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England's Euro qualifier in Bulgaria marred by racist abuse

Oct. 14, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — England's Football Association called on UEFA to take "very stringent" action after the country's European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria was stopped twice in the first half because of racist chants and Nazi salutes from the home supporters. England's 6-0 win was halted in...

It's a tie: Atwood and Evaristo share fiction's Booker Prize

Oct. 14, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo split the Booker Prize on Monday, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy. Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn't choose...

Lawsuit: Inmate kept in Missouri restraint chair 5 days

Oct. 14, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims that a Missouri man who suffered a manic attack was held shackled in a rural jail's restraint chair in lieu of medical treatment for five days, subjected to racial slurs, force-fed and allowed to defecate all over himself. The lawsuit filed last month on behalf of...

Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

Oct. 14, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers' license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald...

Ole Miss honors student wears blackface, prompts warning

Oct. 14, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi honors student has reported himself to the college for posting a photo in which he is wearing blackface, prompting the school to issue a warning about costumes. Citing a school email, news outlets report the student told the college he acknowledged "the...

Democrat Harris signs UNR students' anti-racism petition

Oct. 14, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is joining University of Nevada, Reno students calling for university officials to take action over displays of white nationalist, anti-Semitic, sexist and anti-LGBTQ messages displayed on campus or involving other students. Harris' campaign...

Police investigate racist vandalism in Cape Cod town

Oct. 14, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating two recent incidents of white supremacist vandalism in a Massachusetts town. Falmouth police found two swastikas, a drawing of male genitalia and several large circles on the dock at the Megansett Yacht Club on Oct. 6. The Cape Cod Times reports the images...

Lack of Sioux Falls police diversity creates challenges

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mark Blackburn knows the clock is ticking. The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don't add up. A lack of racial and gender representation reflecting the growing Sioux Falls community...

Queen Latifah to receive Harvard black culture award

Oct. 13, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the...

Statue of black pilot unveiled at air force base in Georgia

Oct. 13, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A black fighter pilot who fought for the French Foreign Legion during World War I was honored with a statue at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. The bronze statue of Eugene Bullard was unveiled on Wednesday at the base near Warner Robins in front of a crowd that included his descendants,...