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Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Mayor: Mummers Parade 'in jeopardy' for repeated blackface

Jan. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including blackface. The mayor sent a letter to the organizers of the four Mummers divisions and requested they meet with...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, former Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a campaign stop to support Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at the Biden for President Fort Dodge Office in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

Jan. 21, 2020 4:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. Iowans are legendary for expecting to meet White House hopefuls in person — multiple times — and the candidate wasn't going to be there, represented...

Church threatened with demolition sold to developer

Jan. 19, 2020 12:43 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A shuttered 19th century Philadelphia church threatened with demolition may be getting a new lease on life following a sale to a New Jersey developer who said he hopes to save the stone building by turning it into offices. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia last week confirmed the sale of...

Bloomberg campaign hiring ahead of Pennsylvania primary

Jan. 15, 2020 7:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign has begun hiring dozens of staff members in Pennsylvania, an aggressive move in a late primary state where his chief competitors for the Democratic Party's nomination have inroads. The campaign, which announced the hirings Wednesday, has...

Philadelphia to pay $4.15M to man over wrongful conviction

Jan. 3, 2020 12:27 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.15 million to a man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, one of the largest such payouts in city history. City officials agreed last week to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Shaurn Thomas, who was 20 when...

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Blackface again mars Philadelphia's troubled New Year parade

Jan. 2, 2020 3:46 PM EST

The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their actions “abhorrent and unacceptable.” The group the men apparently were affiliated with, the Froggy...

Philadelphia homicide rate hits high for decade; 355 killed

Dec. 31, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Philadelphia’s new police chief has a challenging agenda ahead that includes addressing the city’s gun violence and homicide rates. Two shooting deaths Tuesday make 2019 the city's deadliest year in a decade. Police say one man was fatally shot near Temple University Hospital and another in the...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo, Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. Outlaw was named  the new Philadelphia police commissioner (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Philadelphia names 1st black female police chief

Dec. 30, 2019 6:53 PM EST

The first black woman named to lead Philadelphia’s troubled police department pledged to be a “conduit” between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing the force. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney named Portland Chief Danielle Outlaw to the job on Monday,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin speaks at a candlelight vigil in Birmingham, Ala. Woodfin is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. (Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: Birmingham mayor backing Biden for president

Dec. 16, 2019 6:20 AM EST

The mayor of Alabama’s largest city is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on...