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Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

Oct. 17, 2018 12:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while...

2 Florida ex-officers get prison for framing black teenager

Oct. 17, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two former police officers in Florida will serve a year in federal prison for framing a black teenager for burglaries he did not commit. Court records show ex-Biscayne Park officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were sentenced Tuesday by a Miami federal judge. They admitted to being part...

Democrats' not-so-secret plan to fight midterm malaise

Oct. 17, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're asking pastors to text their congregants about the importance of voting. They're connecting with thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria. And they're relying on groups like the NAACP, which has tripled its spending from 2016 to energize black voters. Less than...

The Latest: Russian investigators identify Crimea gunman

Oct. 17, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Russia's top investigative body says it has identified the man who opened fire in a college in a Crimean town, killing 18 people and wounding more than 40. The Investigative Committee said an 18-year old...

Police head challenges part of report on Starbucks arrests

Oct. 16, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city police commissioner has taken issue with part of a panel's review of the high-profile arrests of two black men at a Starbucks coffee shop, rejecting its broader conclusion that racism drives contact between citizens and police. The review of the April arrests at the downtown...

Black woman who had trailblazing Navy career dies at 83

Oct. 15, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83. Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship specifications. She told the...

Contestants accuse Mrs. America pageant CEO of racial bias

Oct. 15, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Four contestants in this year's Mrs. America pageant on Monday called for the pageant's CEO to apologize over accusations he used racial slurs and stereotypes in a conversation at a contest-related event. The four women, three African-American and one white, spoke at a news conference in...

AP Was There: Smith and Carlos protest during 1968 Olympics

Oct. 15, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — By the time they reached Mexico City in October 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were representing a country being torn apart. The Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, riots outside the Democratic convention in Chicago and growing unrest over...

Annual black heritage visual exhibit opens at Ohio museum

Oct. 13, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual Ohio art show will once again highlight black history and culture through several artistic mediums. The fifth annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms exhibit opens Saturday at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The juried show runs through January and features 69...

South Carolina swarmed by potential Democratic candidates

Oct. 13, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...