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Hispanic journalist group returns Fox News conference money

Aug. 22, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest Hispanic journalist group is rescinding Fox News' sponsorship of its upcoming annual conference in Texas and returning nearly $17,000 to the network in response to a radio host's comments about Latino immigrants. Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of...

Trump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA star Bob Cousy

Aug. 22, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented 91-year-old basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, praising the Boston Celtics star as "one of the all-time greats in the history of sports." Cousy played for the Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league...

Justice Dept. sent anti-Semitic post to immigration judges

Aug. 22, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's immigration arm sent judges a morning news briefing that included a blog post from a virulently anti-immigration website that also publishes work by white nationalists. The post by VDARE featured links that directly attacked immigration judges with racially tinged...

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Aug. 22, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the world to "stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups" on the first international day to remember people targeted for their religion and beliefs. He said that "Jews have...

Freed man says he relied on mother, God while behind bars

Aug. 22, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who maintained his innocence even as he served a life sentence for a murder he didn't commit was freed Thursday and said he got his strength in prison from God and his mother. Dontae Sharpe went free after an evidentiary hearing in Pitt County court in Greenville,...

Virginia marks pivotal moment when African slaves arrived

Aug. 22, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Four hundred years after American slavery and democratic self-rule were born almost simultaneously in what became the state of Virginia, ceremonies will mark the arrival of enslaved Africans in the mid-Atlantic colony and seek healing from the legacy of bondage that still haunts the...

Papuan students hold independence rally in Indonesia capital

Aug. 22, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 100 West Papuan students in Indonesia's capital staged a protest against racism on Thursday and called for independence for their restive region. The protesters marched down a main road leading to Indonesia's army headquarters and presidential palace chanting "Freedom...

23 accused in broad Aryan Warriors supremacist case in Vegas

Aug. 21, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nineteen men and four women are charged in Las Vegas with being part of a white supremacist gang with ties to state prison and street crimes, including murder, drug trafficking and identity theft, according to documents unsealed Wednesday. A 152-count indictment filed in Nevada state court...

Authorities investigate Dallas postal customer's racist rant

Aug. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating a customer's racist rant against an employee at a post office. In a widely viewed video posted Wednesday on Twitter, a white man standing at a north Dallas postal counter yells for the worker to give him a form. Other...

AP Analysis: Trump's 'disloyal' jab may boost base, not Jews

Aug. 21, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's branding of American Jews who vote for Democrats as "disloyal" to their religion and Israel prompted alarms of anti-Semitism. But his ultimate aim appears to be dividing Democrats, peeling off Jewish support and shoring up his white evangelical Christian base....