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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking at a campaign stop at La Poste, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Perry, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Who can topple Trump? Dems' electability fight rages in Iowa

Jan. 26, 2020 9:38 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The urgent fight for the Democratic presidential nomination raged across Iowa on Sunday as the party's leading candidates scrambled to deliver closing arguments centered on the defining question of the 2020 primary: Who can beat President Donald Trump? Former Vice President Joe...

Cuomo heads to Poland for Auschwitz liberation anniversary

Jan. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will join leaders from around the world at a ceremony in Poland on Monday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops. The Democrat departed for Poland on Sunday following a press briefing where he was...

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks to campaign workers and supporters in Minneapolis, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, as he opens the first field office in Minnesota and meets with local community leaders and voters to share his vision for the country. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Bloomberg vows steadfast commitment to US aid for Israel

Jan. 26, 2020 5:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Bloomberg on Sunday made his case for the presidency to fellow Jewish Americans, vowing not to revisit U.S. aid to Israel -- an approach that contrasts Bloomberg with several of his Democratic rivals, including his only fellow Jewish candidate in the race, Bernie Sanders. ...

Prof arrested amid protest against white nationalism may sue

Jan. 26, 2020 4:42 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana University associate professor arrested last summer while protesting against a farmers’ market vendor alleged to have ties to a white supremacist group has taken a step toward filing a civil lawsuit against the city of Bloomington. Attorneys for Cara Caddoo...

Former judge, civil rights activist Nathaniel Jones dies

Jan. 26, 2020 2:08 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nathaniel Jones, a former federal judge who served for more than two decades on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as general counsel for the NAACP, has died. He was 93. Jones' death was confirmed by his daughter, Stephanie Jones and the Hamilton County...

France reports 27% increase in anti-Semitic acts

Jan. 26, 2020 2:06 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Anti-Semitic acts increased in France last year by 27%, acts against Muslims inched higher while anti-Christian acts remained stable but highest of all, France’s interior minister said Sunday, denouncing the situation as intolerable. On top of that, acts described as bearing a racist...

This undated booking photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Keith

Georgia inmate who came close to execution in 2017 dies

Jan. 26, 2020 1:40 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of...

Children's book teaches African American history in NC

Jan. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new book by the founding director of North Carolina African American Heritage Commission teaches children about the history of African Americans’ contributions to the state. The book titled “My N.C. from A to Z” was written by Michelle Lanier, who advocated for...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo, Kevin Muhammad, director of the Community Haven, walks around the former work release center in the Bushtown neighborhood in Chattanooga, Ten. Muhammad plans to convert the former jail into a community center. (Wyatt Massey/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Group plans to turn vacant jail into black community pillar

Jan. 26, 2020 11:49 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Half a century ago, the five-acre lot in Chattanooga's Bushtown neighborhood was a thriving black Catholic school. Two decades ago, the property was a work release center, a symbol of the mass incarceration that had torn apart the surrounding community. Today, Kevin Muhammad has a...

Black History Month panel to honor Ernest Gaines

Jan. 26, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Fans of the late Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines, who wrote such storied works as “A Lesson Before Dying" and “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," are gathering to remember his work as part of Black History Month celebrations. The Louisiana Center for the Book...