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Report: LAPD used facial recognition nearly 30,000 times

Sep. 21, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department has used facial-recognition software nearly 30,000 times since 2009 even while denying at times that it used the controversial technology at all, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The LAPD doesn't have its own face-scanning platform but uses the...

Michigan renames building to honor civil rights leaders

Sep. 21, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A state building previously named after a slave owner now bears the name of two former state legislators who led efforts to reform Michigan's civil rights laws. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials unveiled the new sign in a ceremony in Lansing on Monday. It marks the first...

MLB, union commit $10M to increase Black participation

Sep. 21, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association say they have committed $10 million to fund programs of the new Players Alliance to improve representation of Black Americans in baseball. Management and the union said in a statement Monday that The Players Alliance will fund joint...

Phoenix museum vandalized with swastikas, racial slurs

Sep. 21, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A museum dedicated to the history of African Americans in Arizona was found vandalized with racial slurs and swastikas. Phoenix police said Monday they are investigating the vandalizing of the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Authorities say the spray-painted graffiti...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks as she arrives for a community conversation with Latino leaders and elected officials during a campaign stop at Taller Puertorriqueno, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Supreme Court fight could elevate Kamala Harris' profile

Sep. 21, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kamala Harris is poised to become a leading figure in the Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, with her status as both a lawmaker and vice presidential nominee putting her in the center of the fight. The California senator is in a unique role...

Iowa officials ID body found in burning ditch near Kellogg

Sep. 21, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

KELLOGG, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found last week in a burning ditch in rural central Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the body is that of Michael Williams, 44, of Grinnell. His body was found after authorities were called around 5:30 p.m....

Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 21, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Amarillo Globe-News. September 16, 2020 State, facilities need to balance, peace of mind as restrictions are relaxed Even though the state has recently relaxed restrictions around visiting those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, people still find themselves caught between two difficult health challenges: the...

Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, looks through boxes containing archival materials in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Murray and other current leaders of the agency are confronting the early legacy of the department, which once embraced the

Alabama Archives faces its legacy as Confederate 'attic'

Sep. 21, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of memorials glorifying the Confederacy had been erected by the time Marie Bankhead Owen built what may have been the grandest: The Alabama Department of Archives and History, which cataloged a version of the past that was favored by many Southern whites and all but...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, about the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

With cash windfall, Biden adds GOP states to campaign map

Sep. 21, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden is using a campaign cash advantage over President Donald Trump to add Republican-leaning Georgia and Iowa to his paid media footprint, bringing the Democratic challenger’s television and digital battleground map to an even dozen states. The expansion reflects Biden's...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Catherine O'Hara accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for

A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

Sep. 21, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt's Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday's Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve. Zendaya, 24, became...