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Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps

Sep. 27, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Facing up to Texas' booming suburbs turning bluer, Republicans on Monday proposed new U.S. House maps that would fortify their slipping grip and shrink the number of seats where the majority of voters are Hispanic — even as they fuel the state's blistering growth. ...

Racial alliances, rivalries on display in LA mayor's race

Sep. 27, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity of Los Angeles is on display in the emerging race to replace Mayor Eric Garcetti and the winning candidate who emerges from the growing field of hopefuls will need to navigate rivalries and forge alliances across the city’s racial and ethnic communities. ...

Greyhound settles lawsuit over immigration sweeps on buses

Sep. 27, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit over the bus line’s practice of allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to board its buses in Washington state to conduct warrantless immigration sweeps, the state attorney general said Monday....

Is 50-50 fair? Dems say new map should reflect their success

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Some Democrats on a bipartisan redistricting commission in Virginia said Monday that new legislative districts will be fair only if they reflect the partisan success Democrats have had in the state for the past decade. The remarks came after...

NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The NATO-led KFOR mission in Kosovo increased its patrols Monday on the border with Serbia in a bid to deescalate tensions between the two Balkan foes over a dispute about license plates. KFOR, with around 4,000 troops from 28 countries, is led...

Critics say Indiana redistricting dilutes minority influence

Sep. 27, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Critics on Monday assailed the proposed new Indiana congressional and legislative districts as rigged in favor of Republicans, alleging they dilute the influence of minority voters. More than 20 people spoke against the Republican-drawn redistricting...

Hawaii food distributor sued for supervisors' alleged racism

Sep. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Supervisors of a Hawaii food distribution company discriminated against a Black employee by subjecting him to racial slurs and racist references to slavery, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit,...

Lower death rates for Black moms is goal of California bill

Sep. 27, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the lowest death rates nationally among pregnant women and new mothers, but the numbers for Black mothers tell a different story. They were six times more likely to die within a year of pregnancy than white women from 2014...

Anita Hill still waits for change, 30 years after testimony

Sep. 27, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

America had yet to really understand sexual harassment when Anita Hill testified against Clarence Thomas in front of an all-male Senate panel in October 1991. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court anyway, but Hill’s work was just beginning. Now, three decades later,...

Kansas student uses offensive sign as homecoming invite

Sep. 27, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City school district is investigating after a student asked a girl to homecoming using an offensive sign referencing Black people. A picture of two white students holding the sign and smiling that was posted online drew sharp...