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Survival trumps politics in poverty-hit California farm town

Oct. 19, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Old-school R&B group The O'Jays get into a political groove

Oct. 19, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic R&B group The O'Jays has always made music for the heart. Now the group is going for the jugular on what it says is its last album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees known for the classic song "Love Train" on Friday released the politically charged single "Above the...

Democrats eyeing White House flock to Iowa's new star

Oct. 19, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Deidre DeJear is Iowa's newest political star — even if she hasn't yet won an election. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Sen....

Booker gets a warm welcome from South Carolina Democrats

Oct. 19, 2018 1:51 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Oct. 19, 2018 12:07 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch...

Booker stirs South Carolina Democrats in pre-midterm debut

Oct. 18, 2018 11:03 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Cory Booker had hundreds of Democratic activists nodding, applauding and eventually roaring — complete with a sermon-style call-and-response — as he entertained the Orangeburg County party barbecue to put the exclamation point on his first day in South Carolina as a...

Iconic Dodge City moves its only polling place outside town

Oct. 18, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Access to the ballot box in November will be more difficult for some people in Dodge City, where Hispanics now make up 60 percent of its population and have remade an iconic Wild West town that once was the destination of cowboys and buffalo hunters who frequented the Long Branch...

Ole Miss donor's name being removed after racist comment

Oct. 18, 2018 5:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A donor's name is being removed from the University of Mississippi journalism school nearly a month after his Facebook post drew backlash for being racist. Trustees of the state College Board voted unanimously Thursday to strip Ed Meek's name from the Meek School of Journalism and New...

Job growth is found to be no cure for a community's poverty

Oct. 18, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms. When such cities as Atlanta and Charlotte enjoyed a job surge in the 20...

Lawsuit: Teacher shamed student over pledge protest

Oct. 18, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who says she was mocked and shamed for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance filed a federal lawsuit this week against her teacher and the school board. The unnamed 14-year-old student said she and other students remained seated as part of a...