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FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. A Republican and a Democratic senator say Congress should give the nation's highest civilian honor posthumously to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley. GOP Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., say the Congressional Gold Medal is long overdue for the Till family.  (AP Photo, File)

Senators seek highest civilian honor for Till and his mother

Sep. 16, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress should give the nation’s highest civilian honor posthumously to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, a Republican and a Democratic senator said Wednesday. Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., said the Congressional Gold Medal is long overdue for...

Phoenix rejects Black Lives Matter, law enforcement murals

Sep. 11, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials have denied a request for a “Black Lives Matter” mural in the city after another group sought to create a pro-law enforcement mural in response. Officials said there could be legal implications if one mural is approved and not the other. The city had...

This image released by Netflix shows the cast of the coming-of-age film

New this week: 'Cuties,' 'Unpregnant' and fresh 'Jeopardy!'

Sep. 8, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — If you’ve heard about Netflix’s “Cuties” at all, it’s probably because of the poster,...

This image released by Peacock shows Harry Belafonte in a scene from the documentary

The week Harry Belafonte took over TV is subject of new doc

Sep. 8, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte made history in early 1968. But it was lost to history. While the Vietnam War was raging and civil unrest was convulsing American cities, TV talk show host Johnny Carson did something special: He stepped away from “The Tonight Show” perch for a week. Then...

FILE - In this July 20, 2020, file photo, Audrey Reed, 8, holds up a sing through the sunroof of a car during a rally in Los Angeles. Ahead of Labor Day, major U.S. labor unions say they are considering work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Unions threaten work stoppages amid calls for racial justice

Sep. 5, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. In a statement first shared with The Associated...

Jacob Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr. talks to a crowd at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Blake's father says paralyzed son optimistic after shooting

Sep. 4, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jacob Blake's father said Friday that his “happy-go-lucky” son is optimistic for his future, although he remains paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer. A clearly exhausted Jacob Blake Sr., speaking...

CORRECTS LAST NAME TO JAMES, NOT GAINES - Triana Arnold James, left, and Nselaa Ward hold up Black Lives Matter T-shirts as they protest a speech by U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Thursday, Sept 3, 2020, in Cumming, Ga. James and Ward kept Loeffler from finishing a campaign speech. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Black Lives Matter supporters disrupt Loeffler event

Sep. 3, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has made opposition to the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement a centerpiece of her effort to win conservative support in her campaign, and Thursday, supporters of the movement again pushed back. A former state Senate candidate and one other woman shouted...

Demonstrators protest across the street from the Capitol Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Under Tennessee's newest law, a wide range of crimes commonly associated with protests will see a big bump in penalties and fines, but the most contentious element focuses on escalated penalties for illegal camping. Violators will now face a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prison. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Some see age-old playbook in new Tennessee protest law

Aug. 31, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee now leads the nation in criminalizing common protest tactics, with penalties including the denial of voting rights for pitching a tent on the Capitol grounds. But outrage over racial injustice isn't going away, and civil rights advocates say the law was pulled from an...

FILE - This July 21, 2014 file photo shows actor Chadwick Boseman posing for a portrait in New York.  Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. His representative says Boseman died Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in Los Angeles after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)

Chadwick Boseman's death leaves saddening mark on rough 2020

Aug. 31, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant. Rep. John Lewis. And now, Chadwick Boseman. So far, 2020 has been marred with bad news and tragedy with the deaths of several popular Black icons including Bryant, Lewis and recently Boseman, who died Friday. All three were viewed as leaders in their respective fields of...

President Donald Trump speaks with state and local leaders about Hurricane Laura at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Orange, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2020 Watch: Can Trump ignore reality as Election Day nears?

Aug. 31, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 64 Days to first debate: 29 ___ THE NARRATIVE The conventions finally over, the 2020 election season now enters its final phase. Both sides are pleased with...