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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrive to speak at a news conference at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden, Harris lash Trump at debut of historic VP choice

Aug. 12, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry Wednesday to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates. The physical debut of the Democratic ticket was without...

City municipal crews help guide the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park as it is removed by a crane, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 announced the formation of a committee to review the city’s monuments three weeks after ordering the removal of three statues honoring Christopher Columbus. (Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago mayor names committee to review public monuments

Aug. 12, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday announced the formation of a committee to review the city’s monuments three weeks after ordering the removal of three statues honoring Christopher Columbus. In announcing the committee, Lightfoot said her administration will also commission...

Texas man attempts to take ownership of controversial statue

Aug. 12, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A Black resident of a Texas city that has a statue honoring three white supremacists has attempted to take ownership of it in an effort to remove it. Tres Davis, who has lived in Richmond for 15 years, would like the monument to be moved to a museum, the Houston Chronicle reported....

FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photo, then-Suffolk County District Attorney Democratic candidate Rachael Rollins speaks during a forum in Boston. On Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, District Attorney Rollins criticized The Massachusetts Bail Fund for paying for the release of a convicted rapist, who has since been charged with a new rape. A statement from the bail fund said Wednesday that it bails out people based on financial need

Bail fund answers criticism over freeing convicted rapist

Aug. 12, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bail fund in Massachusetts that's among many nationwide flooded with donations amid the country's reckoning with racism is defending itself after freeing people facing serious crimes, including a convicted rapist who has since been charged with a new rape. The Massachusetts Bail Fund said...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduces her as his running mate at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kamala Harris' selection as VP resonates with Black women

Aug. 12, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — China Cochran met Kamala Harris at a campaign event in Detroit last year and was swept away by her ambition, charisma and leadership. She hoped the California senator would advance in politics. So when Joe Biden named Harris on Tuesday as his running mate — making her the first Black...

In this undated photo made available by Stephen Smith, GOP primary candidate Madison Cawthorn participates in a debate at the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville, N.C. Cawthorn, 24, soundly defeated the preferred candidate of President Donald Trump. He defeated Lynda Bennett by a 2-1 margin. (Stephen Smith via AP)

NC candidate defends posts; says he despises racism

Aug. 12, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A young Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina says suggestions from his rival and others that he has an affinity for white supremacist causes are ridiculous and based on a lack of historical knowledge. “I don’t run in those circles, so I don’t know...

Prosecutor charges inmate of hate crime in attack on guard

Aug. 12, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A white Nebraska prison inmate accused of attacking a Black prison guard has been charged with a hate crime. The Lancaster County Attorney’s Officer charged Devon Keezer, 31, this week with second-degree assault, enhanced as a hate crime, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. ...

Asheville may remove slave-owner names from some streets

Aug. 12, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina city of Asheville is considering removing the names of slave owners and other people associated with discrimination from some streets and a park. The Citizen-Times reported Sunday that the recommendations for name changes follow this year's protests against police...

Paris prosecutors investigate apparent anti-Semitic attack

Aug. 12, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police are investigating an apparent anti-Semitic attack on a 29-year-man in an apartment building in northeast Paris. A group that tracks anti-Semitic violence and hate speech in France, BNVCA, sought an investigation, denouncing it as the latest in a string of scattered acts targeting...

Parents of UK teen murdered in racist attack vow to fight on

Aug. 12, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The parents of a Black teenager who was killed in a 1993 racist attack have vowed to keep fighting for justice despite a decision by London’s police force to classify their murder investigation as inactive. Stephen Lawrence, 18, was attacked by a group of white youths while waiting for...