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Many say now is the time to fight racial bias in foster care

Apr. 14, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

Cheri Williams looks back with regret at the start of her career as a child welfare caseworker in 1998. Systemic racism is a major reason why. “I removed probably about 100 kids from their homes in the 15 months I was an investigator … a lot of them were children of...

Biden going ahead with big Trump fighter-jet sale to UAE

Apr. 14, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

The Biden administration says it will go ahead with a big Trump administration sale of jet fighters and advanced armed drones to the United Arab Emirates, over objections from Democrats and some others that the Gulf country is fueling conflicts around the Middle East. The...

Italian TV host apologizes for gestures mimicking Asians

Apr. 14, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A Swiss-Italian television host apologized Wednesday for mimicking Asians on a satirical TV program after her actions drew protests on social media. “I am truly sorry and I apologize if I hurt anybody,’’ Michelle Hunziker said in English in a video...

Lawyer: Man accused in Texas mass shooting was harassed

Apr. 14, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — The employee accused of opening fire at a Texas cabinet-making company was harassed by his colleagues before he fatally shot one man and wounded five other co-workers, his lawyer said. Larry Bollin remained in a Brazos County jail Wednesday on...

Worcester decides not to fight federal voting rights lawsuit

Apr. 14, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council decided not to fight a lawsuit brought by city residents of color who alleged that the at-large system for electing school committee members is discriminatory and violates federal law. Mayor Joseph Petty said following...

Mexico president focusing efforts to stop child migrants

Apr. 14, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday he plans to visit his country’s southern border to discuss with governors and mayors there how to stop the smuggling of child migrants — an issue of growing concern for the United States. ...

Wisconsin high court: Governor can't limit business capacity

Apr. 14, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Tony Evers' administration does not have the authority to issue capacity limits on bars, restaurants and other businesses without the Legislature's approval, a ruling that comes two weeks after the...

Indiana lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

Apr. 14, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have approved a bill requiring doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process. The Republican-dominated House voted 62-25 on Wednesday to give the measure...

Cook Co. aims to disrupt conviction-to-deportation pipeline

Apr. 14, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — This story was co-produced by Injustice Watch and Borderless Magazine. —- Alejandra Cano thought she was in the clear. It had been five years since she got sober after a decades long struggle with drug...

Pushback against restrictive voting measures gains momentum

Apr. 14, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

The pushback against new voting bills and laws in numerous states is growing with dozens of nation's largest corporations and business leaders signing a new statement objecting to “any discriminatory legislation." Signatories to the letter, published Wednesday in The...