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FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, a California Highway Patrol officer inspects a chained protester who was part of a group calling for mass prison inmate releases outside of California Gov. Gavin Newsom's mansion in Fair Oaks, Calif. California state prison officials say in a recent court filing that as many as 17,600 inmates are eligible for release due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.  (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

The Latest: Calif. says 17,600 inmates may be freed early

Aug. 5, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials say as many as 17,600 inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic. That is 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. However, prison officials say Corrections...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a news conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson was picked to be the chief of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, Aug. 3 becoming the first woman to hold the job, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado’s third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver.  (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)

New chief of embattled Colorado force wants cops to see bias

Aug. 5, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The new leader of the suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she is committed to rebuilding the public's trust by empowering police to veer...

Woman hurls racial slurs at Black landscapers in viral video

Aug. 5, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A video of an Orlando woman cursing and shouting racial slurs at Black landscapers as they finished up a job at her neighbor's house has gone viral. Brandon Cordova told the Orlando Sentinel that he and his crew were almost done with their shift last Thursday when the woman approached...

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner speaks in St. Louis. Gardner is being challenged in the Aug. 4, 2020, Democratic primary by Mary Pat Carl. (AP Photo/Jim Salter, File)

St. Louis prosecutor chided by Trump wins primary race

Aug. 5, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whose job performance has been lauded by some civil rights activists and criticized by President Donald Trump and other leading Republicans, held off a challenge from a former homicide prosecutor in Tuesday’s primary election. Gardner, 44,...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a news conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson was picked to be the chief of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, Aug. 3 becoming the first woman to hold the job, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado’s third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver.  (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)

Police facing scrutiny in Elijah McClain case get new chief

Aug. 4, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The interim chief of a suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency that's looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put into a...

President Donald Trump, watches as Vice President Mike Pence swears in Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., as Chief of Staff of the Air Force as his wife Sharene Guilford Brown holds the Bible in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump hosts swearing-in of first Black Air Force chief

Aug. 4, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hosted the swearing-in of the first Black Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Charles Q. Brown, in an Oval Office ceremony Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Brown, who was confirmed by the Senate in June in a 98-0 vote. Trump...

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Winfrey picks Isabel Wilkerson's 'Caste' for her book club

Aug. 4, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, escorted by RRep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., right, as they arrive at the House Democratic Issues Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The 2020 vice presidential search now rests with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as he prepares to pick just the third woman in history for a major U.S. party's national ticket. There's a group of key advisers who have helped shape his options and present him with reams of pros and cons for potential vice presidents. They include Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Apple executive and longtime Biden adviser Cynthia Hogan. They're aided by lawyers with deep ties to Democratic politics and former President Barack Obama.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Who's who on the committee vetting Biden's possible VPs

Aug. 4, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Vice presidential searches make for perhaps the most popular of Washington parlor games: veepstakes. The 2020 version now rests with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. If he defeats President Donald Trump, his pick would become the first woman to hold U.S. national elected office. ...

Magnolias, stars, a Gulf Coast lighthouse, a teddy bear, and even Kermit the Frog appear on some of the over 1,800 proposals submitted by the general public for a new Mississippi flag and posted Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History web site. The state recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist and a nine-member commission will design a replacement that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the phrase,

Public ideas for Mississippi flag: Magnolias, stars, beer

Aug. 3, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Magnolias and stars. Crosses and guitars. Beer cans and crawfish. A Gulf Coast lighthouse. Elvis Presley and Kermit the Frog. All appear on proposals the general public submitted for a new Mississippi flag. Mississippi recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate...

Charisse Davis poses for a portrait on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. Davis was recently elected the only Black woman on the Cobb County School Board.

'If not now, when?': Black women seize political spotlight

Aug. 3, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — The little girl ran up to her, wide-eyed and giddy. “Are you Charisse Davis?” the fourth grader asked. Davis was stunned. A former kindergarten teacher and librarian, she was more accustomed to shuttling her two sons to basketball practice than being seen as a local...