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Teacher of the Year works with youths in juvenile detention

Apr. 24, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As a veteran teacher at a troubled high school in Richmond, Virginia, Rodney Robinson wanted to better understand why so many students go directly from school to prison. So he took a job teaching students at a juvenile detention center. Four years later, Robinson has been chosen as the...

Hate charge: White man drove car at interracial couple

Apr. 24, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A white Louisiana man is charged with a hate crime after allegedly running down an interracial couple. News outlets report Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies say 50-year-old James Descant holds "disdain" for mixed couples. Deputies say the black man and white woman were standing...

Straight talk on race becoming a must for white candidates

Apr. 24, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

After touring the National Lynching Memorial recently, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke of the "shame" he felt that some white people "kind of looked the other way during these lynching incidents." Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas has acknowledged he "clearly had advantages" as a white man....

10 Things to Know for Today

Apr. 24, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SRI LANKA EASTER BOMBINGS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 359 The country's leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. 2. CRUCIAL SUMMIT IN FAR-EASTERN...

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Apr. 23, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country's prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still...

Anguilla releases new details in US tourist murder case

Apr. 23, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Anguilla released new details Tuesday in an investigation involving a U.S. financial adviser charged with killing a hotel worker during a family vacation, a case that has caused racial tensions on a Caribbean island that caters to wealthy vacationers. Police...

Florida voter turnout in 2018 buoyed by youth, Hispanics

Apr. 23, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Voter turnout in Florida jumped to more than 52% in last year's midterm elections from almost 45% in the 2014 midterm races, buoyed by increased ballot-casting by young voters and Hispanics, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday. But even though the swing state had...

United Airlines agent charged after racial slur accusation

Apr. 23, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A United Airlines airport agent is accused of using a racial slur against a customer and faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The charge against Carmella Davano was filed in municipal court in Houston last month after a Feb. 26 incident at Bush Intercontinental Airport. United...

Town keeps playing Smith recording amid racist allegations

Apr. 23, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey shore town says they keep playing Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" on its boardwalk despite allegations of racism against the singer. Wildwood has traditionally started each day by playing the song. "It's an Irving Berlin patriotic song that has...

Harris adds to endorsements in early-voting South Carolina

Apr. 23, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala (KAH'-mah-lah) Harris is adding to her list of African American endorsements in South Carolina, the first test of the black vote in next year's primary elections. Harris' campaign tells The Associated Press that I.S. Leevy (LEE'-vee) Johnson is...