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Justice Department to expand redlining investigation efforts

Oct. 22, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Friday a cross-government effort to investigate and prosecute redlining, the practice of banks discriminating against racial minorities or certain neighborhoods. It is the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the Obama...

Debut of Huey Newton bust spotlights an influential figure

Oct. 22, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

It was the first time in decades that she’d seen his glow. At the California foundry that fired a bust of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Percy Newton, his widow supervised as a bronze caster put finishing touches on what is to become the first permanent public art...

Missouri mayor resigns before hearing regarding racial slur

Oct. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

BATES CITY, Mo. (AP) — A small town Missouri mayor has resigned ahead of a scheduled impeachment hearing called after the mayor was allegedly recorded uttering a racial slur. Shawn Fox offered his resignation Monday to the Bates City Board of Aldermen, ahead of an...

Free community college expected to be cut from spending bill

Oct. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

President Joe Biden's long-sought goal of free community college appears to be a victim of cost-cutting in his social spending plan, dealing a major blow to his vision for a historic expansion of educational opportunity to all Americans. Biden acknowledged as much in a...

Bosnian Serb police drill seen as separatist 'provocation'

Oct. 22, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia’s Serb police on Friday held an “anti-terrorist” drill just outside the capital Sarajevo in a move seen by many as another provocation by the Serb separatist leadership. The exercise was held in the ski resort at Mt....

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

Oct. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The...

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022

Oct. 21, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. “Everybody I talked to said:...

Museum proposes melting Lee statue to make new artwork

Oct. 21, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia museum is proposing to melt down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville and create a new work of public art. The Jefferson School African...

Fallout from Jon Gruden emails leads to diversity questions

Oct. 21, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

Every week for the past two seasons, NFL players take the field wearing social justice messages on their helmets, and “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” are stenciled in the end zones as part of the league’s Inspire Change platform. But actions often speak...

43 countries criticize China at UN for repression of Uyghurs

Oct. 21, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 40 mainly Western countries criticized China at a U.N. meeting on Thursday for the reported torture and repression of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, keeping a spotlight on the region where foreign governments and researchers...