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Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

Feb. 19, 2019 6:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 29 — Jussie Smollett tells Chicago police he was physically attacked by two men in downtown...

Students can skip Pledge of Allegiance, school district says

Feb. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school district has acknowledged students have the right not to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance, as a result of a lawsuit by a teenage girl who says her teacher shamed her and other students for opting out. The Waterbury Board of Education and teacher agreed to...

The Latest: 2 brothers meet with police in Smollett case

Feb. 19, 2019 5:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Chicago police spokesman says two brothers who were arrested and later released from custody in connection with the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have met with police and prosecutors at...

8th lawmaker quits UK's Labour over anti-Semitism and Brexit

Feb. 19, 2019 5:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An eighth lawmaker has quit Britain's Labour Party over its handling of anti-Semitism and Brexit, boosting a new breakaway group from the U.K.'s main opposition party. Joan Ryan announced late Tuesday that after four decades in the party she was leaving Labour to sit with the newly formed...

Newspaper calls for KKK resurgence, schools rescind honors

Feb. 19, 2019 5:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A small-town newspaper has called for a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, prompting two universities to withdraw the awards it had given its editor. Auburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi decided Tuesday to rescind previous honors for Goodloe Sutton, editor and...

Correction: Black Legislator Threats story

Feb. 19, 2019 4:20 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In early versions of a developing story Feb. 7 about a man facing gun-related charges, The Associated Press reported erroneously in a headline that Max Misch threatened Kiah Morris. The attorney general's office found that Morris was the victim of racial harassment but declined to...

Thousands rally in France to oppose recent anti-Semitic acts

Feb. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Rallies against anti-Semitism attracted crowds of thousands in Paris and other French cities Tuesday following a series of aggressive acts with Jewish targets, including a cemetery where about 80 gravestones were spray-painted with swastikas overnight. In the French capital, former presidents...

The Latest: French rally to say 'No' to anti-Semitism

Feb. 19, 2019 2:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on events condemning anti-Semitism in France(all times local): 8:40 p.m. A crowd of thousands have gathered on Paris' famed Republic Plaza to say "No" to anti-Semitism following a rise in acts targeting the country's Jewish community. Dozens of rallies took place Tuesday evening in...

New hate-crime charges filed in Florida MLK confrontation

Feb. 19, 2019 2:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — An armed white man who got into a traffic confrontation with a group of black teenagers protesting housing inequality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been charged with hate crimes, prosecutors said Tuesday. Mark Bartlett, 51, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with prejudice...

Mississippi doctor, civil rights pioneer James Anderson dies

Feb. 19, 2019 11:50 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Well-known African-American physician and civil rights activist Dr. James Anderson has died. He was 82. A spokeswoman for People's Funeral Home in Jackson confirmed that Dr. James Anderson died Monday. WLBT-TV reports Anderson died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The...