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Vice President Mike Pence takes a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot on April 4, 1968, in Memphis Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Martin Luther King holiday: Faith, politics mix this holiday

Jan. 20, 2020 1:03 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The nation is marking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes Monday recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year. In an early tribute to King, Vice President Mike Pence...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at an oyster roast campaign event on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Orangeburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

King Day in SC drawing Democratic presidential hopefuls

Jan. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the closing days before the first votes are cast in the Democratic presidential contest, the party's leading hopefuls are splitting their time between the critical early-voting states South Carolina and Iowa at events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While Iowa and New...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the Holy City Church of God In Christ congregation during his trip to Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Pence spoke at the church service in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the day before the federal holiday named after the civil rights leader. Pence says King touched the hearts of millions of Americans and his words continue to inspire. Pence acknowledged the nation's deep divide and says Americans must rededicate themselves to the ideals that King advanced. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian via AP)

US VP Pence honors Martin Luther King Jr. at church service

Jan. 19, 2020 6:31 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech Sunday in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a church service in Tennessee. Pence spoke at the Holy City Church of God in Memphis the day before the federal holiday named after the civil rights leader. “I’m here to...

Sixties' Freedom Rider to keynote MLK Day event

Jan. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman who was among the “Freedom Riders” who challenged racial segregation in the 1960s will be the keynote speaker at a breakfast in Cincinnati honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center says Betty Daniels Rosemond...

Local krewes have history behind their Mardi Gras throws

Jan. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Lafayette Mardi Gras throws come in all shapes and sizes. Cups takeover cupboards, beads find a new home in trees, and unique throws are displayed proudly at home and work. Last year, some of the ornate throws included wood doubloons and one-of-a-kind polymedallions. There are some...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Buttigieg shifts plans, will attend King holiday event in SC

Jan. 18, 2020 9:52 PM EST

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who has been criticized for his slow outreach to black and other minority voters, has rearranged his schedule to make room for events in early-voting South Carolina that honor Martin Luther King Jr. Buttigieg’s campaign said in...

Events scheduled across Michigan to honor King's legacy

Jan. 18, 2020 10:48 AM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Events are scheduled across Michigan to honor the work and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognize the federal holiday named after the civil rights leader. Eastern Michigan University has kicked off a week-long series of events at its Ypsilanti campus, including the...

Lake McConaughy patrons oppose changes to limit visitors

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — Hundreds of people showed up for a meeting at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center in Ogallala to protest proposed changes that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at the lake. The proposal discussed at Thursday's meeting came from the Nebraska Game and Parks...

Ex-Attorney General Lynch speaking at NC King Day service

Jan. 17, 2020 4:44 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper top the list of notables attending the annual observance by state employees of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lynch was the scheduled keynote speaker at Friday's event at First Baptist...

Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday. Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he also pleaded not guilty to...