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In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 photo, Rev. David Kennedy stands outside the Echo Theater holding a photo of his great uncle's lynching, in Laurens, S.C. Kennedy has fought for civil rights in South Carolina for decades. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

Pastor's fight against KKK becomes movie that may aid battle

Jan. 29, 2020 2:08 AM EST

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Not many years ago in a small, rural South Carolina town stood The Redneck Shop — a racist emporium and Ku Klux Klan museum housed in an old theater, where white supremacist neo-Nazis gave heil-Hitler salutes and flaunted swastikas and Rebel flags. That building, once the...

FILE - In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Dylann Roof enters the court room at the Charleston County Judicial Center to enter his guilty plea on murder charges in Charleston, S.C. White supremacist Roof on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, arguing that he was mentally ill when he represented himself at his capital trial. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)

White supremacist appeals death penalty in church massacre

Jan. 28, 2020 8:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof on Tuesday appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, arguing that he was mentally ill when he represented himself at his capital trial. In a 321-page legal brief filed with the...

FILE - In this Mov. 15, 2017, file photo, MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian appears in court in Portland, Ore. Two men who were fatally stabbed and a third who was severely injured in an attack on a Portland, Oregon light-rail train likely did not know the man charged in the case was holding a small folding knife when they confronted him, a prosecutor said in opening statements Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Prosecutor Don Rees told jurors that no one on the train realized Christian had pulled the 4-inch knife from his pocket during a shoving match with the victims. Other passengers on the packed commuter train at rush hour thought the men had gotten into a fist fight until they saw blood spurting from the victims' necks, Rees said. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP,File)

Trial begins in fatal Portland, Oregon light-rail stabbings

Jan. 28, 2020 7:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two men who were fatally stabbed and a third who was severely injured in an attack on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train likely did not know the man charged in the case was holding a small folding knife when they confronted him, a prosecutor said in opening statements Tuesday....

Myon Burrell, convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl pierced in the heart by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing homework at her family's dining room table, stands for a photograph at the Stillwater Correctional Facility, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Stillwater, Minn. A growing number of legal experts, community leaders and civil rights activists are concerned that Burrell may have been wrongly convicted, as there was no gun, fingerprints or hard evidence to implicate him. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Amy Klobuchar helped jail teen for life, but case was flawed

Jan. 28, 2020 6:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It was a prime-time moment for Amy Klobuchar. Standing in the glare of television lights at a Democratic presidential debate last fall, she was asked about her years as a top Minnesota prosecutor and allegations she was not committed to racial justice. “That’s not my...

White supremacist Dylann Roof appeals convictions, death sentence in killing of 9 black church members in South Carolina

Jan. 28, 2020 5:54 PM EST
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof appeals convictions, death sentence in killing of 9 black church members in South Carolina.
Shelly Smith braids hair for Bridget Dunmore at her salon, Braid Heaven Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Kansas City, Kan. Legislators in Kansas and Wisconsin are considering whether to revise their states' anti-discrimination laws to ban bias in housing, employment and public accommodations based on hairstyles

Midwestern states consider banning bias based on hairstyles

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Black female legislators in two predominantly white Midwestern states urged their Republican colleagues Tuesday to join a national push to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks. Legislative committees in Kansas and Wisconsin held separate hearings on...

Yale University art gallery to present exhibit on lynching

Jan. 28, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — In 1952, while a student at La Esmeralda, Mexico’s national school of art, American artist John Wilson (1922-2015) painted a powerful mural that he titled “The Incident.” The fresco depicted a scene of a racial-terror lynching at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan,...

Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in North Liberty, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Buttigieg thanks staffers of color for voicing grievances

Jan. 28, 2020 2:46 PM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday thanked his staffers of color for feeling able to voice their grievances following a news report that said some had expressed frustrations with the campaign. “That may not be something that’s typical or has...

Jimmy, left, and Dee Haslam owners of the NFL Cleveland Browns stands with new head coach Kevin Stefanski after a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Berry returns to Browns as NFL's youngest general manager

Jan. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have a new general manager, and they don't any need time to get to know him. Andrew Berry was named Cleveland's GM and executive vice president on Tuesday, returning to the team after a one-year stint in the Philadelphia Eagles' front office. Berry was the Browns' vice president...

Monument commemorating voting rights to be built

Jan. 28, 2020 10:29 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A monument honoring voting rights for African American men and women will soon be built on Pennsylvania's Capitol grounds. The monument will also commemorate former residents of the Old Eighth Ward, a black community in Harrisburg that was demolished to make way for the state Capitol...