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New college tour highlights slavery's shadow

Apr. 17, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Dickinson College has long been proud of its Colonial-era history, one framed forever by its standing as the first college to be chartered west of the Susquehanna River, launched to ensure the expanding frontiers of the new American nation would have access to future...

Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

Apr. 17, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old will be key evidence when prosecutors consider a case against the officer and are confronted with both the emotions surrounding the chilling footage and legal precedent that makes it...

Arizona legislation fetes civil rights icon Fred Korematsu

Apr. 15, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is honoring late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, whose fight against Japanese American internment went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation establishing a “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties...

Democrats begin long-shot push to expand the Supreme Court

Apr. 15, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of congressional Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to add four seats to the Supreme Court, a long-shot bid designed to counter the court’s rightward tilt during the Trump administration and criticized by Republicans as a potential power grab that would...

Protests after Germany's top court nixes Berlin rent cap

Apr. 15, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Berliners took to the streets, many banging pots and pans, to protest a ruling Thursday by Germany's highest court that a cap on rent prices implemented last year by Berlin's state government is unconstitutional and void. ...

EU top court backs bloc in ban on electric pulse fishing

Apr. 15, 2021 06:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court on Thursday backed the bloc’s decision to ban as of July the practice of using electric shocks to stun fish before scooping them up in nets. The European Court of Justice dismissed a Dutch challenge arguing that the...

The Latest: California governor says all schools must reopen

Apr. 14, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning. Speaking Wednesday, he said: “Money is not an object now. It’s an...

Brazil court greenlights probe of president's virus response

Apr. 14, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court...

Biden begins to undo Trump-era ban on abortion referrals

Apr. 14, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday began to undo a Trump-era ban on clinics referring women for abortions, a policy that drove Planned Parenthood from the federal family planning program and created new complications for women trying to get birth control. ...

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...