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California governor asked to pardon late gay rights leader

Jan. 21, 2020 6:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature’s LGBTQ and black caucuses on Tuesday asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to posthumously pardon a civil rights leader who was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., along with being an...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Calgary Flames right wing Akim Aliu loses control of the puck as the blade of his stick breaks off, while Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Former NHL forward Aliu expects

Akim Aliu, who spoke out about racism, signs with Czech team

Jan. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EST

Akim Aliu, the player who helped prompt a new discussion about racism and coaching behavior in hockey, is heading back to the ice. Aliu signed Tuesday in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season. He joins HC Litvínov with 14 games left in the season, giving him a chance to display his game to any...

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows Patrik Mathews. FBI agents on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, arrested the former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia's capital. The three men are members of The Base and were arrested on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed in Maryland, according to a Justice Department news release. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

Documents: Extremist group wanted rally to start civil war

Jan. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A hidden camera captured members of a white supremacist group expressing hope that violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia this week could start a civil war, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday. Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews also...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gil Cohen-Magen, Pool)

Netanyahu tries to rally global opposition to ICC case

Jan. 21, 2020 4:16 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on the world to take “concrete actions” against the International Criminal Court ahead of a possible war-crimes case against Israel. The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said last month that there was a...

Student explores civil rights through grandmother’s eyes

Jan. 21, 2020 2:47 PM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — When Brockton High School junior Chloe Livingston started a documentary film project examining the civil rights movement, she decided to include a special source: her grandmother. Through interviews with her grandmother, Sandra, and her own research, Livingston juxtaposed historical...

This undated photo shows Jonathan Holloway, who was announced as Rutgers University's new leader, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, making him the school's first black president. Holloway has been the provost at Northwestern University since 2017. Holloway, 52, will be the 21st president of New Jersey's flagship university, succeeding Robert Barchi, who has led Rutgers since September 2012. (Jim Prisching/Northwestern University via AP)

Rutgers names university's 1st black president

Jan. 21, 2020 1:54 PM EST

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University named a high-ranking Northwestern University official as its new leader on Tuesday, making him the school's first black president. Jonathan Holloway, 52, will start his new job on July 1 after receiving approval from the Rutgers Board of Governors. He will be...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo, Holocaust survivor Maurice Gluck, poses for a photo in his home in Ya'ad, northern Israel. Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of three-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Survivor stories spotlight Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Jan. 21, 2020 12:09 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shortly before they were rounded up by Nazi troops in Belgium and deported to Auschwitz in 1942, the parents of 3-year-old Maurice Gluck placed their only child in the care of a local Christian family. Gluck forgot his Yiddish mother tongue and that he even had parents of his own. After...

Program features teen who began book club for black students

Jan. 21, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a black student from St. Louis created a book club because didn’t find books at his majority-white school’s library that told stories of people who look like him, he had no idea his initiative would land him on Disney’s screen as a hero. Sidney Keys III founded...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 photo people walk beside the Stadtkirche (Town Church) in Wittenberg, Germany. The church contains a so-called “Judensau,” or “Jew pig,” sculpture which is located about 4 meters, 13 feet, above the ground on a corner of the Church. A court in eastern Germany will consider next week a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

German court may reject appeal to remove anti-Semitic relic

Jan. 21, 2020 10:59 AM EST

NAUMBURG, Germany (AP) — A court in eastern Germany indicated Tuesday that it will likely reject a Jewish man’s bid to force the removal of an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism from a church where Martin Luther once preached. The Naumburg court's senate said, at a hearing, that “it...

As ethnic violence persists in Congo, many fleeing to Uganda

Jan. 21, 2020 5:50 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan official says hundreds of Congolese have fled to the East African nation in recent days to escape deadly ethnic-based fighting. Gerald Menya, commissioner for refugees in Uganda, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that two to three Congolese are arriving each hour. He...