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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Newsom has filed a brief with the state Supreme Court arguing the state's process for imposing the death penalty has always been infected by racism. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool, File)

California governor: Death penalty 'infected by racism'

Oct. 26, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's process for imposing the death penalty “is now, and always has been, infected by racism,” Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Monday in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court. Newsom filed the brief in the case of Donte Lamont McDaniel, who was sentenced to...

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner does a television interview at the White House, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kushner says Black people must 'want to be successful'

Oct. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential adviser Jared Kushner said Monday that President Donald Trump wants to help Black people in America, but they have to “want to be successful" for his policies to work. “President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 26, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Akron’s police auditor can’t deliver transparency without more help Akron Beacon Journal Oct. 18 As the only city in Ohio with a police auditor, one might think Akron is on the cutting edge of providing citizens with...

Army Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute, looks out the window of his office in Lexington, Va., in this April 26, 2007, photo. The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute has resigned, the school's board president announced in a statement Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, a week after state officials ordered an investigation into what they characterized as a culture of “ongoing structural racism.

VMI board says "with deep regret" that superintendent is out

Oct. 26, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute resigned Monday, a week after state officials ordered an investigation into what they characterized as a culture of “ongoing structural racism" at the college. The Board of Visitors accepted 80-year-old retired Army Gen....

Wing warden: Black Hills State student rescues butterflies

Oct. 26, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — In late September the news of planned construction on the Kathryn Johnson Life Sciences Laboratory at Black Hills State University sent one student scrambling to rescue the chrysalises of monarch butterflies. Butterfly enthusiast Kara Whalen, 28, of Spearfish, who is studying nursing...

FILE  - In this Sunday Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets churchgoers at St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate

Oct. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square,...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, accompanied by other members of the clergy, leaves St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Black D.C. archbishop's rise marks a historic moment

Oct. 25, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory is set to become the first Black U.S. prelate to assume the rank of cardinal in the Catholic Church, a historic appointment that comes months after nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice. Gregory’s ascension, announced on Sunday...

In this photo provided by Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet gives an interview Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 in Chauvin, La. Soignet, a south Louisiana sheriff is adding photographs of five 19th century African American sheriffs — two of whom also were state senators — to the portraits displayed in his office’s waiting room.   (James Loiselle/Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

Louisiana sheriff adding portraits of 19th C Black sheriffs

Oct. 25, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana sheriff is adding photographs of five 19th century African American sheriffs — two of whom went on to be state senators — to the portraits displayed in his office’s waiting room. “Terrebonne Parish’s African-American sheriffs played...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

Ohio State receiver Garrett Wilson, left, catches a touchdown pass past Nebraska defensive back Dicaprio Bootle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Fields, No. 5 Ohio St run away from Huskers in opener, 52-17

Oct. 24, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Fields and No. 5 Ohio State shook off the rust in the first half and then buried Nebraska the rest of the way. Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another, Master Teague III rushed for a pair of scores and the Buckeyes rolled over Nebraska 52-17...