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US, North Macedonia, and Kosovo sign 5G deal

Oct. 23, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia and Kosovo signed an agreement Friday with the United States on high-speed wireless network security aimed at excluding Chinese hardware providers. The agreement to join the so-called “5G Clean Network Security” nations was signed at ceremonies...

Alphina Kamara at Wesleyan University, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Middletown, Conn. Kamara, a junior at Wesleyan University studying English and sociology, says she was never encouraged to explore options like an engineering course while in high school. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses

Oct. 22, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware. Kamara, who is Black, was enrolled in an “audio engineering” course that taught her how to make music tracks and videos instead of a regular...

Minneapolis police deputy demoted over 'white boys' comment

Oct. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A high-ranking deputy to the Minneapolis' police chief said he was demoted after he was quoted in a newspaper story referring to white officers as “white boys,” which led to a backlash within the department. Art Knight, who is Black and who was Police Chief Medaria...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz reacts during the second half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Southern California. The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced while they played for the Hawkeyes. The players also called for the firings of Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Attny: Iowa saying no to demands only emboldens ex-players

Oct. 19, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said Monday night the university's rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter. Civil rights attorney Damario...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2019, file photo, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz reacts during the second half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Southern California. The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced while they played for the Hawkeyes. The players also called for the firings of Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez, File)

Iowa says it won't pay ex-players' demand for $20 million

Oct. 18, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

The University of Iowa said it would not pay a demand from eight Black former football players for $20 million in compensation for alleged racial discrimination they faced playeingfor the Hawkeyes. The university general counsel's office released its response Sunday to a 21-page certified letter dated Oct. 5 from...

Theo Brown poses for a portrait outside his home in Marietta, Ga., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. While at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy, Brown said he was once pepper-sprayed three times in a single training exercise while other trainees were sprayed once. It got to the point, he said, that other trainees didn’t want to work near him because of the “special attention” he was receiving. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage)

DEA recruits cite 'monkey noises' among claims of racism

Oct. 16, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

At the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy in Virginia last year, an instructor on the firing range called out a name that was shared by two trainees, one Black and one white. When both responded, the white instructor clarified, “I meant the monkey.” That behavior, as alleged...

Spain to fine companies perpetuating chronic gender wage gap

Oct. 13, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is moving to outlaw the wage gap between men and women, making mandatory for companies to disclose the salaries of their employees or face fines. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz has called the new regulations “historical.” Socialist and far-left ministers...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks during a company event in New York.  Nadella said in June 2020 that the tech company would double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Trump administration targets diversity hiring by contractors

Oct. 9, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

American companies promising to hire more Black employees in leadership roles and teach their workforce about racism are getting a message from President Donald Trump’s administration: Watch your step if you want to keep doing business with the federal government. Trump’s Labor Department is using a...

Study: MLS gets A for racial hiring, but sliding in gender

Oct. 7, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

A diversity report for racial and gender hiring in Major League Soccer reported a high score for hiring people of color but a fourth straight decline in the hiring of women at the team and league level. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida...

FILE - A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is investigating its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African American people managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Government probes Microsoft's effort to boost diversity

Oct. 6, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company's June pledge to double the number of Black and African...