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Jury acquits woman accused in attack on Wisconsin lawmaker

Oct. 19, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday acquitted a woman accused of sparking an attack on a Wisconsin state senator who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Capitol last year. Kerida O’Reilly, 34, of Madison, was found not guilty of felony substantial...

Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma ban on teaching race theory

Oct. 19, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism. The law, HB 1775, also prevents colleges and universities from...

Black Democratic chair gets lynching threat over Trump essay

Oct. 19, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first Black chair of Iowa’s Democratic Party says he received a series of racist messages, including a lynching threat, after writing an opinion piece in a local newspaper criticizing former President Donald Trump and the state Republican officials who stood...

Michigan redistricting panel: 'Show up, speak up' on maps

Oct. 19, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of Michigan's redistricting commission are urging residents to speak up about draft congressional and legislative maps. The first of five public hearings will be held Wednesday in Detroit. The panel wants feedback on 10 maps it drew...

From 'bottom of totem pole,' NBA begins its climb in 1950s

Oct. 19, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

A career in the NBA seemed such an uncertainty as the 1950s arrived that Bob Cousy considered driving school a better option than playing for a team he didn’t even know how to find on a map. “Basketball was at the bottom of the totem pole,” said Cousy, one of the...

UNC may keep affirmative action in admissions, judge says

Oct. 19, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s flagship public university can continue to consider race as a factor in its undergraduate admissions, rebuffing a conservative group's argument that affirmative action disadvantages white and Asian students. ...

Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

Oct. 19, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on...

Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

Oct. 19, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were approved...

Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP

Oct. 19, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were...

NYC's Board of Health calls racism a public health crisis

Oct. 18, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Board of Health on Monday passed a resolution that names racism as a public health crisis, joining the growing list of state and local governments around the country that have done so in recent years. The resolution calls on the city's...