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House passes domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo shooting

May. 19, 2022 07:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation late Wednesday night that would bolster federal resources to prevent domestic terrorism in response to the racist mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The 222-203, nearly party-line vote was an answer to the growing pressure Congress...

Georgia store shootings: White man faces hate crime charges

May. 19, 2022 07:05 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury in Georgia has brought hate crime charges against a white man accused of shooting into two convenience stores and targeting the people there because of their race last July. Police said he made his intentions clear at the time. “This is a hate...

Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity

May. 19, 2022 05:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The peril National Security Agency staff wanted to discuss with their director didn’t involve terrorists or enemy nations. It was something closer to home: the racism and cultural misunderstandings inside America’s largest intelligence service. The NSA and...

Sri Lankan protesters include Tamil victims in war memorial

May. 18, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters lit flames and offered prayers Wednesday remembering thousands — including ethnic Tamil civilians — killed in the final stages of the country’s decadeslong civil war, in the first-ever event where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly...

Buffalo supermarket shooting: What do we know so far?

May. 18, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — On Saturday afternoon, a white gunman in body armor killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Another Black person and two white people were wounded. Federal officials are investigating the shooting as a hate crime; a state-level murder case...

After Buffalo massacre, NY governor seeks action on guns

May. 18, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would require state police to seek court orders to keep guns away from people who might pose a threat to themselves or others under a package of executive orders and gun control bills touted Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul in the aftermath of a racist attack on a...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 18, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. May 17, 2022. Editorial: A Plan For Angry White Men Whenever a racially motivated crime attracts national attention, it’s not too hard to find a link that involves Mississippi. And sure enough, after this past weekend’s...

Former US Rep. Corrine Brown pleads guilty in fraud case

May. 18, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

A criminal case against former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, one of the first Black representatives elected to Congress from Florida after Reconstruction, ended Wednesday with her guilty plea to a tax charge in a charity fraud case. Brown, 75, had been convicted before in 2017 of 18...

Arizona history-May 22-28

May. 18, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

Sunday, May 22 On this date in 1894, Dr. A.E. Douglass selected a site in Flagstaff for the Lowell Observatory. On this date in 1923, four people died in an explosion at the Apache Powder Plant at Benson. On this date in 1925, a solid copper flagpole,...

Wisconsin man gets 10 years in prison for racist acid attack

May. 18, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge sentenced a white Wisconsin man to a decade in prison Wednesday for throwing acid in a Latino man's face in a racist attack at a Milwaukee bus stop. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jean Marie Kies told 64-year-old Clifton Blackwell that he acted with...