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A sign written in Arabic is mounted on the fence of the Assyafaah Mosque in Singapore, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Two Singapore mosques at the center of a foiled terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols around the district. (AP Photo/Annabelle Liang)

Singapore mosques, worshippers react to teen’s attack plans

Jan. 28, 2021 9:07 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Two Singapore mosques that authorities said were the targets of a planned terrorist attack by a 16-year-old student stayed open Thursday as police stepped up patrols in the area. Staff at the Assyafaah Mosque and Yusof Ishak Mosque in northern Singapore said already-frequent patrols had...

Republicans on education board attack social studies plan

Jan. 28, 2021 8:47 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican members of the State Board of Education charged at a meeting that proposed social studies standards are “anti-American” and will teach North Carolina public school students that the nation is oppressive and racist. The board on Wednesday reviewed new K-12...

In this photo provided by Oregon Health & Science University, Oliver Pelayo, an OHSU registered nurse, prepares vaccine doses during a drive-thru clinic held in a parking lot at the Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 24, 2021. An advisory committee in Oregon that provides recommendations to the governor and public health authorities about which groups to prioritize next for the COVID-19 vaccine is tackling what role race should play in those decisions as tensions around urgent questions of equity and vaccine access bubble up nationwide. (Erik Robinson/Oregon Health & Science University via AP)

Oregon puts debate over race in vaccine rollout to test

Jan. 28, 2021 12:12 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The role that race should play in deciding who gets priority for the COVID-19 vaccine in the next phase of the rollout is being put to the test in Oregon as tensions around equity and access to the shots emerge nationwide. An advisory committee that provides recommendations to...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. The San Francisco school board has voted to remove the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein unworthy of the honor. After months of controversy, the board voted 6-1 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in favor of renaming 44 San Francisco school sites with new names with no connection to slavery, oppression, racism or similar criteria, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

Jan. 27, 2021 8:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on...

This March 22, 2017, photo provided by Religion News Service shows Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore. The historic church has committed to setting aside $100,000 to reparations, an initiative that will contribute to local racial justice causes. Memorial Episcopal Church has also pledged to contribute an additional $400,000 for reparations and justice over five years. (Courtesy of Eli Pousson/Flickr/Religion News Service via AP)

Maryland Episcopal church commits $500,000 to reparations

Jan. 27, 2021 7:51 PM EST

(RNS) — A historic Episcopal church in Baltimore has committed to setting aside $100,000 to reparations, an initiative that will contribute to local racial justice causes. Memorial Episcopal Church also pledged to contribute an additional $400,000 for reparations and justice over five years. “Our...

United States Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield testifies during for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Biden's pick for UN post calls China 'a strategic adversary'

Jan. 27, 2021 7:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Linda Thomas-Greenfield called China “a strategic adversary” that threatens the world and expressed regret at a Senate hearing Wednesday on her nomination as United Nations ambassador for a speech she gave in 2019 that praised China’s initiatives in Africa and...

Montana man faces $9.9M fine for racist, harassing robocalls

Jan. 27, 2021 5:48 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is facing a $9.9 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission after he sent racist, anti-Semitic and harassing robocalls to tens of thousands of phones across eight states. Scott D. Rhodes' calls in 2018 targeted Black and Jewish politicians, a journalist,...

Suit: Armed group seeking teen targeted Black woman's home

Jan. 27, 2021 5:37 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A law firm that advocates for victims of racial discrimination has filed a lawsuit over an incident in North Carolina in which it said a Black woman's home came under siege by an armed group looking for a missing white teenager. The Washington-based Lawyers' Committee for Civil...

House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton sits at her desk during the opening day of the legislative session on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stapleton later introduced a bill that would outlaw hair and head covering discrimination in schools and workplaces. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico lawmakers consider hair discrimination bill

Jan. 27, 2021 4:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to protect New Mexico students and workers from discrimination stemming from hairstyles or religious coverings cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, winning a unanimous endorsement from the House Education Committee. Native American and Black supporters shared personal...

FILE - In this April 27, 2018, a statue of former Mayor Orville Hubbard, is displayed in Dearborn, Mich. Elected officials in the Detroit suburb are wiping away part of the community's segregationist past by removing the name of its longest-serving mayor from a civic center ballroom. The action Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, by the Dearborn City Council is the latest move to separate the city from Orville Hubbard's political legacy which included efforts to keep Black families from moving into the then-mostly white community. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Dearborn to remove name of former mayor from ballroom

Jan. 27, 2021 3:39 PM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in a Detroit suburb are trying to wipe away part of the community’s segregationist past by removing the name of its longest-serving mayor from a civic center ballroom. The action Tuesday by the Dearborn City Council is the latest move to separate the city...