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Biden on racism: Whites 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear,...

Gun control must include background checks, Dems tell Trump

Sep. 15, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democratic leaders warned President Donald Trump on Sunday that any proposal on gun control must include a House-passed bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — or else risk no legislation at all. In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

Gun violence against Denver teens, children is increasing

Sep. 15, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The number of children and teens killed by gun violence in Denver is rising, and so is the number of youth charged with gun-related crimes, The Denver Post reported Sunday. The newspaper said its analysis showed 15 teens and children have been shot and killed in the city since Jan. 1, 2018,...

Kansas State Fair to evaluate gun rules for concert security

Sep. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair will reevaluate its gun policy this fall because concert security concerns could conflict with state law that allows gun owners to carry their weapons openly. The fair had to screen concertgoers at the Sept. 7 Billy Currington performance because he required it...

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban

Sep. 15, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired chemical-laced blue water and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. A mixed crowd of...

Serbian police intervene to protect gay pride parade

Sep. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Police in Serbia briefly clashed with far-right supporters who tried to prevent a gay pride parade attended by the country's openly gay prime minister on Sunday. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her partner joined several hundred activists in the annual march through downtown...

2 Pulse survivors host rally against gay 'lifestyle'

Sep. 15, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre hosted a Florida rally for people who say they have left behind homosexuality for Christianity. The Orlando Sentinel reports that about 100 people attended the Saturday rally organized by Angel Colon and Luis Javier Ruiz and the Florida...

NY schools first to have 'red flag' petition power on guns

Sep. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person's access to firearms. About a third of U.S. states have so-called "red flag" laws, which allow courts to temporarily...

Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

System slow to resolve complaints of Chicago police torture

Sep. 15, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Decades after evidence first emerged that Chicago police detectives were repeatedly winning confessions through coercion and torture, the Cook County criminal justice system struggles to respond to the complaints of hundreds of defendants that they were coerced years ago into falsely...