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2 charged with shouting racial slurs on UConn campus

Oct. 22, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Two University of Connecticut students have been charged with shouting racial slurs outside the dorm room of a black student. Campus police on Monday announced that 21-year-old Jarred Karal, of Plainville, and 21-year-old Ryan Mucaj, of Granby, are charged with ridicule on account of...

Zimbabwe declares new public holiday to protest US sanctions

Oct. 22, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has declared a new public holiday to protest U.S sanctions it says are hurting its economy — and the day comes with a state-sponsored festival. Anti-Sanctions Day will be commemorated on Oct. 25, acting information minister Amon Murwira said Monday, calling it a...

Teen accused of killing Wyoming girl waives speedy trial

Oct. 22, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota teenager charged with fatally shooting a girl from Wyoming has waived his right to a speedy trial. The Argus Leader says the waiver means the 17-year-old defendant gave up his right to have his case brought to trial in 180 days from his arraignment as specified under...

US diplomat: Kashmir human rights a concern for Washington

Oct. 22, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Trump administration remains concerned about the ongoing crackdown in India-administered Kashmir, the restive Himalayan region stripped of its special constitutional status in August, but supports India's development "objectives" there, a U.S. diplomat said in a statement Tuesday ahead...

Italy's next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools

Oct. 22, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans. Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that uses...

Trial set for man accused of threatening black activist

Oct. 22, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia is scheduled to be tried in December. Court records filed Monday say the jury trial for Daniel McMahon, of Brandon, Florida, is set to start Dec. 23 at the federal courthouse in Charlottesville....

Washington state shipyard settles lawsuit filed by employee

Oct. 22, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Naval shipyard in Washington State has settled a case with an employee over claims of sexual harassment and retaliation. The Kitsap Sun reports 57-year-old Mark Swalley settled his case against the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for $130,000. The lawsuit filed by the 33-year employee...

Union official: Fired Wisconsin school guard gets job back

Oct. 21, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district is rehiring a black security guard after he was fired last week for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it, a union official said Monday. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said that the union was contacted by...

Famed Peru restaurant pays price for special 'ladies' menu'

Oct. 21, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A famed restaurant in Peru's capital is learning an expensive lesson when it comes to giving women menus that don't include prices. The pricey seaside La Rosa Nautica restaurant is being fined $62,000 for its practice of handing a gold menu void of any details on what the fish ceviche or...

The Latest: Union official: Fired guard getting job back

Oct. 21, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a black Wisconsin security guard who was fired for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it (all times local): 6:20 p.m. A union official says a black security guard is getting his job back at a Wisconsin school after he was fired for repeating a...