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Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Dec. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence,...

Buttigieg backs black leaders after Indiana event disrupted

Dec. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EST

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is applauding African American leaders in his home city for “speaking their truth” after a protester disrupted an event held to demonstrate black support for the mayor in South Bend, Indiana. African American leaders held...

Panel calls for Virginia to purge dozens of old racist laws

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the...

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

Aiming for debate, Booker appeals directly to Harris voters

Dec. 5, 2019 3:44 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, facing the prospect of not qualifying for this month's debate, made a direct appeal on Thursday to supporters of former rival Kamala Harris. He tried to make the case that he is now the lone contender able to appeal to the diverse group...

UK judge clears 3 men falsely convicted 50 years ago

Dec. 5, 2019 12:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London’s Court of Appeal on Thursday exonerated three men who had served time in prison nearly 50 years ago following the testimony of a corrupt police officer — one of several high-profile cases involving black men that proved controversial. Judge Ian Burnett quashed the...

Harris exit points to hurdles facing minority candidates

Dec. 5, 2019 12:15 AM EST

Kamala Harris cloaked her presidential campaign in the promise of becoming the first black woman in the White House. That wasn't enough for donors and supporters, including black voters. The California senator abruptly withdrew from the race on Tuesday after her once-promising campaign failed to coalesce around a...

Kid Rock's Detroit eatery closing after his anti-Oprah rant

Dec. 4, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Kid Rock-owned restaurant in Detroit's Little Caesars Arena will close once its licensing agreement expires this spring, the singer and arena operator announced separately Wednesday. The severing of ties between the suburban Detroit-born musician and Ilitch Holdings came days after video...

Black officer accuses department of discrimination

Dec. 4, 2019 10:42 AM EST

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he has been harassed by fellow officers and passed over for promotions because he is black. Murfreesboro Officer Christopher Williams says in the lawsuit against the city and Chief Michael Bowen that the department...

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

Dec. 4, 2019 7:55 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the Democratic nomination. Instead, she faced headwinds in her home state that would become a microcosm for the...