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Soledad O'Brien show makes impression in off-hours time slot

Jul. 20, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — You've got to wake up early on a weekend to catch Soledad O'Brien. Say 4:30 a.m. Saturday in Chicago. Or 5 a.m. on Sunday in New York and Houston. It's 6:30 a.m. Saturday in Washington, D.C. — almost sleep-in territory. Those are some of the time...

Emmett Till's house, Black sites to get landmarks funds

Jul. 19, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Emmett Till left his mother's house on Chicago's South Side in 1955 to visit relatives in Mississippi, where the Black teenager was abducted and brutally slain for reportedly whistling at a white woman. A cultural preservation organization announced Tuesday that the...

Congress honors WWII hero of Iwo Jima with ultimate salute

Jul. 14, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave its ultimate final salute Thursday to Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, a 5-foot-6 “force of nature'” in the battle of Iwo Jima and the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Seventy-seven years after his wartime heroism,...

Black educator Mary McLeod Bethune honored in Statuary Hall

Jul. 13, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader and trailblazing educator Mary McLeod Bethune on Wednesday became the first Black person elevated by a state for recognition in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Florida commissioned the project after a grassroots campaign succeeded last year in...

Biden awards Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 07, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday presented the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican whom Biden served with in the Senate, and gun-control advocate Gabby...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 03, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. ...

Some sheriff's candidates run on not enforcing certain laws

Jun. 25, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — More than a dozen candidates campaigning to be top law enforcement officials in counties across Colorado are running on a unique platform: Not enforcing the law. These candidates fit the profile of a loose movement sometimes referred to as “constitutional...

Student who once integrated Alabama college now trustee

Jun. 18, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Wendell Gunn assured the Florence Rotary Club that he had made good on a promise to himself. “I promised myself I was going to write this speech out,” Gunn said, at the start of his remarks as the speaker at a meeting. “And I did, 10 times.” ...

Mentorship program works to grow more than a garden

May. 28, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — On a patch of grass outside the fence that surrounds the community garden at Fred Alexander Park, a cherry tree is dying and Reggie Singleton knows why. The tree’s brown, bare branches stand in stark contrast to the two peach trees planted next to it,...