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Court lets Chicago cop's sentence stand in teen's shooting

Mar. 19, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a prison sentence of less than seven years for a white Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald that many criticized as far too lenient. The high court offered no explanation for its 4-2 decision that denied a...

The Latest: Chicago cop's lawyer heralds ruling on sentence

Mar. 19, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Supreme Court letting Chicago officer's sentence stand (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Illinois' attorney general has acknowledged his office is effectively out of options to get a new sentencing hearing for a white Chicago police officer convicted of slaying black...

Jury convicts Oregon man in hate-crime killing of black teen

Mar. 19, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted an Oregon man wearing a hat with white supremacist symbols of murder, a hate crime and hit-and-run in the death of a black teenager, who was run down in suburban Portland after an altercation in a convenience store parking lot. Prosecutors argued Russell...

Warren wraps up 3-state Southern swing in Alabama

Mar. 19, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-state Southern swing on Tuesday with appearances in Alabama, where the Democratic presidential candidate talked about her affordable housing plan as well as her call to eliminate the electoral college. Warren began the day with a walking tour of...

Mosque shootings renew fears of terror by lone attackers

Mar. 19, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

In his manifesto, the white supremacist charged with attacking two New Zealand mosques praised fellow "freedom fighters" as his role models. In reality, all were terrorists — most notable for acting alone. Investigators' growing certainty that a single gunman was responsible for the massacre that claimed...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Mar. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...

Supreme Court to hear case on racial bias in jury selection

Mar. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A black Mississippi man who has been tried six times for murder says his latest conviction and death sentence should be thrown out for a familiar reason — the prosecutor's practice of keeping African-Americans off the jury. Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22...

Man sentenced for racist attack on man at Longview bar

Mar. 19, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a racist attack on a black man at a Longview bar. The Daily News reports 33-year-old Jeremy Campbell was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty in February to malicious harassment...

Warren backs congressional plan for reparations study

Mar. 18, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday embraced a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced...

Supreme Court struggles with Virginia redistricting case

Mar. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed to struggle Monday with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia has used to choose House delegates, a map a lower court ruled discriminated...