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3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

Oct. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The...

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022

Oct. 21, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. “Everybody I talked to said:...

Fallout from Jon Gruden emails leads to diversity questions

Oct. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

Every week for the past two seasons, NFL players take the field wearing social justice messages on their helmets, and “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” are stenciled in the end zones as part of the league’s Inspire Change platform. But actions often speak...

'Widespread' racial harassment found at Utah school district

Oct. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal civil rights investigation released Thursday found widespread racial harassment of Black and Asian American students at a Utah school district, including hundreds of documented uses of the N-word and other racial epithets over the last five years. ...

What code? NASCAR drivers lament lack of on-track etiquette

Oct. 21, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tensions are high at every level of NASCAR as its grueling, 11-month season enters the homestretch with three weeks remaining to crown three series champions. All eyes had been on feuding drivers Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick, but NASCAR last...

Northeastern investigates act of antisemitic vandalism

Oct. 21, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern University is investigating an act of antisemitic vandalism that the school's president calls "despicable." President Joseph Aoun in a message to the campus community posted on the school's website said a Jewish religious symbol known as a...

Alaska museums condemn antisemitic vandalism in Anchorage

Oct. 21, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials at museums across Alaska have condemned repeated acts of antisemitic vandalism this year targeting the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage. During instances in May and September, someone has placed swastika stickers on the building or...

Town pays $50K to Black man for racial bias traffic stop

Oct. 21, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

CHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town apologized and agreed to pay $50,000 to a Black motorist who was stopped by a police officer because of his race. The Chester selectboard posted the apology to Obadiah Jacobs on the town's website. The document was...

Australia, UK defend AUKUS pact, say fears overhyped

Oct. 21, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Australia and Britain on Thursday defended their nuclear submarine deal with the U.S. amid concerns it could escalate tensions in the region and spark an arms race. U.K. Minister for Armed Forces James Heappey said there “has been a lot...

EXPLAINER: How jury selection works in Arbery slaying trial

Oct. 20, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Teachers, auto mechanics and retirees summoned to jury duty in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are being questioned about their thoughts on racism, their social media habits and whether they own guns, while hundreds more await their turn. Finding an...