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400 years on, Mayflower's legacy includes pride, prejudice

Oct. 23, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Four centuries after white Europeans stepped off the Mayflower and onto America’s shores, some descendants of the colonists are wrestling with the complicated legacy of their ancestors amid a global racial reckoning. There is immense pride among those who can trace their...

Vehicles stop at a drive-thru U.S. Census participation campaign organized by Montana Native Vote on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Mont. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. There have always been geographic and cultural challenges to Census taking on Native lands, but the pandemic dealt a devastating setback. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Oct. 23, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — From tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana, census workers who go door to door were unable to reach all the households they needed for a complete tally of the U.S. population, a count that ended abruptly last week after a Supreme Court ruling. Community...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely

Oct. 23, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and security if Joe Biden wins the Nov. 3 presidential election. But any shift is likely to be in style, not substance, as frustration with Beijing increases across the American political spectrum. Both...

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walk on stage during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)

The Latest: Biden clarifies debate answer on fossil fuels

Oct. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): Midnight Democrat Joe Biden says his pledge to gradually move the country away from fossil fuels to combat climate change doesn't mean he will impose bans that could effectively shut down the oil and gas industry. President Donald...

White teen sentenced; planned to kill black churchgoers

Oct. 22, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A white 17-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to four years in juvenile detention for planning to stab north Georgia churchgoers to death because they were Black. The girl pleaded guilty to attempted murder as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced in Gainesville, Georgia,...

In this Friday, June 19, 2020, photo Jeannine Lee Lake, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 6th congressional district, speaks during an interview following a Juneteenth day event in Columbus, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Police say BB gun shots fired at opponent of Pence's brother

Oct. 22, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Black woman who says she has received numerous racist and threatening messages as an Indiana congressional candidate against Vice President Mike Pence’s brother was unintentionally shot at last week by two boys with a BB gun, not a firearm, police said Thursday. Democrat...

A portrait of James Chaney is seen on the headstone of his grave in Meridian, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Chaney was one of three civil rights activists that was kidnapped by a deputy sheriff and local Klansmen, and driven to a narrow country road and shot at close range. Their bodies, buried in an earthen dam, were found 44 days later. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Long after murders, Black voting is still troubled in Miss.

Oct. 22, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

Meridian, Miss. (AP) — The old civil rights worker was sure the struggle would be over by now. He’d fought so hard back in the ’60s. He’d seen the wreckage of burned churches, and the injuries of people who had been beaten. He’d seen men in white hoods. At its worst,...

This combination photo shows Justin Bieber, from left, Dua Lipa and Demi Lovato who will take part in various planned events urging Americans to vote. (AP Photo)

Celebrities unite to various get-out-the-vote efforts

Oct. 22, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote. Here are some of the free, nonpartisan efforts: — Stars like Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Mark Ruffalo, Dua...

UK expert: Racism not to blame for minorities' COVID risk

Oct. 22, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A scientist newly appointed as an advisor to the British government has expressed skepticism about focusing on the role of structural racism in the disproportionate effect that the coronavirus has on ethnic minority groups. “Instead of focusing on ethnicity we need to look at the key...

Police face supporters of Guinean opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo in Conakry, Guinea, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Diallo declared himself winner against incumbent President Alpha Conde in Sunday's presidential elections.(AP Photo/Sadak Souici)

Tension mounts as Guinea awaits presidential poll results

Oct. 22, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Tensions climb in Guinea as the West African country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections. Preliminary results show Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, 82, ahead in the polls and the electoral commission said final results should be announced on...