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Ole Miss honors student wears blackface, prompts warning

Oct. 14, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi honors student has reported himself to the college for posting a photo online of him wearing blackface, prompting the school to issue a warning about costumes. Citing a school email, news outlets report the student told the college he acknowledged "the...

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Oct. 14, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald...

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

Oct. 13, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the...

Thousands in Berlin protest against anti-Semitism

Oct. 13, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people in Berlin protested against anti-Semitism on Sunday, days after a man attacked a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle. About 10,000 people participated in the march through the German capital. Several thousand others protested Saturday in other cities including...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows to bolster intelligence

Oct. 13, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's former defense chief, a front-runner in next month's presidential election, said Sunday that he would empower the state's intelligence sector with necessary legal cover to help secure the country in the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday bomb blasts. Gotabaya...

Official: Spitting incident at museum not racially motivated

Oct. 12, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school official says she doesn't believe race was a factor when a white student spat on a black visitor at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. School officials in Shelton say the Friday incident resulted in a group from...

US judge hears arguments about Mississippi election system

Oct. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is giving no indication of how or when he will rule in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing a governor and other statewide officials. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III heard arguments Friday, just over three weeks before...

Jury deadlocks in police chief's hate-crime trial

Oct. 11, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal jury failed to reach a verdict Friday on two hate crime-related charges against a white former police chief accused of assaulting a handcuffed black suspect, and the U.S. attorney's office immediately said it would seek a retrial. Two days after finding former Bordentown...

Death row inmate's attorneys say appeal ignores justice

Oct. 11, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abudur'Rahman said Friday that the state attorney general is valuing "proceduralism over justice" with an attempt to scuttle a resentencing agreement. Brad MacLean, who has defended Abudur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) for more than...

The Latest: UN council to say well done in person to Ahmed

Oct. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says its 15 members will be delivering a message in person in 10 days to Nobel peace laureate Abiy Ahmed: "Well done! You made us proud." South Africa's U.N. Ambassador Jerry Matjila,...