategy in 2022

PHOENIX (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign credits its success in Arizona to the immigrant-rights and grassroots organizations that have been mobilizing Latinos for...

Massachusetts’ highest court gets 1st Latina justice

BOSTON (AP) — Dalila Argaez Wendlandt was unanimously confirmed to a seat on the highest court in Massachusetts on Wednesday. ...

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