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Witnesses: No reason for Texas police to fire into car

Aug. 17, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas testified on Friday that there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and four other black teenagers. The testimony came during the second day of the murder trial for fired...

Detroit lawmaker apologizes for calling opponent racial slur

Aug. 17, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate. Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to refer to state Rep. Stephanie Chang, the...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for...

Newseum to honor legendary black journalist with statue

Aug. 16, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pioneering black, female journalist is being honored with a statue in the nation's capital. A life-size sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African-American woman credentialed to cover the White House, will go on display next month at the Newseum, the nonprofit news museum in...

Georgia man pleads guilty in cold-case racial slaying

Aug. 16, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — More than three decades after a black man died in a racially motivated killing in Georgia, two white men have been held accountable. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Moore Sr. pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 1983 slaying of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. Moore...

Grime star Stormzy launches scholarship for black students

Aug. 16, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London rapper Stormzy is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain's prestigious Cambridge University. The grime artist says the Stormzy Scholarship will pay the 9,250 pound ($11,750) a year tuition fees, plus a maintenance grant, for two undergraduates at the...

Former US labor secretary to keynote conference

Aug. 16, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former U.S. Department of Labor secretary for the Clinton administration is scheduled to deliver the main address at a conference in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Alexis Herman will deliver the main address on Saturday at the 48th Midwest Regional Conference of Delta...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump overstates his role in black job gains

Aug. 16, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking unjustified credit for recent job gains by black Americans even as he defends himself against claims of racism. Trump and his administration argue he's done more to help the economic well-being of minorities than Barack Obama, the country's first and only...

Educator upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

Aug. 15, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An educator who pulled off a major upset when she defeated a longtime incumbent lawmaker in the Democratic primaries will become one of only two black women in Wisconsin's state Assembly — a feat she attributes to long days knocking on voters' doors. LaKeshia Myers, 34, beat state...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on black unemployment

Aug. 15, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking unjustified credit for recent job gains by black Americans even as he defends himself against claims of racism. Trump and his administration argue he's done more to help the economic well-being of minorities than Barack Obama, the country's first and only...