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FILE - This June 23, 2015, file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial. The suburban Atlanta park that's home to the massive carving of Confederate leaders says it will close its gates Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in the face of a planned right-wing rally. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia park with Confederate sculpture shuts gates to rally

Aug. 14, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Suburban Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park, home of a giant sculpture of Confederate leaders, says it will close its gates Saturday in the face of a planned right-wing rally. The event has sparked fears of violence, especially before an all-Black militia said earlier this week that it would...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2000, file photo, Australia's Cathy Freeman celebrates winning the women's 400 meter race at the Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. Freeman ignited the Olympic flame to open the Sydney 2000 Games and returned 10 nights later to win a gold medal in the 400 meters that had been a long time in waiting for country. She was the first Aboriginal person from Australia to win an individual Olympic gold. And she celebrated in a bare-foot victory lap with an Australian flag and the red, black and yellow Australian Aboriginal flag together in her hand. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Freeman's legacy endures long after Sydney's flame went out

Aug. 14, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

In a momentary pause between reality sinking in and her victory celebrations fully starting, Cathy Freeman looked toward a track official and twirled her index finger to signal a full circuit. It wasn’t a question of if, but for how long. Within seconds, she had an Australian flag and the Australian...

Male stripper gets 16 years in prison for threats to witness

Aug. 14, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas sentenced a former male stripper to more than 16 years in prison following his conviction on charges related to having a shank in jail and threatening to have a white supremacist gang kill a witness. Collin Garrett Hayden, 28, was sentenced on Thursday. In...

RETRANSMISSION TO REMOVE OUT OF CONTEXT SENTENCE ABOUT SUCCESSION - FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden stands at left as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting Harris is not eligible to serve as president because her parents were immigrants. Harris, 55, was born on Oct. 20, 1964, in Oakland, Calif., making her a natural-born U.S. citizen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Not Real News: A look at false claims around Kamala Harris

Aug. 14, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. This week the Not Real News focuses on false news that spread about Sen. Kamala Harris after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Tuesday she would be his running mate. Here are the facts: ____...

Maryland county votes to keep Confederate memorial

Aug. 14, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A county on Maryland's Eastern Shore has voted to keep a memorial honoring Confederate soldiers, sparking a protest outside the meeting as activists said officials had used the coronavirus pandemic as an "excuse" to shelve the issue. The Talbot County Council voted 3 to 2 to keep the...

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Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges writes children's book

Aug. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children's book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced Friday that Bridges'...

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...

A symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge is moved away from its usual spot by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Australian survey: younger Olympians more willing to protest

Aug. 14, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian survey shows a higher proportion of younger Olympians would be prepared to use games venues or medal podiums as a platform for demonstrations. The International Olympic Committee’s Rule 50.2, which forbids demonstrations or political, religious or racial...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...