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Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing

Aug. 10, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement. After...

Appeals court halts construction at Berkeley's People's Park

Aug. 05, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Construction of student housing at the historic People's Park in Berkeley, California, is on hold after an appellate court ordered an injunction late Thursday, a day after protesters forced the University of California, Berkeley to halt work on the controversial project. ...

Senegal signs peace accord with separatist rebels

Aug. 05, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal's government has signed a peace agreement with separatist rebels from the southern Casamance region that aims to end more than four decades of conflict. Senegal President Macky Sall announced the agreement, which was signed Thursday in Guinea Bissau...

NY man who sent threats to LGBTQ groups gets 30 months

Aug. 03, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York City suburb was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBTQ affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years. According to prosecutors,...

Emmett Till's house, Black sites to get landmarks funds

Jul. 19, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Emmett Till left his mother's house on Chicago's South Side in 1955 to visit relatives in Mississippi, where the Black teenager was abducted and brutally slain for reportedly whistling at a white woman. A cultural preservation organization announced Tuesday that the...

Italy enters into political uncertainty after 5-Stars balk

Jul. 15, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy entered into days of political and financial uncertainty Friday as political leaders calculated their options and Premier Mario Draghi weighed his after populist ally the 5-Star Movement sparked a crisis by withholding support on a government-sponsored bill. On...

German climate activists aim to stir friction with blockades

Jul. 15, 2022 02:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — “It’s absolutely crazy to stick yourself to the road with superglue,” admits Lina Schinkoethe. And yet, the 19-year-old recently landed in jail for doing just that, in protest at what she believes is the German government's failure to act against climate change....

Black educator Mary McLeod Bethune honored in Statuary Hall

Jul. 13, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader and trailblazing educator Mary McLeod Bethune on Wednesday became the first Black person elevated by a state for recognition in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Florida commissioned the project after a grassroots campaign succeeded last year in...

Italian govt staves off immediate prospect of early election

Jul. 06, 2022 12:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Mario Draghi's government on Wednesday staved off the immediate prospect of an early election after a key ally indicated he would remain in the coalition for now. Draghi met with former Premier Giuseppe Conte, now the leader of the populist 5-Star...

NW Louisiana 145-year-old church is Civil Rights landmark

Jun. 26, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — For over 47 years a Shreveport building has stood vacant, as time slowly eats away at the ceiling like a cancerous cell taking over a body. Within these walls lives the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others who laid the road to the Civil...