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French yellow vest protesters seek momentum on 15th week

Feb. 23, 2019 2:18 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of yellow vest protesters took to the streets across France on Saturday for a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations, trying to re-energize supporters while tamping down on the violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks. Among the many rallies around Paris and in other...

US Latinas rally around 'Roma' actress Yalitza Aparicio

Feb. 23, 2019 12:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Yalitza Aparicio, the Oscar-nominated, first-time actress in "Roma," is finding strong support among Mexican-American women who identify with her indigenous roots despite backlash she is receiving in Mexico. Some Mexican-American women say they are glad Aparicio's high-profile role...

Sen. Warren: US needs to address 'ugly history of racism'

Feb. 22, 2019 11:30 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who said earlier this week that she supports reparations for black Americans who have been affected by slavery, told reporters Friday that the nation needs to confront its "ugly history of racism" and "talk about the right way to address it and make change."...

University dean apologizes for 1982 Confederate flag photo

Feb. 22, 2019 7:05 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university administrator has apologized for a 1982 yearbook photo of her standing in front of a Confederate flag, but students are calling for her resignation. The picture shows Wake Forest University Dean of Admissions Martha Allman, who graduated from the...

Social media provides fuel for Jussie Smollett story

Feb. 22, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The...

Documentary about 1939 Nazi rally in New York up for Oscar

Feb. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd of 20,000 gives the Nazi salute while swastikas flank a giant portrait of George Washington. Unimaginable to most Americans, the pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week inside New York's Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that's up for an...

Correction: Empire Cast Member-Attack story

Feb. 22, 2019 2:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In one version of a Feb. 21 story about "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett being charged with staging an attack on himself in Chicago, The Associated Press erroneously referred to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaking at a Thursday afternoon news conference. The news conference happened...

Pioneering transgender singer Jackie Shane dead at 78

Feb. 22, 2019 2:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer who became a pioneering musician in Toronto where she packed out nightclubs in the 1960s, has died. She was 78. Record label Numero Group, which produced a Grammy-nominated album about Shane that brought her back out into the spotlight,...

Key moments since Jussie Smollett reported Chicago attack

Feb. 22, 2019 12:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 22 — Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago...

Israeli acting foreign minister doubles down on Nazi comment

Feb. 22, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." Israel Katz said in a live TV interview late Thursday that he did not regret his comment, insisting that "I, as a son of...