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Biden not apologizing for remarks on segregationist senators

Jun. 20, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

Joe Biden refused calls to apologize Wednesday for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, including the two major black candidates in the contest, roundly criticized Biden's...

Man says fire Phoenix officers who aimed guns at his family

Jun. 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The young black man shown in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns and yelling obscenities at him and his pregnant fiancee told the City Council on Wednesday that he wants the officers fired. Dravon Ames, 22, told councilmembers that he and his family "could have...

Police shooting poses Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge yet

Jun. 20, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg stood before newly sworn police officers to welcome them to the city's ranks, just as he has more than a dozen times since taking office. But this time he was a Democratic candidate for president, speaking just days after a white officer fatally shot a black man...

Chicago panel clears 2 white officers in black man's death

Jun. 19, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A review board has cleared two white Chicago police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man that led to demonstrations. Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement Tuesday that officers Joseph Treacy and Sgt. Thomas Derouin acted "within policy" in the 2016...

The Latest: Phoenix man in video calls for police firings

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the videotaped police encounter after a reported shoplifting (all times local): 4:57 p.m. The young black man who was targeted in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns at him and his pregnant fiancee has told the City Council he wants the officers to...

George Mason names building for 'Hidden Figures' scientist

Jun. 19, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — George Mason University is naming a science and technology building in honor of the one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was told in the motion picture "Hidden Figures." The school announced Tuesday that the building on its Manassas campus will now be known as Katherine G....

APNewsBreak: Man 'mad as hell' Kansas shuts racial bias case

Jun. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A black man who was detained by police while moving into his home said Wednesday that Kansas regulators investigated his racial bias complaint and closed the case with no further action. "I'm mad as hell," Karle Robinson told The Associated Press of the letter that he shared with the...

'Why not now?' Lawmakers debate reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of...

Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves

Jun. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who ran the college in 1838 have teamed up to digitize the information and make it available to people researching...

Pennsylvania enshrines recognition of Juneteenth into law

Jun. 19, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is permanently recognizing Juneteenth, the cultural holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black people in the United States. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed legislation designating June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Most states recognize it, and...