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Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85

ATLANTA (AP) — Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself...

Supreme Court likely to uphold Arizona voting restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona in a key case that could make it harder...

FBI chief calls Jan. 6 ‘domestic terrorism,’ defends intel

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray condemned the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday as he defended the bureau’s...

UK holiday firm had ‘undesirable guests’ list of Irish names

LONDON (AP) — A chain of holiday parks in Britain kept an “undesirable guests” list of Irish last names in an attempt to keep...

Victims of anti-Asian attacks reflect a year into pandemic

Nearly a year after they were almost stabbed to death inside a Midland, Texas, Sam's Club, Bawi Cung and his two sons all have...

US Soccer council member removed after controversial speech

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation’s Athlete Council removed one of its members Sunday, a day after incendiary comments he made at the...

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...

Phoenix police arrest 2 women after argument diverts flight

PHOENIX (AP) — An American Airlines flight was diverted and two women arrested in Phoenix after authorities say one of the women spit on...

German radio station apologizes for comment on K-pop’s BTS

BERLIN (AP) — A Bavarian radio station apologized Friday for a host's comments comparing popular South Korean K-pop band BTS to the coronavirus, saying...

‘Reply All’ podcast paused amid charges of toxic behavior

The popular “Reply All” podcast has been put on hiatus and is canceling two remaining episodes of a series that explored allegations of structural...

Group asks justices to ban use of race in college admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group claiming Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants is asking the Supreme Court to ban the consideration of race in...

The Latest: Police say 800 pro-Trump rioters invaded Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional testimony about the Capitol insurrection (all times local): ...

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police knew armed extremists were primed for violence at the iconic building on Jan. 6 and even provided officers with...

SPLC: At least 160 Confederate symbols taken down in 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — When rioters tore through the U.S. Capitol last month, some of them gripping Confederate battle flags, they didn’t encounter a...

US to seek seat on UN human rights body, after Trump pullout

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.'s human rights...

Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion

The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ...

N. Macedonia upholds most convictions on fishermen slayings

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s criminal court on Tuesday reduced the sentences originally imposed on two people and acquitted one in a...

Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence with an initial focus on the...

Gun provocation reveals tensions in Michigan tourist haven

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Some 90 minutes into a routine meeting of the Grand Traverse County board, its agenda packed with mundane topics...

Colleges to house new center that trains Black entrepreneurs

CHICAGO (AP) — A new center for training Black entrepreneurs will be opening in Atlanta as part of a collaboration announced Monday between Spelman...

Activist charged with felony stemming from Kenosha protests

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — An activist who participated in protests following the August police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha was charged Friday with...

Air Force orders new review into racial, ethnic disparities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force inspector general will do a second investigation into racial and ethnic disparities across the force, service leaders said...

Our Native Daughters bring Black women’s voices to forefront

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Playing a banjo as a Black female artist is a form of activism for the four members of Our Native...

Italy: Holocaust survivor’s plug for vaccine sparks hatred

ROME (AP) — An Italian Holocaust survivor’s attempt to encourage other older adults to receive the anti-COVID-19 vaccine has triggered a wave of anti-Semitic...

Germany commemorates victims of racist shooting, 1 year on

BERLIN (AP) — Top officials, religious leaders and soccer stars are commemorating the victims of a racist attack in the German town of Hanau,...

Luke Combs apologizes for Confederate flag imagery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Luke Combs has apologized for appearing with Confederate flags, saying he is now aware of how painful that...

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...

Biden backs studying reparations as Congress considers bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's White House is giving its support to studying reparations for Black Americans, boosting Democratic lawmakers who are renewing...

Historic Black colleges to get $650,000 to preserve campuses

CHICAGO (AP) — Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a...

Survey: Black Americans attend church and pray more often

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Americans attend church more regularly than Americans overall, and pray more often. Most attend churches that are predominantly Black,...

English soccer at breaking point over abuse on social media

Death threats. Racist abuse. Sexist slurs. And social media accounts allowed to stay active even after spreading bile. ...

‘The Bachelor’ host stepping away after racial controversy

Chris Harrison, host of “The Bachelor,” says he is stepping down from his TV role and is “ashamed” for his handling of a swirling...

Bulgaria: Nationalists honor pro-Nazi general with flowers

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Far-right nationalists gathered in Bulgaria's capital Saturday to honor a late World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and...

Jaguars split with accused racist strength coach Chris Doyle

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a prominent diversity...

Birmingham jail logs with MLK signatures up for sale

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Arrested for leading a march against racial segregation in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spent days in solitary...

Jags’ Meyer defends hiring ex-Iowa coach accused of racism

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer defended the hiring of a former Iowa assistant accused of racism, saying Thursday he “vetted him thoroughly along with...

Judge declines new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused prosecutors’ request to issue a new arrest warrant for an 18-year-old from Illinois accused of...

English soccer heads ask Zuckerberg, Dorsey to act on racism

The leaders of English soccer asked the heads of Facebook and Twitter on Thursday to show “basic human decency” by taking more robust action...

Morgan Wallen tells fans not to defend his racist language

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Morgan Wallen asked fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught saying on camera and said...

Report: Racist Virginia laws are gone, but inequities linger

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia needs sweeping changes to its schools, housing laws, criminal justice system and other areas of policy to remedy the...

Navy commanders address 2 racist incidents on West Coast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. Navy commanders met with sailors on ships on the West Coast Monday and Tuesday, after two recent racist incidents...

Police ‘unlawful assembly’ powers come under fire in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As racial injustice protesters swarmed the streets of Portland, Oregon, day after day last year, a voice would come over...

Black farmers unconvinced by Vilsack’s ‘root out’ racism vow

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — President Joe Biden's nomination of Tom Vilsack to lead the Agriculture Department received a chilly reaction from many Black...

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...

Album sales surge for Morgan Wallen after racist comment

NASHVILLLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fans of Morgan Wallen are buying up the country star's latest album after a video showed him shouting a racial...

Jewish frat at California school vandalized with swastikas

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Police are investigating after swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted on a Jewish fraternity house at California...

India restores 4G mobile internet in Kashmir after 550 days

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India ended an 18-month-long ban on high speed internet services on mobile devices in disputed Kashmir, where opposition to New...

Spink’s name stripped from Hall of Fame award over racism

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has voted to remove the name of J.G. Taylor Spink, former publisher of The...

Goodell: Many lessons NFL learned in 2020 will carry forward

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The many lessons learned from 2020 will be needed as the NFL moves forward, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted Thursday in...

The Latest: Goodell: NFL plans overseas games if it’s safe

The Latest on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's news conference (all times EST): ...

Zuckerberg part of $100M ‘California Black Freedom Fund’

More than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100 million, five-year initiative that they say...

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...

Singer Morgan Wallen suspended from label after racial slur

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Morgan Wallen has been suspended indefinitely from his label and seen his music pulled by radio stations and...

Canada designates the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government designated the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity on Wednesday, noting they played a pivotal role in...

Wisconsin prosecutors seek Rittenhouse arrest, higher bond

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a new arrest warrant for an Illinois teen charged with shooting three people, killing...

Officials: no Super Bowl threat amid rise of white supremacy

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There is no specific threat of an attack connected to the Super Bowl and related events despite concerns about the...

Justice Dept. drops Yale admissions discrimination lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another reversal of Trump-era policy, the Biden administration on Wednesday dropped its discrimination lawsuit against Yale University that alleged the...

Activists wary of broader law enforcement after Capitol riot

CHICAGO (AP) — As federal officials grapple with how to confront the national security threat from domestic extremists after the deadly siege of the...

‘We are facing extinction’: Black farmers in steep decline

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — After Gil Alexander's death left no active Black farmers in a historic Kansas community once home to hundreds, Alexander's...

Obama speechwriter’s memoir ‘Grace’ to come out in 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House speechwriter who helped President Barack Obama work on his response to the Charleston church massacre in June...

Hate groups migrate online, making tracking more difficult

During one of the most politically divisive years in recent memory, the number of active hate groups in the U.S. actually declined as far-right...

O’Ree’s hockey stick reminds Trudeau of fight against racism

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he keeps a signed hockey stick from “living legend” Willie O’Ree as a constant...

A mix of hope and dismay as religious leaders assess Biden

Donald Trump's departure from the White House and the start of Joe Biden’s presidency have stirred new hopes among many religious leaders in the...

Search is on for new leaders in journalism’s upper echelons

NEW YORK (AP) — The “help wanted” list for top management jobs in journalism is suddenly getting very long. ...

John Chaney, commanding Temple basketball coach, dies at 89

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Chaney’s raspy, booming voice drowned out the gym when he scolded Temple players over a turnover — at the top...

Activists: Next Columbus police chief must be an outsider

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The next police chief of Columbus must come from outside the agency and through a national search, community activists critical...

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...

Facebook panel overturns 4 content takedowns in first ruling

LONDON (AP) — Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings on Thursday, overturning four out of five decisions by the social network to...

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from...

Racial profiling by French police challenged in class action

PARIS (AP) — Three leading rights organizations joined with grassroots groups Wednesday to launch France’s first class action suit targeting the country’s massive police...

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish prayer for the souls of the people murdered in the Holocaust echoed Wednesday over where the Warsaw ghetto...

Rittenhouse, mother fixated on social media treatment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin and the teen's mom were fixated on social...

Biden orders Justice Dept. to end use of private prisons

President Joe Biden on Tuesday ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has...

Let down your hair: New Army rules for ponytails, nail color

WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army....

Capitol Police chief apologizes for failures in Jan. 6 siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The interim chief of the Capitol Police apologized Tuesday for failing to prepare for what became a violent insurrection despite having...

Black woman quits Vermont town board; cites bigotry, safety

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Black member of a Vermont town's selectboard has resigned, citing safety concerns and “blatant bigotry” she's experienced in the...

Some Black Southern Baptists feel shut out by white leaders

As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for...

South Africa mourns anti-apartheid trombonist Jonas Gwangwa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tributes...

Aaron’s death prompts call to change name: Braves to Hammers

ATLANTA (AP) — As his adopted hometown mourned Hank Aaron's death, some fans called on the Atlanta Braves to change their name to the...

Judge: Kenosha shooter can’t associate with supremacists

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — An 18-year-old Illinois teen charged with fatally shooting two people during a protest in southeastern Wisconsin last year is prohibited...

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly...

Aloha shirts on ‘boogaloos’ link symbol of peace to violence

HONOLULU (AP) — People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing...

Aaron lauded for grace amid racism during home run pursuit

Reaction to Hank Aaron's death from former presidents to fellow Hall of Famers to everyone who knew him followed a theme: how the one-time...

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

ATLANTA (AP) — His name is all over the baseball record book and, indeed, Hank Aaron could do it all. ...

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly...

Virginia lawmakers vote to remove statue of segregationist

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of Virginia legislators advanced a bill Friday to remove a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a staunch...

Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as...

Romania activist urges people to do something good every day

NUCSOARA, Romania (AP) — A gentle hero to many in Romania, Valeriu Nicolae says that, at heart, he is more like former NBA star...

Biden repudiates white supremacy, calls for racial justice

Rare for an inaugural address, President Joe Biden issued a strong repudiation of white supremacy and domestic terrorism seen on the rise under Donald...

AP-NORC poll: Virus, economy swamp other priorities for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Containing the coronavirus outbreak and repairing the economic damage it has inflicted are the top priorities for Americans as Joe Biden...

Israel moves to rein in rights group over ‘apartheid’ use

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's education minister says he is banning groups that call Israel an “apartheid state” from lecturing at schools —...

Biden’s long political evolution leads to his biggest test

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the...

Inauguration week prayer event aims to show Christian unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a politically divided nation prepares to inaugurate a new president in the wake of a violent insurrection at the U.S....

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying...

Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests is denounced

Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol with last summer's...

Jacob Blake says he was ready to surrender before being shot

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Black man who was shot in the back by a white police officer in Wisconsin, leaving him partially paralyzed...

France to expel delivery man refusing Kosher orders

PARIS (AP) — A court in eastern France convicted a delivery driver of anti-Semitic discrimination an Thursday for refusing to take orders for kosher...

Years of white supremacy threats culminated in Capitol riots

CHICAGO (AP) — Amid the American flags and Trump 2020 posters at the U.S. Capitol during last week's insurrection were far more sinister symbols:...

Mix of extremists who stormed Capitol isn’t retreating

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As rioters laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, the seat of American democracy became a melting pot of extremist groups:...

Airbnb to block, cancel DC bookings ahead of inauguration

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb said Wednesday it will be blocking and canceling all reservations in the Washington, D.C., area during the week of...

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