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Jussie Smollett awaits verdict as jurors consider case

Dec. 09, 2021 00:03 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jurors in Jussie Smollett’s trial are expected to resume deliberations Thursday on charges the former “Empire” actor orchestrated a fake attack on himself, then lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist hate crime. The jury...

Revamped New Mexico 3-seat congressional map advances

Dec. 08, 2021 22:52 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic legislators on Wednesday advanced a plan to redraw New Mexico’s three congressional districts and reshape a southern district that has traditionally been dominated by Republicans. The map revamp from Democratic Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces...

Jussie Smollett case in jurors' hands at Chicago trial

Dec. 08, 2021 19:52 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday there is “overwhelming evidence” that Jussie Smollett lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist hate crime, while a defense attorney called the case a “house of cards” built on testimony from two liars. ...

Hobbs issues forceful apology for role in firing Black aide

Dec. 08, 2021 19:47 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs apologized “unequivocally” Wednesday to a Black woman who was fired from her legislative job six years ago, her most forceful response to a firestorm that has threatened to upend her frontrunner campaign for governor. Hobbs...

Timeline of events since Jussie Smollett reported attack

Dec. 08, 2021 16:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett is on trial on charges that he lied to Chicago police when the former “Empire” actor and R&B singer reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack nearly three years ago. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22, 2019 ...

Hundreds of LA-area cases imperiled by police officer texts

Dec. 08, 2021 16:57 PM EST

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of Southern California criminal cases could be jeopardized after more than a dozen police officers exchanged racist and homophobic text messages, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times. The officers — current and former members...

Court suggests religious schools OK to get Maine tuition aid

Dec. 08, 2021 16:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared ready Wednesday to rule that religious schools can't be excluded from a Maine program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations' access to taxpayer money. After nearly two hours of...

Justice Dept. still probing civil rights era police killings

Dec. 08, 2021 15:50 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Justice Department’s decision to close its investigation of Emmett Till’s slaying all but ended the possibility of new charges in the teen’s death 66 years ago, yet agents are still probing as many as 20 other civil rights cold cases, including the police...

2 UGA buildings to be named for trail-blazing Black students

Dec. 08, 2021 14:05 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday approved naming two University of Georgia campus buildings after Black graduates who made history at the institution. The science library will be named in memory of Shirley Mathis McBay, the first Black student to earn a...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Dec. 08, 2021 13:19 PM EST

Kansas City Star. December 3, 2021. Editorial: Roger Marshall’s shutdown threat isn’t about vaccine mandate — or the economy, either Of course Roger Marshall is threatening to shut down the government over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Because to Kansas’...