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Caitlin Clark's 33-point game moves her past Lynette Woodard for the major college scoring record

Feb. 29, 2024 00:49 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Caitlin Clark has another career record on her astounding resume: the most points by any major college women's player to ever take the court. For Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder and her peers, this one matters the most. Iowa's superstar guard scored 33...

Man gets life in prison after pleading guilty in the sexual assaults of 4 women in their Texas homes

Feb. 28, 2024 22:27 PM EST

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A man was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in the attacks of four women who were sexually assaulted in their homes throughout the Dallas area, including three women who were alumnae of the same national Black sorority. Jeffery Lemor Wheat,...

Climate change, cost and competition for water drive settlement over tribal rights to Colorado River

Feb. 28, 2024 20:39 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Native American tribe with one of the largest outstanding claims to water in the Colorado River basin is closing in on a settlement with more than a dozen parties, putting it on a path to piping water to tens of thousands of tribal members in Arizona who still live...

UC Berkeley officials denounce protest that forced police to evacuate Jewish event for safety

Feb. 28, 2024 18:00 PM EST

Leaders of the University of California, Berkeley, have denounced a protest against an event organized by Jewish students that forced police to evacuate attendees and a speaker from Israel for their safety after demonstrators broke through doors. A criminal investigation has begun,...

South Carolina's push to be next-to-last state with hate crimes law stalls again

Feb. 28, 2024 17:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters who want to make South Carolina the next-to-last U.S. state to pass a hate crimes law increasing penalties for some crimes fueled by race, gender or sexual orientation are running out of time to get what could be a decisive vote in the state Senate. ...

Washington state House overwhelmingly passes ban on hog-tying by police

Feb. 28, 2024 17:02 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that would ban police from hog-tying suspects, a restraint technique that has long drawn concern because of the risk of suffocation. “This practice is dehumanizing, and it’s dangerous,”...

Philadelphia Orchestra's home renamed Marian Anderson Hall as Verizon name comes off

Feb. 28, 2024 15:22 PM EST

The Philadelphia Orchestra's home is being renamed Marian Anderson Hall in honor of the pioneering Black American contralto, a rare case of an artist's name replacing a corporation. The orchestra's auditorium in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts was known as Verizon Hall from...

Biden administration taps $366M to fund clean energy for Native American tribes and rural areas

Feb. 27, 2024 20:30 PM EST

The federal government will fund 17 projects across the U.S. to expand access to renewable energy on Native American reservations and in other rural areas, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. The $366 million plan will pay for solar, battery storage and hydropower projects in...

San Francisco apologizes to Black residents for decades of racist policies

Feb. 27, 2024 20:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supervisors in San Francisco formally apologized Tuesday to African Americans and their descendants for the city’s role in perpetuating racism and discrimination, with several stating that this was just the start of reparations for Black residents and not the end. ...

A work stoppage to support a mechanic who found a noose is snarling school bus service in St. Louis

Feb. 27, 2024 19:04 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Black mechanic for the company that provides school bus services for the St. Louis school district said he found a noose at his workstation, leading at least 100 drivers to stop work in a show of support and NAACP leaders to call for an investigation into whether it was a hate...