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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...

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...

Ex-deputy: Supervisor used racial slur, pointed gun at him

Jun. 19, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A supervisor in a North Carolina sheriff's office addressed a biracial deputy with a racial slur multiple times, called him "monkey boy," mocked him for his hair and pointed a gun at his head at least eight times, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. Attorneys for former...

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....

'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...

38 dead in latest intercommunal violence in central Mali

Jun. 19, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A pair of attacks on ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali has left at least 38 people dead and many wounded in the latest intercommunal violence to destabilize the troubled area near Burkina Faso, authorities said Wednesday. It was the second time this month that Dogon villages have...

Black veterans of Civil War added to Cleveland monument

Jun. 19, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The names of over 100 African-American veterans of the U.S. Civil War have been added to a monument in Cleveland. The name of each new honoree was read aloud Wednesday as it was added to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Public Square. The list...

Georgia jailer tied to Norse white supremacist group resigns

Jun. 19, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia jailer has resigned after liberal activists uncovered his leadership of a religious group with white supremacist ties. Brandon Trent East says he was told to resign or be fired from his job in the Haralson County Jail. Sheriff Eddie Mixon says East's membership to "subversive"...

Kamala Harris boosts outreach to historically black colleges

Jun. 19, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is stepping up her campaign outreach to the black community. The California senator is seeking to mobilize students and graduates of historically black colleges and universities — known as HBCUs — as well as the country's nine black fraternities and...