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3 more funerals for Buffalo victims in week of goodbyes

May. 27, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A mother and sister known for baking decadent pastries. A restaurant worker buying his 3-year-old's birthday cake. A father and die-hard Buffalo Bills fan who worked as a school bus aide. Those three victims of the racist attack on a Buffalo supermarket were...

Episcopal diocese awards $175K in reparations fund grants

May. 27, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has awarded $175,000 in grants to community organizations from a fund established to make reparations for systemic racism and slavery. The diocese announced Thursday that six organizations doing the work of “restoring African...

Ex-officer who shot woman, wounded cop, gets probation

May. 27, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

A former Connecticut police officer who opened fire at an unarmed couple's car in 2019, wounding a woman and another officer in New Haven, was sentenced Friday to probation and community service. The sentence imposed on former Hamden Officer Devin Eaton did not sit well with...

Cops investigate swastika painted on Black Missouri church

May. 27, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A black swastika was painted on the outside wall of an historically Black church in southwestern Missouri and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime. Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church in Springfield reported that the swastika was spray...

Upstate New York teachers put on leave after offensive texts

May. 27, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Several public school teachers in Rochester were put on leave after exchanging text messages that made "racist and demeaning” references to students, officials said Friday. The Democrat and Chronicle reported the teachers worked at Enrico Fermi School 17,...

Governor saw deadly arrest video months before prosecutors

May. 27, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With racial tensions still simmering over the killing of George Floyd, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and his top lawyers gathered in a state police conference room in October 2020 to prepare for the fallout from a troubling case closer to home: troopers’ deadly arrest...

Kaul settles DOJ administrator's discrimination complaint

May. 27, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Justice has agreed to pay an agency administrator $46,276 to resolve her discrimination complaints. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that the department signed the settlement with Division of Criminal Investigation...

Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ first attempt at responding to the back-to-back mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, failed in the Senate as Republicans blocked a domestic terrorism bill that would have opened debate on difficult questions surrounding hate crimes and gun safety....

Baby formula shortage highlights racial disparities

May. 27, 2022 07:50 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Capri Isidoro broke down in tears in the office of a lactation consultant. The mother of two had been struggling to breastfeed her 1-month-old daughter ever since she was born, when the hospital gave the baby formula first without consulting her on her desire...

Racism in the ranks: Dutch police film spurs conversation

May. 27, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A documentary about discrimination within the ranks of Dutch police has sparked a national conversation in the Netherlands about racism, with many officers and others hoping it will finally bring about change. “The Blue Family,” or “De Blauwe...