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Alan Swinney points a paintball gun at a group of counterprotesters, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Far-right organizers with the stated goal of

Self-described Proud Boy pleads not guilty to assault

Oct. 1, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A self-described member of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, pleaded not guilty to a dozen charges Thursday related to clashes in the streets of Portland, Oregon, between right- and left-wing demonstrators in the run-up to November's presidential election. Alan Swinney, 50, was...

FILE - Theater's line 45th Street in New York on May 13, 2020. A new report on racial representation on New York stages has found that little has been changing — there remains an over-representation of white actors, writers and directors. The annual study from the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, analyzed the 18 largest non-profit theaters as well as Broadway companies in New York City during the 2017-18 season. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Report finds New York writers, stages remain extremely white

Oct. 1, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report on racial representation on New York stages has found that little has been changing — there remains an over-representation of white actors, writers and directors. The annual study, “The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on NYC Stages,” from the Asian...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 1996 file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asks a crowd for donations to the advertising fund to stop Proposition 209 during a rally in the Westwood section of Los Angeles. Jackson was at the rally to speak out against the proposition, which he said would hurt women and people of color. In November 2020, a California with vastly different political preferences and demographics will consider repealing a 1996 law barring state and local governments from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to people based on race, ethnicity, national origin or sex. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)

Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

Oct. 1, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring, contracting and college admissions — nearly a quarter century after voters outlawed programs that give preference based on race and...

Warren, Mich., Mayor James Fouts, left, stands with Candace and Eddie Hall during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at police headquarters in Warren. A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the Hall's home just north of Detroit after the family put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

White man seeks forgiveness in attack on Black family's home

Oct. 1, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday. Michael Frederick Jr., 24, made the remarks after being given a moment to speak about his...

Exterior photo of the First Unitarian Church in is shown in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The  church  has for months played a background role in the protest movement in a downtown square a mile away, dropping off ice, bandaging wounds.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Inside the church at the heart of the Louisville protests

Oct. 1, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The story of how the First Unitarian Church of Louisville flung open its doors to protesters who marched for justice for Breonna Taylor began years before the helicopters swirled overhead, before police in riot gear began marching up the alley. It began with much quieter moments, in...

Deputy chief at jail retires after using racial slur in text

Oct. 1, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The deputy chief at a New Mexico jail will retire this week after an investigation found that he used a racial slur to refer to an inmate. Deputy Chief Aaron Vigil of the Metropolitan Detention Center will retire on Friday. He has not worked at the jail since August pending the...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Pompeo is meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials, a day after tensions over U.S. opposition to the Vatican’s China policy spilled out in public. (Vatican Media via AP)

Pompeo, Vatican butt heads on China after tensions spill out

Oct. 1, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.S. and the Vatican butted heads over China on Thursday as the Holy See chafed at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s public call to take a harsher stance against Chinese restrictions on religious freedom. The State Department sought to play down the differences, but tensions...

Housing officials retiring after discrimination accusation

Oct. 1, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Two longtime officials with the Decatur Housing Authority plan to retire after the agency settled federal claims accusing it of discriminating against Black people, who weren't allowed to live in its most desirable homes. Andy Holloway, chief operating officer of the authority, and...

People wait to ride a revolving swing at the Perry State Fair in New Lexington, Ohio, Friday, July 24, 2020. In the towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, the pandemic has barely been felt. Coronavirus deaths and racial protests - events that have defined 2020 nationwide - are mostly just images on TV from a distant America. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar

Oct. 1, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

BUCHTEL, Ohio (AP) — The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. People have been coming to the trough for at least a century, since horses were watered here and coal miners stopped by to wash off the...

Boston University gets $1.5 million for antiracism research

Oct. 1, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research was awarded $1.5 million from the Rockefeller Foundation to research racial disparities in the U.S., the university announced Thursday. The grant will support projects including the center's COVID-19 Racial Data Tracker, which is being used...