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FILE- In this Dec. 1, 2009, file photo, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri attends a press conference in New Delhi, India. The Indian environmentalist, under whose chairmanship the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize alongside former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2007, has died after a heart surgery. Pachauri’s death was announced late Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, by The Energy and Resources Institute, or TERI, a  research group he headed until 2016 in New Delhi. He was 79. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan, file)

RK Pachauri, who led Nobel-winning climate panel, dies at 79

Feb. 13, 2020 10:06 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian environmentalist Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, under whose leadership a U.N. climate change panel shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, has died after recent heart surgery. He was 79. Pachauri’s death was announced late Thursday by The Energy and Resources Institute, or TERI, a...

This combination of 2020 and 2017 photos shows Katrease Stafford, left, and Aaron Morrison. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, The Associated Press announced the two will be joining the AP's Race and Ethnicity team to write about how race intersects with newsworthy topics such as politics, criminal justice, federal policies, the environment, religion, entertainment and sports. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, Courtesy of Quincy G. Ledbetter via AP)

AP hires 2 reporters to cover race, join national team

Feb. 13, 2020 2:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has hired two veteran journalists to join its national reporting team that covers race and ethnicity. Katrease Stafford and Aaron Morrison will join the AP’s Race and Ethnicity team and write about how race intersects with topics such as politics, criminal...

Former law clerk alleges harassment by late prominent judge

Feb. 13, 2020 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former law clerk said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by the prominent federal judge she worked for, the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, and that the judiciary's new system for reporting misconduct remains inadequate. The former clerk, Olivia Warren, said in congressional testimony...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Jazmyne Childs, center, cries during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., as she describes the sexual harassment she says she endured while employed by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.  A former North Carolina NAACP leader accused of sexually harassing an employee has issued a statement denying the allegations and saying a lawsuit by Childs is baseless. The Rev. Curtis Gatewood issued a statement Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, referring to the suit filed earlier in the month as “baseless, frivolous, and outrageously nonfactual.”  (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner, File)

Ex-state NAACP leader denies harassment allegations in suit

Feb. 11, 2020 5:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina NAACP leader accused of sexually harassing an employee has issued a statement denying the allegations, saying a lawsuit brought by the woman is “"baseless." The Rev. Curtis Gatewood issued a statement Monday referring to the suit filed earlier in the...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference in Dallas. Paxton on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that forbids California state employees using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. California adopted the sanctions in response to a 2017 Texas law allowing foster care and adoption agencies to deny services based on religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Texas asks Supreme Court to repeal a California travel ban

Feb. 11, 2020 2:47 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law prohibiting state employees from using taxpayer-funded business trips to expos or conferences in Texas. Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the high court to reverse the ban on Monday, the Houston...

St. Louis County police chief announces retirement

Feb. 10, 2020 3:47 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in St. Louis County announced Monday that he is leaving the department, months after his leadership was called into question when a gay officer was awarded $20 million in a discrimination lawsuit. Jon Belmar, 56, has led the department, one of Missouri's largest with 1,362...

The Latest: ‘Parasite’ wins best picture Academy Award

Feb. 9, 2020 11:33 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local): __ 8:30 p.m. “Parasite” has won the best picture Academy Award, making history as the first foreign language film to win the ceremony's top honor. Bong Joon...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. Outlaw was named Philadelphia's new police commissioner and will start work on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

New Philadelphia police chief starts amid surge in homicides

Feb. 9, 2020 3:18 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The new commissioner of the nation's fourth-largest city police force will start work Monday amid a surge in homicides and calls for action to address ongoing allegations of racism and gender discrimination. Danielle Outlaw, the former police chief of Portland, Oregon, was chosen by...

Officials look to increase diversity of teachers

Feb. 8, 2020 3:05 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Joseph Headen, a U.S. History, sociology, AP history teacher and head football coach at Susquehanna Township High School in Dauphin County, is in his 23rd year of being an educator. Headen, one of the few black educators in his markedly diversified district, says he got into...

Brewery reopens Detroit taproom after lawsuit settlement

Feb. 7, 2020 6:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A brewery reopened a Detroit taproom months after settling a racial discrimination lawsuit by a black former employee. Founders Brewing Co. began serving drinks and food again to customers at the taproom just north of downtown on Thursday. Tracy Evans was fired as an events and promotions...