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Haley: Killer 'hijacked' Confederate flag meaning for some

Dec. 7, 2019 4:23 AM EST

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said in an interview that a man who gunned down nine worshipers at an African American church in 2015 “hijacked” the ideals many connected to the Confederate battle flag. Haley told conservative political commentator and Blaze TV host Glenn Beck that the flag...

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

Court: Landlords can be liable for racially harassed tenants

Dec. 6, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Landlords can be held liable in limited circumstances under federal law when a tenant racially harasses another tenant, a federal appeals court said Friday. In the 2-to-1 split decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said landlords can be liable if it is proved they refused to...

Judge dismisses charges against 3 officers in stun gun death

Dec. 6, 2019 3:26 PM EST

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor said he is appealing a judge's decision that three white former sheriff's deputies can't be tried on murder charges in the death of a black man who was repeatedly shot with a stun gun. District Attorney Hayward Altman of Georgia's Middle Judicial Circuit told...

Roof collapses at historic church in black Florida community

Dec. 6, 2019 1:15 PM EST

ORLANDO (AP) — The roof has collapsed on a 94-year-old Florida church that was only recently granted historic landmark status, further endangering efforts to preserve the surrounding black community. No one was injured when the roof of the Black Bottom House of Prayer in Parramore crumbled in on itself...

Belafonte recalls Horne’s activism as Solange is honored

Dec. 6, 2019 12:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Horne was a fierce advocate for civil rights in her later years, but that part of her legacy is often pushed behind her glamorous image. Her good friend Harry Belafonte hopes that a new award in her honor will push that aspect of her life front and center. “She had a huge...

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Dec. 6, 2019 11:26 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence,...

UNC students march, protest Confederate statue settlement

Dec. 6, 2019 8:21 AM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Protesters at the Un iversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill marched to an administration building to criticize a legal settlement that will turn a toppled Confederate statue over to a group of Confederate descendants. A judge approved the settlement last week in response to a...

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Dec. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence,...

Buttigieg backs black leaders after Indiana event disrupted

Dec. 5, 2019 7:18 PM EST

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is applauding African American leaders in his home city for “speaking their truth” after a protester disrupted an event held to demonstrate black support for the mayor in South Bend, Indiana. African American leaders held...