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US schools try to diversify mainly white teaching ranks

Nov. 20, 2019 2:24 PM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — It wasn’t until she became a high school senior that Kayla Ireland had another black person as a teacher in Waterbury, a former manufacturing hub where the students are mostly minorities and the educators are generally white. The imbalance never troubled her much, except for...

Latino war veteran files $1M claim for immigration arrest

Nov. 20, 2019 2:02 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers for a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by immigration agents in Michigan have filed a $1 million claim against the U.S. government for his three days in custody. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a Michigan-born U.S. citizen. Yet he was taken into custody after...

Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

Nov. 20, 2019 12:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A new survey shows about one in four Europeans holding anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west. The poll of 14 European countries released Thursday by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, found anti-Semitic attitudes most...

Foundation lawsuit challenges student voter ID requirements

Nov. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans’ student voter identification requirements are so onerous that they’re clearly designed to prevent students from voting, a group that promotes student voting alleged in a new lawsuit. The Andrew Goodman Foundation filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal...

Syracuse University janitor battles racism with kindness

Nov. 20, 2019 10:48 AM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A janitor who removed racist graffiti at Syracuse University has started a campaign of kindness. Syracuse.com reports that Keri Courtwright has been taping inspirational notes on doors, mirrors and paper towel dispensers during her rounds. Courtwright says she wants to spread...

7 key questions heading into the 2020 Democratic debate

Nov. 20, 2019 7:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again. No longer is there a clear front-runner. The fight for African American voters is raging. And there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the...

Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

Nov. 20, 2019 6:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the fifth World Holocaust Forum in January will...

Ethiopia’s leader urges calm as key referendum begins

Nov. 20, 2019 5:32 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister urged calm on Wednesday as millions of citizens held a referendum on whether to create a new regional state along ethnic lines. The Sidama referendum “is an expression of the democratization path Ethiopia has set...

Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Nov. 19, 2019 8:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay...

Shooting deaths rattle small, tight-knit US Hmong community

Nov. 19, 2019 8:30 PM EST

Fresno has been the heart of California’s Hmong community for decades, drawing refugees from war-torn Southeast Asia who built a tight-knit population in the farm town. Now, they’re reeling from the shooting deaths of four Hmong American men at a weekend party. The central California city has the...