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7 key questions heading into Wednesday’s Democratic debate

Nov. 20, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again. No longer is there a clear front-runner. The fight for African American voters is raging. And there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the...

Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Nov. 19, 2019 8:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay...

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community

Nov. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party. The central California city has the...

Judge refuses to expunge record of officer in fatal shooting

Nov. 19, 2019 8:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A white former Chicago police officer who was acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black woman failed Tuesday to get his record expunged by a judge. Dante Servin had asked that his records tied to the 2012 death of Rekia Boyd be stricken from police and court databases. In rejecting the...

US Latinas need twice the time to match white male’s income

Nov. 19, 2019 7:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government figures show that on average, Latinas in the United States are paid 54 cents for every dollar that a white, non-Hispanic male makes. That means it takes Latinas one year, 10 months and 20 days to match the yearly income of those male workers. A coalition of nongovernmental...

White supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse U

Nov. 19, 2019 7:14 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the upstate...

Condemned Tennessee inmate’s supporters seek clemency

Nov. 19, 2019 5:13 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman kicked off a clemency campaign on Tuesday amid uncertainty over whether his death sentence will be upheld. Abdur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) was sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of Patrick Daniels, who was...

Macalester College pulls founder’s name from campus building

Nov. 19, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A private liberal arts college in Minnesota is removing its founder's name from a campus building after students brought attention to his racist views in the 1800s. The board of trustees for Macalester College in St. Paul announced Monday that Edward Duffield Neill's name will be...

She can’t vote, but 2020 Democrats want her support anyway

Nov. 19, 2019 3:35 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the most sought-after presidential endorsements in a key early voting state is from a woman who cannot vote. As Democrats jockey for support in Nevada, a meeting with Astrid Silva, a 31-year-old immigrant rights activist who has become a public face of the “Dreamers,”...

Cuban asylum-seekers: Hunger strikes punished with isolation

Nov. 19, 2019 3:00 PM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — A dozen Cuban asylum-seekers detained in a New Mexico have twice been placed in solitary confinement for going on hunger strikes, two of the asylum-seekers said. The pair said they and 10 others were punished for protesting their lengthy stay in prison and denial of their asylum cases,...