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Texas high school bars student who won't cut dreadlocks

Jan. 23, 2020 6:04 PM EST

MONT BELVIEU, Texas (AP) — A black Texas high school student won't be allowed to return to school or attend his graduation ceremony unless he cuts his dreadlocks, his family says. Deandre Arnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu in Southeast Texas, has had dreadlocks for years and says...

In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo, Allison and Bertrum Jean pose as they hold a portrait of their late sone Botham Shem Jean at their home in Castries, St. Lucia. The family of Botham Jean plans to file a separate lawsuit against South Side Flats, the apartment complex where former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fatally shot him, a family attorney said.
 (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

PSA on man killed by Dallas officer to air during Super Bowl

Jan. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A public service announcement honoring the life of a black man who was killed in his living room by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment as her own will air during the Super Bowl next month to highlight the impact of police violence, the family's lawyer said. The...

From left, Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lt. Gov. of Nova Scotia, Doug Ettinger, President and CEO of Canada Post, and Craig Smith, President of The Black Cultural Society, unveil Canada Post's stamp honouring the Colored Hockey Championship and the all-Black hockey teams in the Maritimes between 1895 and the early 1930s during an event at the Black Cultural Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada stamps honor on pre-NHL all-black hockey league

Jan. 23, 2020 4:47 PM EST

CHERRY BROOK, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada is paying tribute to an all-black hockey league that thrived long before the NHL became part of national lore. The country’s postal service unveiled a commemorative stamp Thursday at the Black Cultural Centre. It honors the Colored Hockey League whose teams in...

Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer takes questions from reporters before a campaign event in Florence, S.C., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Steyer aims criminal justice plan at taking on racial bias

Jan. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer is proposing a criminal justice reform plan that would reduce the costs of incarceration by redirecting funds to education, community policing and rehabilitation in an effort to amend a system he sees as prejudiced against lower-income...

Veteran accuses bank of discrimination for not taking checks

Jan. 23, 2020 2:08 PM EST

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A black Air Force veteran who tried to deposit settlement checks from a discrimination lawsuit was rejected by his suburban Detroit bank, which suspected fraud and called police. After settling a lawsuit with his former employer, Sauntore Thomas now is suing TCF Bank, alleging racial...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

New appeal filed in 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail

Jan. 23, 2020 1:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court should overturn an “astonishing” 12-year prison sentence given to an African American man who took a mobile phone into a jail cell when he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge, attorneys argued in court papers filed Thursday. The state's...

San Francisco ends cash bail for all criminal cases

Jan. 23, 2020 11:43 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's top prosecutor announced his office will no longer ask for cash bail as a condition for defendants’ pretrial release, fulfilling one of his key campaign promises. District Attroney Chesa Boudin, who took office two weeks ago, said Wednesday prosecutors will use a...

Jamie Foxx arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Jamie Foxx, Jordan Peele among honorees at AAFCA awards

Jan. 23, 2020 5:44 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx has won a plethora of major awards including an Oscar and Grammy. But after the African American Film Critics Association recognized him Wednesday night, the actor-singer called its honor just as special. Foxx along with Eddie Murphy and Jordan Peele were among some of the...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, greets supporters following a town hall meeting at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Buttigieg's unlikely Iowa rise now carries high expectations

Jan. 23, 2020 12:18 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg finds himself in a place that he could hardly have contemplated when he began running for president a year ago: He likely cannot finish lower than second in the Iowa caucuses if he wants to advance in the Democratic presidential nominating campaign. But less than two...

City suspends Miami police captain who claimed to be black

Jan. 22, 2020 5:32 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The city of Miami on Wednesday suspended a Hispanic police captain who was strongly condemned after he publicly claimed he was black when fighting accusations that he has derided black people. The Miami Dade Branch of the NAACP had called for Police Capt. Javier Ortiz's resignation earlier...