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Justice Department, Louisville negotiating federal settlement on city's policing practices

Feb. 20, 2024 17:30 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has started negotiations on a settlement with the city of Louisville after federal officials released a report detailing a pattern of racial discrimination by the city's police force. The multiyear federal investigation was...

Attorneys for Georgia slave descendants urge judge not to throw out their lawsuit over island zoning

Feb. 20, 2024 13:46 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys suing a Georgia county over zoning changes that they say threaten one of the South's last Gullah-Geechee communities of Black slave descendants asked a judge Tuesday to let them correct technical problems with their civil complaint to avoid having it dismissed. ...

Indiana freelance reporter charged after threatening to kill pro-Israel U.S. officials

Feb. 19, 2024 16:31 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A freelance reporter based in Fort Wayne, Indiana is facing up to five years in federal prison after allegedly threatening to “kill every Jew” in the city and "shoot every pro-Israel U.S. government official,” according to a federal affidavit filed in court last...

Long after tragic mysteries are solved, families of Native American victims are kept in the dark

Feb. 19, 2024 10:11 AM EST

It was the winter of 2021 when Philbert Shorty’s family found his abandoned car stuck in the mud outside the small community of Tsaile near the Arizona-New Mexico state line. “We knew something happened from the get-go," said his uncle, Ben Shorty. “We couldn’t find any answers.” ...

Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names

Feb. 18, 2024 23:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samantha Sumiko Pinedo and her grandparents file into a dimly lit enclosure at the Japanese American National Museum and approach a massive book splayed open to reveal columns of names. Pinedo is hoping the list includes her great-grandparents, who were detained in Japanese...

A Black author takes a new look at Georgia's white founder and his failed attempt to ban slavery

Feb. 17, 2024 09:45 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Michael Thurmond thought he was reading familiar history at the burial place of Georgia's colonial founder. Then a single sentence on a marble plaque extolling the accomplishments of James Edward Oglethorpe left him stunned speechless. Within a lengthy tribute...

Texas ban on university diversity efforts provides a glimpse of the future across GOP-led states

Feb. 17, 2024 01:39 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The dim lighting and vacant offices were the first clues. Other changes struck Nina Washington, a senior at the University of Texas, when she returned to her favorite study spot from winter break. The words “Multicultural Center” had been taken off the...

Fani Willis' testimony evokes long-standing frustrations for Black women leaders

Feb. 17, 2024 00:16 AM EST

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is used to prosecuting high-profile, challenging cases. But as she parried questions about her own personal conduct from the witness stand against the legal teams for defendants her office has accused of election interference, many Black women recognized...

5-year-old migrant boy who got sick at a temporary Chicago shelter died from sepsis, autopsy shows

Feb. 16, 2024 21:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The cause of death for a 5-year-old Venezuelan boy who died in December after becoming ill at a temporary shelter for migrants in Chicago was sepsis and a bacterial infection that causes strep throat, an autopsy released Friday shows. Jean Carlos Martinez died Dec....

A California judge is under investigation for alleged antisemitism and ethical violations

Feb. 16, 2024 19:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge is under investigation by a state agency for allegedly making antisemitic remarks when addressing a deputy public defender, failing to recuse himself from cases involving attorneys and other people he socialized with, sexually harassing women, and...