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Hawaii food distributor sued for supervisors' alleged racism

Sep. 27, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Supervisors of a Hawaii food distribution company discriminated against a Black employee by subjecting him to racial slurs and racist references to slavery, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit,...

Army: Soldier says she was assaulted by Afghan refugees

Sep. 27, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

A soldier reported that she was assaulted by a small group of Afghan refugees at a shelter complex set up for the refugees in New Mexico, Fort Bliss officials said. A Fort Bliss statement said the assault happened Sept. 19 at the Fort Bliss Doña Ana County Range Complex...

Crucial time for Biden's huge government-reshaping bill

Sep. 27, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Free pre-kindergarten and child care subsidies for families with small children. Dental care and hearing aids for seniors with Medicare. Infrastructure improvements in every state. There's a lot in President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion...

China: 2 Canadians in prisoner swap freed for health reasons

Sep. 27, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that two Canadians detained in late 2019 who were allowed to return to Canada in a prisoner swap were released on bail for health reasons. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to...

Mississippi gov: Still no word on medical marijuana session

Sep. 27, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday was still not saying whether he will call legislators into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and consider other issues that House and Senate leaders are promoting. “Nothing today,”...

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds for new prisons

Sep. 27, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facing a Justice Department lawsuit over Alabama's notoriously violent prisons, state lawmakers on Monday began a special session on a $1.3 billion construction plan that would use federal pandemic relief funds to pay part of the cost of building massive new lockups....

Global Citizen Live generates $1.1 billion to fight poverty

Sep. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Global Citizen Live, a 24-hour concert that featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, BTS and Elton John and dozens of other stars, raised more than $1.1 billion in commitments and pledges over the weekend to fight extreme poverty. ...

Yemen uses UN speech to call for more COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

The top diplomat of Yemen's internationally recognized government said Monday his conflict-torn country needs millions more coronavirus vaccines to ensure some of the world's poorest are not left behind. In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Ahmed Awad Bin...

Pilot program for prison mail raises civil rights concerns

Sep. 27, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has launched a pilot program for mail handling at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility that aims to stem rising drug use by inmates at facilities. The program, which has alarmed civil rights advocates, involves scanning incoming mail and...

US Rep. Karen Bass enters race for Los Angeles mayor

Sep. 27, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass entered the 2022 race for Los Angeles mayor Monday, shaking up an already crowded field hoping to replace outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti. Bass made the announcement online, saying on her website that she planned to focus...