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Terminated professor settles with University of Mississippi

Jul. 29, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi has reached a settlement with an assistant professor who was terminated after publicly criticizing the school as racist while speaking out for criminal justice reform. Details of the settlement remained confidential,...

Report: Blacks, Hispanics prosecuted at higher rates

Jul. 29, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Black and Hispanic residents continue to make up a disproportionate number of people in Connecticut's justice system, which also is charging African Americans with felonies at higher rates, according to an analysis of state prosecution data released Thursday. ...

New Yorkers say they've been ignored in stop-and-frisk fight

Jul. 29, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight years after a judge ruled New York City police violated the constitution by stopping, questioning and frisking mostly Black and Hispanic people on the street en masse, people in communities most affected by such tactics say they've been shut out of the legal process to...

Noem bars S. Dakota from applying for federal history grants

Jul. 29, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday barred the state's Department of Education from applying for federal grants in history or civics over concerns about how certain teachings on systemic racism would be tied to the grants. The U.S....

Health director says he faced racism in COVID-19 mask debate

Jul. 29, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis health director said he was called racial slurs and physically assaulted after defending a new mask mandate to combat COVID-19. St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan said in response, he raised his middle finger at a...

Man pleads guilty to 4 Asian spa killings, sentenced to life

Jul. 28, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, at Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in four of the killings and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Robert Aaron Long, 22, still...

O'Rourke, protesters begin nearly 30-mile Texas voting march

Jul. 28, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — As Rebecca Flores set out on a nearly 30-mile voting rights march to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, she recalled another long distance: the drive her parents made from the outskirts of town in the 1950s to cast their ballot, after paying a $3 poll tax. ...

Biden woos working class with new 'buy American' efforts

Jul. 28, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

MACUNGIE, Pa. (AP) — President Joe Biden checked out the big rigs at a Pennsylvania truck factory on Wednesday and promised workers that his policies would reshape the U.S economy for the working class — a message clearly aimed at a group of voters who have drifted to Republicans. ...

Alaska lawyer out of job after social media post inquiry

Jul. 28, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An assistant attorney general in Alaska identified by a news outlet as the person behind a social media account that posted racist and antisemitic comments no longer works for the state Department of Law, an agency spokesperson said. Grace Lee told...

Family's suit alleges prosecutors' comments led to suicide

Jul. 28, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of a white Nebraska bar owner who killed himself after being charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man during 2020 protests over racial injustice is suing local prosecutors, alleging their comments led to his suicide. Jake Gardner's...