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Bipartisan redistricting panel starts off with partisan maps

Sep. 20, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A new bipartisan redistricting commission is looking at two sets of distinctly partisan maps as it sets out to draw new boundaries for Virginia's General Assembly districts. Democratic and Republican map drawers on Monday submitted their first...

Vandals deface `Black Lives Matter' mural in Michigan city

Sep. 20, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A “Black Lives Matter” street mural painted this summer in southeastern Michigan has been defaced by vandals who covered part of it with white paint. The weekend attack in Ypsilanti left the 260-foot mural's words “Black Lives” drenched...

Hate crime charged after Black woman says man spit at her

Sep. 20, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — A 53-year-old man has been arrested on a felony hate crime charge after he allegedly hurled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her daughter before striking their vehicle with his own car outside a suburban Chicago grocery store, prosecutors said. ...

4 men charged for shouting antisemitic abuse in London

Sep. 20, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Four men were charged Monday for allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse while driving around in a convoy in north London. The suspects, all in their 20s and from the northwest English town of Blackburn, are accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting...

Racially motivated crime raises questions in Minnesota town

Sep. 20, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — July. That is the first time the Cold Spring Police Department reported a racially-motivated crime in 2021, after a vehicle with a block of granite on the accelerator crashed into the home of a multiracial family. Property damage on May 4 and...

New claims in NYC restaurant brawl over vaccine proof

Sep. 19, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New details have emerged about a brawl outside a popular New York City restaurant between several out-of-town visitors and an employee over the restaurant's requirement that the guests show proof of vaccination. Attorneys for Carmine's and for three...

'Un(re)solved' exhibit focuses on civil rights-era killings

Sep. 19, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An interactive exhibit in Mississippi prompts visitors to speak aloud the names of people who were killed in acts of racist violence in the United States during the civil rights era — incantations in a darkened room to honor some 150 men, women and children whose...

Indiana county rejects health grant amid COVID-19 complaints

Sep. 18, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Health officials are frustrated after a northern Indiana county council rejected a $3 million federal grant following vocal opposition from residents tying it to a litany of COVID-19 complaints. The Elkhart County health department had sought the...

Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

Sep. 18, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack. The Washington Post reports ...

Selma courthouse annex named for civil rights pioneers

Sep. 18, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The courthouse annex in Alabama's Dallas County now bears the name of two prominent African-American attorneys and civil rights figures from the community — J.L. Chestnut and Bruce Boynton. News outlets report that a dedication ceremony was held...