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Meeting draws people angry over fatal police shooting

May. 26, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 people turned out for a community meeting Saturday to protest the death of a young black man who was fatally shot by a Virginia police officer after he ran naked onto an interstate highway. Speakers at the meeting at Richmond's Second Baptist Church said they were angry...

The Latest: Family: Police need to handle people better

May. 26, 2018 5:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal police shooting of a naked and unarmed man in Richmond (all times local): 5:16 p.m. Family and friends of a man who was fatally shot by Richmond police after running naked onto an interstate highway are calling on police to find non-lethal ways of dealing with...

White neighbor gets prison for harassing black family

May. 26, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A neighbor accused of harassing and using racial epithets against a black Pennsylvania family for years has been sentenced to prison. A Northampton County judge sentenced 45-year-old Robert Kujawa to the term Friday after a jury convicted him of ethnic intimidation, harassment and...

Utah NAACP head disheartened by sentence in hate-crime case

May. 25, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of yelling racial slurs at the young son of a black man and then shocking the father with a stun cane has been sentenced to nine months behind bars — an outcome called disheartening by a civil rights leader. Defendant Mark O. Porter, 59, unleashed a diatribe...

Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

May. 25, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Nkechi Diallo, known as Rachel Dolezal before she legally changed her name in 2016, was charged this week with theft by...

Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

May. 25, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living. High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of squiring a...

NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall

May. 25, 2018 1:59 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Now that the NFL is drawing the line against players kneeling during the national anthem, athletes protesting police brutality and racial inequality may need to find a new playbook. The question is whether they intend to escalate their protests in some way. "The owners can try to...

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

May. 25, 2018 1:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that...

'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

May. 25, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. "I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong...

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

May. 24, 2018 8:57 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud,...