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Detroit lawmaker apologizes for calling opponent racial slur

Aug. 17, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate. Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to refer to state Rep. Stephanie Chang, the...

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

Aug. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing,...

Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does 'racist things'

Aug. 17, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other promises. In an interview with The Associated Press, the...

Court: Dismissal of cop's Black Lives Matter lawsuit is just

Aug. 16, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal appeals court says a Louisiana court rightly dismissed a deputy's lawsuit accusing Black Lives Matter and several leaders of inciting violence that led to a deadly 2016 attack on law enforcement officers. The Advocate reports a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit...

In reversal, Ball State removes name of Papa John's founder

Aug. 16, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University's trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John's founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur. The board voted 8-1 Thursday to remove the name from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and...

3 Eagles stay off field for anthem before Super Bowl rematch

Aug. 16, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby remained in the tunnel during the national anthem before the Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots, a week after raising their fists in protest in the exhibition opener. Defensive lineman Michael...

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aug. 16, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. "She not only provided the soundtrack for...

Indiana man arrested in synagogue anti-Semitic vandalism

Aug. 16, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old man faces a federal charge alleging he and a co-conspirator spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti and lit fires outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue, authorities announced Thursday. Nolan Brewer of Cloverdale, about 30 miles west of Indianapolis, is charged with...

Georgia man pleads guilty in cold-case racial slaying

Aug. 16, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — More than three decades after a black man died in a racially motivated killing in Georgia, two white men have been held accountable. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Bill Moore Sr. pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 1983 slaying of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins. Moore...

The Latest: Indiana man, 20, arrested in synagogue vandalism

Aug. 16, 2018 3:04 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on arrests in the vandalism of a suburban Indianapolis synagogue (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a suburban Indianapolis synagogue. Prosecutors announced Thursday that Nolan...