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Prominent New York church, sued for gender bias, moves forward with male pastor candidate

Apr. 15, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

A search committee previously sued for gender discrimination over its hiring process has announced its pick for the next senior pastor of a prominent New York City congregation considered by some to be the flagship of the Black church in America. Candidate Kevin R. Johnson, founding...

Gene Herrick, AP photographer who covered the Korean War and civil rights, dies at 97

Apr. 15, 2024 13:30 PM EDT

RICH CREEK, Va. (AP) — Gene Herrick, a retired Associated Press photographer who covered the Korean War and is known for his iconic images of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and the trial of the killers of Emmett Till in the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, died Friday. He was 97. ...

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Black Lives Matter activist over Louisiana protest lawsuit

Apr. 15, 2024 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a lawsuit to go forward against a Black Lives Matter activist who led a protest in Louisiana in which a police officer was injured. Civil rights groups and free speech advocates have warned that the suit threatens the right to protest. ...

Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling

Apr. 15, 2024 04:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A civil lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling opened Monday with emotional testimony from plaintiffs who said they were constantly stopped and questioned without good reason. The case, filed in January by three residents of Japan with overseas ancestry,...

AI-generated models could bring more diversity to the fashion industry — or leave it with less

Apr. 14, 2024 22:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — London-based model Alexsandrah has a twin, but not in the way you’d expect: Her counterpart is made of pixels instead of flesh and blood. The virtual twin was generated by artificial intelligence and has already appeared as a stand-in for the real-life Alexsandrah...

Texas' diversity, equity and inclusion ban has led to more than 100 job cuts at state universities

Apr. 13, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A ban on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education has led to more than 100 job cuts across university campuses in Texas, a hit echoed or anticipated in numerous other states where lawmakers are rolling out similar policies during an important election...

Officer who fatally shot Kawaski Trawick 5 years ago won't be disciplined, police commissioner says

Apr. 12, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick inside his Bronx apartment five years ago will not face internal discipline, the city’s police commissioner, Edward Caban, announced Friday. In a statement, Caban said the...

Biden tells racial justice meeting, 'We've kept our promises,' as he looks to energize Black voters

Apr. 12, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden virtually addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference on Friday, telling a sympathetic crowd “we’ve kept our promises” as he ramps up efforts to energize Black voters who will be vital to his reelection bid this fall. ...

In death, 3 decades after his trial verdict, O.J. Simpson still reflects America's racial divides

Apr. 12, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

For many people old enough to remember O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, his 1995 exoneration was a defining moment in their understanding of race, policing and justice. Nearly three decades later, it still reflects the different realities of white and Black Americans. Some people...

Tennessee governor signs bill requiring local officers to aid US immigration authorities

Apr. 12, 2024 12:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to communicate with federal immigration authorities if they discover people are in the the country illegally, and would broadly mandate cooperation in the process of identifying,...