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Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Dec. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence,...

Panel calls for Virginia to purge dozens of old racist laws

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the...

Aiming for debate, Booker appeals directly to Harris voters

Dec. 5, 2019 3:44 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, facing the prospect of not qualifying for this month's debate, made a direct appeal on Thursday to supporters of former rival Kamala Harris. He tried to make the case that he is now the lone contender able to appeal to the diverse group...

Farage’s Brexit Party hit by split a week before UK election

Dec. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One week before Britain votes in a national election, fractures were emerging Thursday within jittery political parties unsure how a volatile electorate will judge them. The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which became the U.K.’s top party in European elections earlier this year, saw...

Israeli foreign minister says he hopes Corbyn isn’t elected

Dec. 5, 2019 6:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister says he hopes the leader of Britain’s Labour Party doesn’t get elected in the country’s upcoming vote. Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio on Thursday that he hopes Jeremy Corbyn isn’t brought to power on Dec. 12. Katz said:...

AP Interview: New Zealand PM aims to limit spread of hate

Dec. 5, 2019 2:40 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister said she will do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial, while she hopes artificial intelligence will one day stop such attacks from being broadcast online. In an...

Gabrielle Union, NBC meet over 'America's Got Talent' firing

Dec. 4, 2019 9:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC both said Wednesday that they have had a “productive" first conversation on her firing from “America's Got Talent" and her allegations that she was removed over her complaints about racism and other troubling on-set behavior. “We had a...

College students take aim at 19th Century editor's statue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:20 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some Georgia State University students are demanding that Atlanta's mayor remove a prominent downtown statue of a 19th Century newspaper editor who called for maintaining white supremacy in the South. Henry Grady was a newspaper editor who advocated for a “New South” after the...

Black officer accuses department of discrimination

Dec. 4, 2019 10:42 AM EST

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police officer has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he has been harassed by fellow officers and passed over for promotions because he is black. Murfreesboro Officer Christopher Williams says in the lawsuit against the city and Chief Michael Bowen that the department...

France creates anti-hate crime office amid anti-Semitic wave

Dec. 4, 2019 7:40 AM EST

WESTHOFFEN, France (AP) — The French government is creating a national anti-hate crime office following the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner made the announcement Wednesday in the town of Westhoffen, where vandals scrawled...