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FILE - In this June 20, 2020 file photo, gun-carrying men wearing Hawaiian print shirts associated with the boogaloo movement watch a demonstration near where President Trump had a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. People following the anti-government boogaloo movement, which promotes violence and a second U.S. civil war, have been showing up at protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the movement has also adopted an unlikely public and online symbol: Hawaiian print shirts.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Aloha shirts on 'boogaloos' link symbol of peace to violence

Jan. 23, 2021 11:26 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests across the nation armed and wearing tactical gear. But the anti-government “boogaloo” movement has adopted an unlikely public...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 23, 2021 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrives at the Pentagon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

Jan. 22, 2021 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in the ranks. Austin took office Friday as the first...

Consultants cite racism in North Carolina fire department

Jan. 22, 2021 4:00 PM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Racism exists inside a North Carolina fire department, but a consulting group looking into allegations of discrimination by Black firefighters says it heard no complaints that the chief himself is racist. The Charlotte-based WPR Consulting firm's 42-page report on the...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waits for Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to deliver the throne speech in the Senate chamber in Ottawa, Ontario, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada's governor general resigns after harassment report

Jan. 21, 2021 6:34 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s governor general resigned Thursday following an independent review of workplace harassment allegations. The governor general is the representative of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, and holds a mostly ceremonial and symbolic position. Julie Payette...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, is University of Montana cross country runner Juniper Eastwood, center, warming up with her teammates at Campbell Park in Missoula, Mont. Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Montana. The proposed ban is personal for people like Eastwood, a transgender woman and former member of the University of Montana's track and field and cross-country running teams. She said the legislation

Transgender youth bills in US states reflect deep divisions

Jan. 21, 2021 6:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Transgender kids would be banned from playing on school sports teams for the gender with which they identify under a GOP-backed bill that advanced Thursday in Montana, one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health...

FILE - The entrance to the Labor Department is seen near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2020.  Civil rights groups on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The Department of Labor had already suspended enforcement of the order after a California federal court granted a preliminary injunction against it in response to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal, an organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Biden revokes Trump order banning some diversity training

Jan. 21, 2021 5:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights groups on Thursday celebrated President Joe Biden’s swift revocation of a Trump administration order that had banned federal agencies, contractors and recipients of federal funding from conducting certain diversity training. The order had targeted workplace trainings...

St. Louis County police dispatcher accused of slur is out

Jan. 21, 2021 2:24 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police dispatcher is no longer with the department, less than two weeks after using a racial slur over a police radio, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday. The dispatcher, whose name has not been released, was recorded Jan. 9 saying an expletive and then...

A pedestrian uses a tunnel walkway at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

UNC task force develops plan to address racial equity

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

GREENSBORO, NC. (AP) — The 17 schools in North Carolina's university system have been given a blueprint for fighting discrimination and promoting racial equity on their campuses. The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force unveiled its 65-page final report Wednesday at the Board of Governors meeting, the News...

Workers begin to remove a display of flags on the National Mall one day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Biden revokes Trump report promoting 'patriotic education'

Jan. 21, 2021 11:54 AM EST

President Joe Biden revoked a recent Trump administration report that aimed to promote “patriotic education” in schools but that historians mocked and rejected as political propaganda. In an executive order signed on Wednesday in his first day in office, Biden disbanded Donald Trump’s...