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Protest marches no longer need famous face to rally crowds

Jun. 22, 2018 5:15 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm-in-arm with other civil rights activists. Cesar Chavez hoisting a picket sign in a farm workers' strike. Gloria Steinem rallying other feminists for equal rights. During the 1960s and into the 1970s, amid the turbulence of protests for civil...

Today's protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader

Jun. 22, 2018 1:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm-in-arm with other civil rights activists. Cesar Chavez hoisting a picket sign in a farm workers' strike. Gloria Steinem rallying other feminists for equal rights. During the 1960s and into the 1970s, amid the turbulence of protests for civil...

Final session for 90-year-old state lawmaker and WWII vet

Jun. 22, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Larkin spent 23 years in the U.S. Army before starting a second career in politics as a state lawmaker in the New York Legislature, arriving in 1979. Looking back, the 90-year-old Republican credits his successes in both endeavors to adhering to the U.S. Military Academy's motto of...

Governor orders probe of abuse claims by immigrant children

Jun. 21, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia's governor ordered state officials Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility who said they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. Gov. Ralph...

Abloh's historic debut at Vuitton is a big draw in Paris

Jun. 21, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The debut Louis Vuitton collection by Virgil Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European fashion house, drew stars of all stripes to Paris for his rainbow-themed menswear show. Kanye West was there with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who had returned to Paris for the first time...

Park Service gives initial OK to 'Unite the Right' rally

Jun. 21, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia has been granted initial approval to host another rally in August, this time in the heart of the nation's capital. The National Park Service says it has approved an application for a "Unite the Right" anniversary rally...

The Latest: Messi gets a chance to save face against Croatia

Jun. 20, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:16 a.m. Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. Ronaldo has all of Portugal's goals, a tournament-leading four so far, and has been getting in digs at Messi over an ad...

Ex-NAACP chief who posed as black pleads not guilty to fraud

Jun. 20, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black pleaded not guilty to welfare fraud on Wednesday. Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, made a brief appearance in Spokane County Superior Court....

Texas to settle discrimination suit with former track coach

Jun. 20, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has agreed to settle a race and gender discrimination lawsuit filed by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out of her job in 2013 after the school learned she had a relationship with an athlete a decade earlier. Kearney, who is black, had...

Testimony starts in cold-case slaying blamed on racism

Jun. 20, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A white man charged with murder in what Georgia prosecutors describe as the racist slaying of a black man in 1983 went on trial Wednesday with both sides lambasting the original investigation. Prosecutor Marie Broder told jurors during opening statements that authorities botched their...