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NC residents say a community pool has discriminatory rules

Jun. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

WENDELL, N.C. (AP) — Residents of a North Carolina community say a private pool is enforcing discriminatory rules that ban dreadlocks, weaves and baggy pants. News outlets report Wake County residents have been sharing the rules on social media and calling for conversation on what they say are racist...

US Education Department to investigate UNC Middle East event

Jun. 18, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is investigating a conference on the Middle East held at the University of North Carolina after a legislator raised complaints that participants were biased against Israel. The conference titled "Conflict Over Gaza: People, Politics, and...

Buttigieg goes home to South Bend after man killed by police

Jun. 17, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg pulled himself off the presidential campaign trail Monday after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in his hometown forced him to confront issues of race and policing. The Democrat canceled several days of campaign events...

Harvard pulls Parkland grad's admission over racist comments

Jun. 17, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A survivor of the Parkland school shooting announced Monday that Harvard University withdrew his admission over racist comments he made in a shared Google Doc and text messages nearly two years ago. In a series of posts on Twitter, Kyle Kashuv shared several letters he received from the Ivy...

Search warrant cites synagogue shooter's hatred of Judaism

Jun. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sole gunman in a Southern California synagogue shooting in which a woman was killed told an investigator he adopted his hatred of Judaism 18 months before the fatal attack, according to a federal search warrant. John T. Earnest, 19, also told a San Diego Sheriff's detective that he was...

Sentencing moved up for man in deadly Charlottesville rally

Jun. 17, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been moved up for an avowed white supremacist convicted of federal hate crimes for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr. was originally scheduled to be sentenced July...

Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

Jun. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said. Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, is charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an...

Mexico vows to help Central American migrants amid crackdown

Jun. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday his country must help Central Americans fleeing poverty and violence, even as it increases security and revisions to deter migrants from passing through Mexico on route to the U.S. Mexico plans to deploy 6,000...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

Jun. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired. The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that said "Hey Cops!...