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Today in History

Oct. 03, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2021. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball’s first Black manager as he...

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

Sep. 24, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said. It's a dramatic change from last Saturday, when...

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

Sep. 24, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies,...

Migrant camp along Texas border shrinks as removals ramp up

Sep. 23, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants milled around makeshift shelters held up with giant reeds, as wind blew dust through the camp littered with plastic bottles and overflowing trash bags. Some migrants sat on plastic paint cans or the ground while others hung clothes to dry on the...

Bond set at $15K for ex-Arkansas deputy in teen's shooting

Sep. 20, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of civil rights activists was released Monday on $15,000 bond. Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke...

Ex-deputy charged with manslaughter in white teen's death

Sep. 17, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. A special prosecutor announced the felony charge against...

Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali doc is based on Ga. professor’s book

Sep. 05, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In the early 1960s, firebrand preacher Malcolm X and boxing phenom Cassius Clay became close friends, a fascinating relationship that fell apart and never was repaired before Malcolm X was killed by an assassin in 1965. That relationship is explored in...

Marchers across US call on Congress to bolster voting rights

Aug. 28, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictions advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists...

Hochul announces Benjamin as pick for lieutenant governor

Aug. 26, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul introduced state Sen. Brian Benjamin as her choice for lieutenant governor Thursday in the senator's Harlem district, where the two promised to work together to address the ongoing pandemic and get COVID-19 relief into New Yorkers' pockets. ...

U.S. voting rights events reflect multiracial reform agenda

Aug. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

A decades-old fight to expand and protect voting rights will intensify this weekend, when multiracial coalitions of civil, human and labor rights leaders hold rallies in Washington and across the nation to urge passage of federal voter protections eroded since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ...