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Black drivers stopped a disproportionate rate in Portland

Nov. 27, 2020 12:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Data released by the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, shows Black people were much more likely to be stopped by police in 2019 than people in other racial groups despite being a small part of the city’s population. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that of the 33,035 vehicle...

FILE - In this April 11, 2005 file photo, former Sudanese Prime Minister and head of the National Umma Party, Sadiq Al-Mahdi attends a US-Islamic World Forum meeting held in Doha, Qatar. Al-Mahdi, 84, died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. (AP Photo, File)

Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan former prime minister, dies of virus

Nov. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 Thursday in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, his party said. He was 84. Al-Mahdi was taken to Abu Dhabi for treatment in early November. His...

Prison sentence for man who threatened Black renters

Nov. 26, 2020 9:16 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas...

In this selfie photo, Antoine Mickle poses with a “Black Lives Matter” flag he put outside his home, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Jacksonville, Fla. His homeowners association asked him to take it down, but he has declined. Instead he has filed a federal lawsuit asserting that his civil rights was violated under fair housing laws. (Antoine Mickle via AP)

Black Lives Matter flag becomes issue in Florida community

Nov. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — As demonstrations against police brutality roiled the country earlier this year, Antoine Mickle began noticing the flags going up in his Jacksonville neighborhood declaring “Blue Lives Matter.” For months, those flags hung from his neighbors' homes. But when Mickle...

Editorial Roundup: US

Nov. 25, 2020 3:05 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Nov. 25 The Baltimore Sun on toilet paper purchases during the pandemic: You’ve got packages of toilet paper stacked in your bathroom closet. And some stashed in the basement. But then you throw some more rolls into your grocery cart,...

Prosecutor offers to cut Burrell's prison term by 15 years

Nov. 25, 2020 2:51 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday that he has offered to reduce the sentence of a Black man who is serving life in prison in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old girl. Myon Burrell was 16 when he was accused of killing Tyesha Edwards, who was hit by a stray bullet on Nov. 22, 2002,...

In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, Bruce Carver Boynton speaks at his home in Selma, Ala. Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides

Bruce Boynton, who inspired 1961 Freedom Rides, dies at 83

Nov. 25, 2020 12:19 AM EST

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Bruce Carver Boynton, a civil rights pioneer from Alabama who inspired the landmark “Freedom Rides" of 1961, died Monday. He was 83. Former Alabama state Sen. Hank Sanders, a friend of Boynton’s, on Tuesday confirmed his passing. Boynton was arrested 60 years ago for...

This combination photo shows from left, Mickey Guyton, Beyonce Knowles and H.E.R., whose songs about the Black experience all landed Grammy nominations Tuesday.  (AP Photo)

Amid racial reckoning, Grammys honor the Black experience

Nov. 25, 2020 12:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before. And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous...

Former Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon dies at 97

Nov. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of only two original, remaining Tuskegee Airmen in Colorado has died. Frank Macon died Sunday night at his home in Colorado Springs. He was 97. Air Force Col. Mark Dickerson, president of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., made the...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 2, 1990, file photo, David Dinkins delivers his first speech as mayor of New York, in New York. Dinkins, New York City’s first African-American mayor, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. He was 93. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths, File)

New York City's first Black mayor, David Dinkins, dies at 93

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Few American leaders have faced the battery of urban ills that confronted David Dinkins when he became New York City's first Black mayor in 1990. AIDS. Crack cocaine. A soaring murder rate. Rampant homelessness. Racial discord. Dinkins was elected with high hopes of turning things around,...