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N Carolina attorneys file appeal plans of voter ID ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general filed formal notice Friday that his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that has blocked the latest legislative bid to carry out a voter photo identification law. Lawyers serving under Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein filed the paperwork...

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jan. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del....

Student: Response to professor who called police not enough

Jan. 24, 2020 6:29 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A black student in Indiana is disappointed Ball State University is not acknowledging that a marketing professor discriminated against him when he called the police on him for refusing to change seats in class. Ball State is implementing a corrective plan after professor Shaheen Borna...

Store owner says she'll stop selling Nazi, racist items

Jan. 24, 2020 6:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A store owner in New Orleans' French Quarter has told a newspaper she will stop selling items such as a Nazi flag and Jim Crow-era items with racist caricatures of black people. The leader of a group that combats antisemitism and racism had called for their removal. “It is deeply...

Sheriff's office names 1st woman deputy chief in 200 years

Jan. 24, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A black Alabama woman in law enforcement continues to make history. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Felicia Rucker-Summerlin was named deputy chief, the first woman in that position in the agency's 200-year history, news outlets reported....

University of Montana responding to criticism of MLK post

Jan. 24, 2020 12:04 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is working to learn from criticism after four white students won an essay contest about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the school said. A majority of the 1,000 comments posted on social media were critical of selecting only white students, The...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden kisses Penny Cordes during a campaign event on foreign policy at a VFW post Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Osage, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democrats struggle to build broad support on eve of voting

Jan. 24, 2020 2:04 AM EST

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — As Joe Biden wrapped a bus tour of Iowa this week, the elderly crowd gathered at VFW Hall 7920 was a stark reminder of the former vice president's struggle to attract young people. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, needs to strengthen his standing with older voters. Elizabeth Warren has room...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Allison and Bertrum Jean pose as they hold a portrait of their late son Botham Shem Jean at their home in Castries, St. Lucia. A public service announcement honoring the life of Jean, who was killed in his living room by Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own, will air during the Super Bowl next month to highlight the impact of police violence, the family's lawyer said. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

NFL initiative yields PSA on man killed by Dallas officer

Jan. 24, 2020 1:15 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A public service announcement honoring the life of a black man killed in his living room by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own debuted as part of an NFL initiative aiming to promote social justice and racial equality. The two-minute video featuring...

Some Tulsa residents say 1st black police chief not enough

Jan. 23, 2020 7:54 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fear the appointment of the city's first black police chief won't alleviate the distrust of officers in communities of color. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum selected Maj. Wendell Franklin, 46, to succeed Chief Chuck Jordan, who is retiring Feb. 1....

Plea change set in African American church fire case

Jan. 23, 2020 6:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing. Holden Matthews has pleaded not guilty to federal charges arising from the arson fires at south Louisiana churches. However, a court filing...