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This photo provided by Council on American-Islamic Relations shows Lena Masri, national litigation director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Diamond Powell, 28, of Baltimore, CAIR staff attorney Zanah Ghalawanji, and Zainab Chaudry, director of CAIR's Maryland office during a online news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.    Powell, a Muslim woman who worked for a McDonald’s franchisee, sued her former employer, Susdewitt Management LLC, on Thursday, with the backing of attorneys from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  (Council on American-Islamic Relations via AP)

Muslim woman accuses McDonald's franchisee of discrimination

Aug. 14, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Muslim woman who worked for a McDonald’s franchisee in Maryland claims managers and co-workers sexually harassed her and subjected her to religious discrimination after she converted to Islam. Diamond Powell, 28, of Baltimore, sued her former employer, Susdewitt...

University cites racist Twitter bio in firing police officer

Aug. 14, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A university police officer in Florida whose Twitter bio described herself as a “KKK member” has been fired, officials said. Former University of South Florida officer Presley Garcia, 26, said her friend added the description in 2015 and she had not used the account for...

This 2007 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her mother, Shyamala, at a Chinese New Year parade. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for...

Cop fired for racist Christmas decorations returns to work

Aug. 13, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who was fired for decorating a Christmas tree with racist items has been reinstated through arbitration, a process that makes it difficult to fire officers and has been cited as an obstacle to police reform. The arbitrator ruled that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly...

In this March 2, 2020 photo, Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman Mitchell, speaks to the media as Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, listens during a visit to the Connecticut State Public Health Laboratory, in Rocky Hill, Conn. Lamont announced Tuesday, May 12 that he is appointing Department of Social Services Commissioner Deidre Gifford to serve as acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health, removing Coleman Mitchell, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Former health commissioner claims discrimination in firing

Aug. 11, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

Connecticut's former public health commissioner is alleging that Gov. Ned Lamont fired her for “discriminatory reasons” and administration officials prohibited her from implementing nursing home protocols that would have saved lives amid the coronavirus pandemic. Renée Coleman Mitchell lodged...

FILE - In a July 26, 2017 file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange.  McDonald’s is suing Easterbrook, the former CEO, saying he lied about relationships with employees and destroyed evidence before he was fired from the company in 2019. McDonald’s fired Easterbook last November after he admitted to an improper relationship with an employee, with whom he exchanged videos and text messages.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's sues ousted CEO, alleging employee relationships

Aug. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

McDonald’s says it's suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with three other employees and destroyed evidence. The company now wants to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to...

The Women LLC offers microloans to black business owners

Aug. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kanika White read a statistic in passing a few years ago that jarred her. She wanted to understand what was causing a 42% poverty rate among Black Knoxville residents. “Like with anything that is that huge and complex...the initial thought is (the issue is) too big for...

School official under fire for Black Lives Matter support

Aug. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) — An email message that Andrea Kane, the superintendent of schools in Queen Anne’s County, sent to parents at the end of the 2019-2020 school year started out unremarkably, listing achievements for the year and the dates of coming events. Then it pivoted into less familiar...

Pastor pursues passions in ministry, racial reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Zach Somerville says he felt called to work in ministry in his youth, but he ran away from it until early experiences in the U.S. Air Force changed his perspective. Now, he’s among a group of pastors in the Sumter community trying to help lead efforts toward racial...

A paragraph in the Colonial Vestry Book of Lynnhaven Parish Princess Anne County Virginia 1723-1786 shows an entry of slave was bought and sold, is shown Monday, June 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Va. The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Virginia churches reckon with history in slave trade

Aug. 8, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Parishioners at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach were shocked — and dismayed — when their congregation’s records showed that their 383-year-old church once owned slaves. It recently launched a film-based dialogue series called “Sacred...