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Rachael Rollins nominated to be Massachusetts U.S. attorney

Jul. 26, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rachael Rollins, who has pushed for progressive criminal justice reforms as the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to become the state's top federal prosecutor. If confirmed by...

Former Nevada ‘sundown town’ stands by siren amid reckoning

Jul. 26, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A red siren perched atop a small town’s volunteer fire department sounds every night at 6 p.m., sending a piercing noise echoing through the ranches and towns of northern Nevada’s Carson Valley including Dresslerville — a community governed by the Washoe Tribe of...

State DPI: School district racism probe deficient

Jul. 26, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southeastern Wisconsin school district failed to properly investigate a parent's allegations of racism at its high school last year, the state Department of Public Instruction has concluded. DPI officials concluded Friday that that Cedarburg...

8 US attorney picks by Biden would include historic firsts

Jul. 26, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions across the country, including in the office overseeing the prosecutions of hundreds of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. ...

State lawmaker won't seek reelection after anti-Asian slur

Jul. 26, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic House leaders in Delaware have indicated that they have no plans to initiate an ethics investigation that could lead to the ouster of a fellow Democrat who used a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers. Amid public backlash and...

Civil rights groups seek US probe of Kansas City police

Jul. 26, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights groups on Monday called for a federal investigation of Kansas City, Missouri, police, saying they have a pattern of using excessive force, particularly against Black men. The Urban Council, a consortium of groups including the Urban...

Gillom sisters: Black ex-assistants paved way for Staley

Jul. 26, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The Gillom sisters are part of a small group that made big strides in the role of Black female coaches with USA Basketball. Peggie Gillom-Granderson and her sister Jennifer are two of only five Black females who have been U.S. women’s basketball...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jul. 26, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. July 24, 2021. Editorial: University of Iowa religious freedom rulings are a promising step toward holding public officials accountable A court ruling this month took University of Iowa administrators to task for repeatedly...

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

Jul. 26, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They're now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. The specific reasons vary...

1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

Jul. 25, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses, who was widely...