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China says US-Japan actions are stoking division

Apr. 17, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China hit back at the U.S.-Japan show of alliance during talks between President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, calling it an "ironic attempt of stoking division.” China said Suga and Biden's news conference Friday, in which they...

Chicago police critics call for charges in shooting of boy

Apr. 17, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Newly released video that shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 13-year-old will be key evidence when prosecutors consider a case against the officer and are confronted with both the emotions surrounding the chilling footage and legal precedent that makes it...

Prosecutor: Man charged in Long Island hate crime spree

Apr. 16, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

MANORVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man who authorities say went on a hate crime spree targeting people based on their religion and sexual orientation has been indicted on 36 criminal charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini announced Friday. Christopher...

2020's election keeps coming up in 2021's high court race

Apr. 16, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In the Republican primary in Pennsylvania's top-of-the-ticket election contest this year, one particular subject keeps coming up on the campaign trail: last year's presidential election. The campaign for an open state Supreme Court seat follows...

Colorado lawmaker: Slavery policy didn't impugn humanity

Apr. 16, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in Colorado have condemned a Republican lawmaker for joking about lynching before saying an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person “was not impugning anybody’s humanity." State Rep. Ron Hanks was speaking on the...

Officer faces criminal charges in racist rant, home dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

WESTWOOD, Mass. (AP) — A white Massachusetts police officer who authorities say assaulted her husband and threatened her son's Black friend in a heated dispute over the Black Lives Matter movement is now facing criminal charges. The Boston Globe reported a district...

Students lead US push for fuller Black history education

Apr. 16, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she...

Texas assault of Korean woman leads to hate crime indictment

Apr. 16, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman has been indicted on a hate crime charge after being accused of attacking a Korean woman inside her business, prosecutors announced Friday. Authorities allege Keaundra Young, 24, repeatedly punched Jung Kim while she shopped inside...

Colorado Asian leaders demand apology from newspaper

Apr. 16, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Leaders of Colorado’s Asian community have demanded an apology and are planning a boycott against The Villager newspaper in Greenwood Village for publishing a story on April Fools' Day that used extensive Asian stereotypes. The article, headlined...

Oregon officials address the state's COVID vaccine inequity

Apr. 16, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Oregon, officials on Friday addressed the “stark” and “unacceptable” disparities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported Friday that people in state’s wealthiest ZIP...