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Trial to determine if Texas school's punishment of a Black student over his hair violates new law

Feb. 22, 2024 00:13 AM EST

ANAHUAC, Texas (AP) — A trial is set to be held Thursday to determine if a Black high school student in Texas can continue being punished by his district for refusing to change his hairstyle, which he and his family say is protected by a new state law that prohibits race-based hair...

Charges against alleged white supremacists are tossed by a California judge for the second time

Feb. 21, 2024 20:54 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the second time in five years, federal charges against alleged members of a violent white supremacist group accused of inciting violence at California political rallies were dismissed by a federal judge who found they were selectively prosecuted. Federal...

Schools say dress codes promote discipline. But many Black students see traces of racism

Feb. 21, 2024 19:45 PM EST

For as long as schools have policed hairstyles as part of their dress codes, some students have seen the rules as attempts to deny their cultural and religious identities. Nowhere have school rules on hair been a bigger flashpoint than in Texas, where a trial this week is set to...

California lawmakers say reparations bills, which exclude widespread payments, are a starting point

Feb. 21, 2024 19:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Black lawmakers in California on Wednesday introduced a package of reparations legislation, calling it a starting point to atone for the state’s legacy of discrimination. The California Legislative Black Caucus introduced the package of more than a dozen...

Seattle police officer who struck and killed graduate student from India won't face felony charges

Feb. 21, 2024 18:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Washington state said Wednesday they will not file felony charges against a Seattle police officer who struck and killed a graduate student from India while responding to an overdose call — a case that attracted widespread attention after another officer was...

Milan Fashion Week showcases emerging Black designers, launches initiative to fight discrimination

Feb. 21, 2024 16:40 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week highlighted diversity and in a new initiative that aims to promote inclusion across the industry and the return of a showcase for underrepresented designers as five days of mostly womenswear previews for Fall-Winter 2024-25 got underway on Wednesday. ...

Indiana lawmakers join GOP-led states trying to target college tenure

Feb. 21, 2024 16:08 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislators in Indiana advanced a bill Wednesday that would limit tenure at public colleges and universities, joining conservative lawmakers across the country creating state laws to influence operations on campuses they view as unfriendly or hostile to conservative students...

Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

Feb. 21, 2024 10:57 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When she was behind bars in Georgia, Nia Thomas would use toothpaste to stick handwritten flyers to the wall and spread the word about community bail funds that could pay inmates' bonds, no strings attached. “I was posting the phone numbers in everybody's rooms,...

Justice Department, Louisville negotiating federal settlement on city's policing practices

Feb. 20, 2024 17:30 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started negotiations on a settlement with the city of Louisville after federal officials released a report detailing a pattern of racial discrimination by the city's police force. The multiyear federal investigation was...

Attorneys for Georgia slave descendants urge judge not to throw out their lawsuit over island zoning

Feb. 20, 2024 13:46 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys suing a Georgia county over zoning changes that they say threaten one of the South's last Gullah-Geechee communities of Black slave descendants asked a judge Tuesday to let them correct technical problems with their civil complaint to avoid having it dismissed. ...