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District denounces racist photo; students face discipline

May. 18, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — A Utah school districts is condemning a racist photo posted on social media and says students involved in its creation will be disciplined. News outlets reported that the photo with Confederate flag backdrop contained a racial slur and an apparent reference to hunting blacks while...

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

May. 18, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying charter schools are "exacerbating educational segregation,"...

Jury awards $3M to black strippers in discrimination case

May. 18, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury has awarded a total of more than $3 million to five African American strippers after a federal judge found the women worked under worse conditions than their white colleagues. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled in the discrimination case last year. After a...

Police, sheriffs oppose anti-profiling bill

May. 18, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police agencies are opposing a Maine bill to ban racial or religious profiling. The Portland Press Herald reports that police leaders say that officers are already trained to avoid profiling. Democratic Rep. Craig Hickman's bill would expand such training and require Maine's attorney...

Ohio man sues white supremacists over 2017 Virginia rally

May. 17, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

An Ohio man has is suing white supremacists and neo-Nazi protesters in federal court, saying he was severely injured during their rally in Virginia two years ago. Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio, filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Ohio. He says he was struck by the car driven by James Alex Fields Jr.,...

2 racist incidents reported at Clark County schools

May. 17, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clark County School District says it has taken "administrative action" after a student left a note with a swastika and threatening message on a Jewish student's desk at Escobedo Middle School. The district says it has zero-tolerance for racist incidents and contacted the student's...

German parliament denounces Israel boycott movement

May. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS or...

A separate war: Pioneering black Marines endured, prevailed

May. 17, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — It was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for. "I said, 'Wow, that's a real pretty uniform,'" recalls Thompson, now 94. It took...

Majority black high school grapples with demographic changes

May. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Earlier this school year during an American history class at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, veteran teacher Deborah Etterling fielded a concern from a student unlike any other she had encountered in her 32 years at the school. A black male sophomore had seen a group of...

Officer quits after confronting black man picking up trash

May. 16, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A white Colorado police officer who pulled out his gun during a confrontation with a black man picking up trash around his dormitory resigned this week under an agreement that lets him collect $69,000 in salary despite violating department policies. Police body camera footage released...