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FILE - In this July 11, 2020 file photo, Alycia Pascual-Pena, left, and Marley Ralph kneel while holding a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest in memory of Breonna Taylor, in Los Angeles. Taylor was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville, Ky., Metro Police Department on March 13. The International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, a prominent law enforcement training group, is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution. The document contains misinformation and inflammatory rhetoric that could incite officers against protesters and people of color, critics said. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Police guide that calls BLM a terrorist group draws outrage

Dec. 2, 2020 2:09 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent law enforcement training group is promoting a lengthy research document riddled with falsehoods and conspiracies that urges local police to treat Black Lives Matter activists as terrorists plotting a violent revolution. The document distributed by the International Law...

US appeals court rules judge wrongly halted NC voter ID

Dec. 2, 2020 2:05 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina's latest photo voter identification law, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, deciding she erred when declaring the requirement was tainted by racial bias because a previous voter ID law had been struck down on similar grounds. The unanimous...

Prosecutors seek to have 3 tossed Pilot convictions restored

Dec. 2, 2020 1:28 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking to restore the tossed convictions for the former president of Pilot Flying J and two of his former employees related to a rebate scheme to cheat trucking companies out of millions of dollars. The petition filed this week asks a 6th U.S. Circuit Court...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Ill. Barber has become the first Black woman selected for the U.S. Naval Academy's top student leadership position of brigade commander.  She will assume her role next semester.  (Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy via AP, File)

Naval Academy midshipman reaches a milestone for Black women

Dec. 2, 2020 12:09 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Midshipman Sydney Barber had her doubts about applying for the top student leadership position at the U.S. Naval Academy. A Black woman had never held the post in the 44 years women have been able to attend the 175-year-old institution. A Black academy alumna of another generation saw...

Kosovo Albanian Fadil Rama, right, holds a cup of water for a Kosovo Serb Blagica Dicic a lonely 92-year old woman in a remote village of Vaganesh, Kosovo on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, abandoned by all her former ethnic Serb neighbors. Blagica Dicic is in failing health, and is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that’s been abandoned by all its other inhabitants, even her own children, but Fadil Rama, 54, comes from the other side of Kosovo’s bitter ethnic divide.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo ethnic divide eases as Muslim cares for elderly Serb

Dec. 2, 2020 5:51 AM EST

VAGANESH, Kosovo (AP) — Blagica Dicic, 92 and in failing health, is the only resident of a remote ethnic Serb minority village in the mountains of eastern Kosovo that's been abandoned by all its other inhabitants — including her own children. Djordje, the eldest son, has moved to Serbia's capital,...

This undated photo provided by Yale University shows Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, the top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response said Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Yale University via AP)

AP Interview: Biden adviser says race central to virus fight

Dec. 1, 2020 7:20 PM EST

Addressing racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus crisis cannot be an afterthought, a top adviser to President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic response said Tuesday. That means when testing and vaccination programs are designed and implemented, for example, they must consider fairness and equity...

Auditor: Professor owes nearly $2,000 after 'Scholar Strike'

Dec. 1, 2020 6:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s state auditor demanded Tuesday that a University of Mississippi professor pay nearly $2,000 after a two-day “work stoppage” to protest police brutality and other racial inequities State Auditor Shad White demanded sociology professor James Thomas pay...

FILE - In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a United States flag is reflected in the window of the Nasdaq studio, which displays indices and stocks down, in Times Square, New York. Nasdaq is looking to become more diverse, proposing new rules that would require all companies listed on its U.S. exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics about their board of directors. The listing rules would also require most Nasdaq-listed companies to have, or explain why they don’t have, at least two diverse directors. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Nasdaq seeks mandatory board diversity for listed companies

Dec. 1, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Nasdaq is pushing for the more than 3,000 companies listed on its U.S. stock exchange to make their boardrooms less overwhelmingly male and white by hiring directors that better reflect the country's diverse population. The company filed a proposal Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that, if...

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. At the end of the mass a delegation of youths from Panama will hand over the World Youth Day cross to youths from Portugal, where the next World Youth Day will be held in 2023. (Vincenzo Pinto/Pool via AP)

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Dec. 1, 2020 1:35 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and media organizations that spread their conspiracies in a new book penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. In “Let Us...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman attends a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Abdur'Rahman was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. The attorney general appealed the resentencing, and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Tuesday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Appeals court vacates agreement to resentence Black inmate

Dec. 1, 2020 12:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee trial court judge improperly reduced a Black inmate's death sentence to life in prison last year, a state appeals court has ruled. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman (AHB’-dur-RAK’-mahn) was scheduled to be executed in April, but the judge resentenced him last...