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AP sources: Ex-Gov. Patrick says he’ll make presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has told allies he will join the 2020 presidential race, according to two people familiar with his plans. An official announcement is expected before Friday, the filing deadline for the New Hampshire primary. Patrick’s move injects a new...

Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after vote

Nov. 13, 2019 7:59 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Forced to flee their country a decade ago to escape allegedly state-sponsored killer squads, Sri Lankan journalists living in exile doubt they’ll be able to return home soon or see justice served to their tormentors — whose alleged ringleader could come to power in...

UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

Nov. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding...

Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Nov. 13, 2019 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the...

Officer: I quit Proud Boys over fears of ‘far-left’ attacks

Nov. 13, 2019 5:31 PM EST

A Connecticut police officer who belonged to a far-right group accused a civil rights activist who had complained to his department of trying to “silence conservative voices,” according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. In his letter, addressed to East Hampton’s police chief,...

Buttigieg pledges $50B for HBCUs, as Maryland students rally

Nov. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied Wednesday for resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs, prompting a presidential candidate to pledge to create a fund to increase HBCU spending by $50 billion...

Grand Rapids to pay $190K to Latino US citizen held by ICE

Nov. 13, 2019 4:57 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids will pay a $190,000 settlement to a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials. The City Commission unanimously approved the payment to Jilmar Ramos-Gomez on Tuesday to resolve a Michigan Department of Civil Rights...

College student seeks to have racist slur charge erased

Nov. 13, 2019 4:09 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student accused of saying a racist slur outside a campus apartment complex applied Wednesday for a probation program that could result in the charge being erased. Jarred Karal, of Plainville, applied for accelerated rehabilitation in Rockville Superior...

Study: MLS improves racial hiring, slides in gender hiring

Nov. 13, 2019 3:46 PM EST

A diversity report shows improved racial hiring practices for Major League Soccer but also highlighted a continuing decline in gender hiring efforts. The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida on Wednesday gave MLS an A with 93.9 points for racial hiring...

Justices could return cable TV race bias suit to lower court

Nov. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of an African-American media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast for racial discrimination. The justices appeared to be in broad agreement Wednesday that an appeals court applied the wrong legal...