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New Zealand to probe role of spies, guns in mosque attacks

Mar. 25, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will look into what roles semi-automatic guns, social media and intelligence agencies had preceding the attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday it would...

University of Georgia fraternity suspended over racist video

Mar. 24, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video showing some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur. The university's Student Government Association said in a statement Friday that they were aware of a video circulating on social media that shows...

The Latest: O'Rourke gives a nod to Sanders

Mar. 24, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 11:50 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke says he's glad Bernie Sanders is also running and that the country "owes so much" to the Vermont senator for his persistence and leadership to move the country closer to embracing universal...

Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shooting

Mar. 23, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until...

The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process

Mar. 22, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all times local): 10:30 p.m. The district attorney in Pittsburgh says he disagrees with a jury's decision to acquit a former police officer in the fatal shooting of an...

'Rise up!' NZ students heal with haka after mosque attacks

Mar. 22, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Their voices have thundered across this heartsick city, in parks and at flower memorials and schools. Day after day, the students of Christchurch have gathered, feet smashing the ground in unison as they chant the words of their nation's indigenous people in an outpouring...

O'Rourke tackles racial issues in first South Carolina visit

Mar. 22, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — In the first primary state where Democratic presidential hopefuls can test their mettle before a mostly black audience, Beto O'Rourke took on issues of race Friday, telling South Carolina voters that he might not know their struggles firsthand but wants to be a president who can try...

Teen charged with making racist threats in Charlottesville

Mar. 22, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with making online threats of "ethnic cleansing" against black and Hispanic students at the public high school in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city that was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017. The threats had shut down the city's public schools on Thursday...

Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image

Mar. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's is getting "Shaq-ified." The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John's in other ways. The company hopes O'Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the...

Democrats' 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

Mar. 22, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — When the top lieutenant to a presidential contender phoned Georgia Democratic Party chairwoman Nikema Williams recently to ask for a one-on-one meeting, Williams declined. "I'm sorry, but I talk to candidates; I don't talk to surrogates," she said, recalling the conversation in an interview....