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Michigan official to resign after defending racist slur

Aug. 7, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — An elected official in a mostly white county in northern Michigan who used a racist slur prior to a public meeting to describe Black people in Detroit will resign, the county administrator said Friday. Leelanau County Administrator Chet Janik said Tom Eckerle, a member of the...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision

Aug. 7, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision. Whitmer visited Biden Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan...

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for a photograph in his office as he is running for the position of Maricopa County Sheriff again, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. Arpaio is trying to win back the sheriff's post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years, in what Arpaio acknowledges could be his last political race. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Joe Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in 2nd failed comeback bid

Aug. 7, 2020 9:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to...

Champaign barbershop targeted by protesters closes

Aug. 7, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois barbershop that became the target of protests by racial justice activists has closed, owner of the property where the shop leased space revealed Friday. The News-Gazette in Champaign reports Michael Long, the owner of Rogue Barber Co. in Champaign, announced in a...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013, file photo, Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson takes the oath of office at Cohen College Prep High School in New Orleans, La. Johnson, the  chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court says a life sentence for a man caught with hedge clippers stolen in a 1997 burglary results from laws rooted in racism. (Matthew Hinton/The Advocate via AP, File)

State chief justice blasts small-time thief's life sentence

Aug. 7, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man caught with stolen hedge clippers decades ago must continue to serve his life sentence, despite a stinging dissent from the chief justice of Louisiana’s Supreme Court, who said the sentence was the result of laws rooted in racism. Justice Bernette Johnson, the only Black...

Marquita Bradshaw, environmental justice chair of the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group, speaks July 7, 2020, during a news conference in front of City Hall in downtown Memphis, Tenn. Bradshaw scored an upset win over former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler in the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and will face former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty in the November election. (Max Gersh/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Bradshaw overcomes odds to win Tenn. Senate nomination

Aug. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw just had to look at her parents for inspiration to become a community activist in Memphis, Tennessee. Bradshaw, who won Thursday’s Democratic primary election over a well-funded opponent in the contest to replace Republican U.S. Sen....

A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with with a photo of Breonna Taylor, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Louisville, KY. Twenty-six billboards are going up across Louisville, demanding that the police officers involved in Taylor's death be arrested and charged.  Taylor was shot multiple times March 13 when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. No drugs were found. (AP Photo/Dylan T. Lovan)

Winfrey demanding justice for Breonna Taylor with billboards

Aug. 7, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — First, Oprah Winfrey put Breonna Taylor on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine. Now the media mogul is spreading her message with billboards demanding justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid. Twenty-six billboards displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up...

Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

Aug. 7, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often searched when...

Kansas City plans Black Lives Matter murals for 6 streets

Aug. 7, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The city council in Missouri's largest city has endorsed the idea of painting Black Lives Matter murals on six streets across the city. Kansas City Council members voted 12-1 Thursday in favor of a resolution saying the city “recognizes the importance and significance of the...

This combination of photos released by Lifetime shows participants in the new docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” top row from left, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Jena Lisa Jones, Kiki, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, Chaunte Davies, and Courtney Wild. The series premieres on Sunday. (Lifetime via AP)

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

Aug. 7, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers behind “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier’s sexual abuse. The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a...