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Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade...

Texas town reflects on dragging death ahead of execution

Apr. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The 1998...

Harris' campaign focuses on black colleges for support

Apr. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters. Not only is she one of only two...

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Apr. 21, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged...

Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse

Apr. 20, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Some soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers' Association, which coordinated...

Oregon county pays $100K over Blue Lives Matter flag

Apr. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued alleging she was harassed after asking that a Blue Lives Matter flag not be displayed in the office. Karimah Guion-Pledgure said in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag demeans the Black...

Teens who were with boy shot by officer are added to lawsuit

Apr. 20, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four teenagers who were with a black 13-year-old Ohio boy before he was fatally shot by a white police officer have been added as third-party defendants in a civil rights lawsuit over his death, even though his family doesn't believe the teens should be held financially responsible....

Anderson sits out game, doesn't detail comments in fracas

Apr. 20, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson didn't go into detail Friday about what he said during a bench-clearing fracas with Kansas City earlier in the week after a report that he directed a racial slur at Royals pitcher Brad Keller. Anderson was suspended one game for his actions...

2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina

Apr. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches. That's...

'La Llorona' movie promotion with Mexican healers draws fire

Apr. 19, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A promotion around the movie "The Curse of La Llorona" using traditional Mexican healers for "spiritual cleansings" before screenings of the horror film is drawing strong criticism from healers and scholars who say the stunts are offensive and demeaning. Leading up to the Friday...