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Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher dead at 86

Dec. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. Hatcher died Friday night at a Chicago hospital, said his daughter, Indiana state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. She did not provide a cause of her father's death....

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

Dec. 14, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced...

Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat

Dec. 13, 2019 5:38 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boys, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing...

Repercussions over UNC's "Silent Sam" statue deal continue

Dec. 13, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Critics on Friday pushed back against a deal to protect a Civil War statue that once stood on the University of North Carolina's flagship campus and give $2.5 million to a neo-Confederate organization, as a civil rights group objected to it in court and a foundation withdrew a grant....

George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide

Dec. 12, 2019 5:45 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush,...

Mississippi university honoring civil rights activist Dahmer

Dec. 12, 2019 4:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is awarding an honorary degree to civil rights activist Ellie Dahmer, who worked alongside her husband to register African American voters during some of the most violent years of segregation. Vernon Dahmer was a farmer and shop owner and served...

3 teachers suspended over text messages leaked online

Dec. 12, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school board voted to discipline three teachers accused of sharing offensive text messages about students that were later leaked online. The Houston County School Board voted Wednesday night to approve 10-day, unpaid suspensions for three teachers from Ashford High School,...

The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion

Dec. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, practically. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown. There was the much-coveted Olivia Pope white coat, Lupita Nyong'o's perfect powder blue Oscar gown and Karl Lagerfield's embrace of...

Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of census

Dec. 12, 2019 3:10 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people next year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Other Rust Belt towns that have...

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...