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This undated photo provided by Yale University shows Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, the top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response said Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Yale University via AP)

AP Interview: Biden adviser says race central to virus fight

Dec. 1, 2020 7:20 PM EST

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 said Tuesday. That means when testing and vaccination programs are designed and implemented, for example, they must consider fairness and equity...

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Kimberly S. Budd raises her hand as she is sworn-in by Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at the State House in Boston. (Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Budd sworn in as 1st Black female chief of state high court

Dec. 1, 2020 6:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker swore in Justice Kimberly Budd as the chief justice of Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday. Budd, 54, becomes the first Black woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, which traces its history to the late 17th century. She replaces...

Suit accuses Alabama housing authority of racial segregation

Dec. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A housing program in rural Alabama has purposely segregated low-income apartment residents by race for years, with white people living on one side of town and Black people on the other, the federal government alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Black people seeking housing in...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C. speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  With three of North Carolina’s 13 U.S. House incumbents not seeking reelection, nearly 30 congressional candidates are scrambling to win Tuesday, March 4, 2020 primaries in these districts with hopes of soon filling the rare number of open seats (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Mark Walker takes early jump into N. Carolina Senate race

Dec. 1, 2020 4:52 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Outgoing North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker on Tuesday announced his bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr in 2022, a path the Republican indicated a year ago he'd pursue after his House district shifted to the left during an unscheduled redistricting. The quick entry of Walker,...

Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis

Dec. 1, 2020 3:55 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville's mayor, weathering heavy criticism in the wake of the Breonna Taylor shooting, has outlined a series of steps to improve racial disparities in Kentucky's largest city. Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Tuesday declaring racism a public health crisis. He said...

Confederate president's name to disappear from Biloxi school

Dec. 1, 2020 2:08 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi district is removing Confederate President Jefferson Davis' name from an elementary school and has chosen a new name that highlights geography rather than history. Back Bay Elementary will be the new name of the school in Biloxi. The local school board approved the...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman attends a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Abdur'Rahman was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. The attorney general appealed the resentencing, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Tuesday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Appeals court vacates agreement to resentence Black inmate

Dec. 1, 2020 12:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate's death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but the judge resentenced him last...

65th anniversary of Bus Boycott marked in Montgomery

Dec. 1, 2020 12:14 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery is marking the 65th anniversary of the 1955 bus boycott with a series of events. Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested Dec. 1, 1955 after refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery. Her action helped ignite the...

2 Danish brothers convicted of biracial man's island murder

Dec. 1, 2020 10:03 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Denmark on Tuesday sentenced two brothers to 14 years in prison each for the murder of a biracial man on a Danish island in June, which had sparked a debate about racism. But the prosecution said there was insufficient evidence of a racist motive in the killing, which...

Prosecutors: Hate crimes on the rise in King County

Dec. 1, 2020 8:41 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two years ago, there were 30 hate crimes in King County, and last year that number was 38, but so far in 2020, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has handled 51 hate crime cases. One case happened last month in Federal Way. Police say two white men chased a Black man in their cars...