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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump leaves after a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It's been a week packed with rhetoric from President Donald Trump. This, as his Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, played out. An AP Fact Check put his statements under scrutiny and found distortions on a range of topics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fusillade of misfires on fateful week

Jan. 25, 2020 3:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abroad, at home and in Twitter's ether, President Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of statements over the past week as the Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the Davos economic forum played out in Switzerland. On impeachment, the state of the country, abortion, pollution and more,...

Marker will honor civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer

Jan. 25, 2020 11:13 AM EST

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — A historical marker in Mississippi will commemorate the legacy of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Research for the project was led by a Mississippi Valley State University student and a professor who taught him, the Greenwood Commonwealth reported. C. Sade Turnipseed is an...

Joseph Soares, chairman of the department of sociology at Wake Forest University, sits in his office on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Soares is disappointed that university leaders have yet to give a meaningful response after a series of anonymous and threatening emails were sent to his department last September. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

Racist threats rattle students, faculty at university

Jan. 25, 2020 10:21 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Three months after a set of anonymous, threatening, racist, antisemitic and homophobic emails sent a wave of fear through the sociology department at Wake Forest University, the department chairman says he's still waiting for university leaders to announce a meaningful response....

In this Sept. 29, 1964 photo, Rev. Martin Luther King, foreground, speaks with the media speaks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference convention in Savannah, Ga. Ralph D. Abernathy, center, and Andrew Young, top, listen. Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson discovered the image along with 13 other negatives submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, showing documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. (Savannah Morning News via AP)

Archived photos rekindle need to keep MLK's legacy alive

Jan. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — As Savannah Morning News photo chief Steve Bisson worked through a half-century-old box of negatives to catalog and scan, he made a discovery. Submerged within the newspaper’s old photo files, 14 negatives provided documentation of two Savannah appearances by the Rev. Martin...

Subcommittee advances bill banning LGBTQ discrimination

Jan. 24, 2020 7:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A General Assembly subcommittee advanced a bill Thursday that would prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, public accommodations, employment and credit applications. Lawmakers suggested expanding the focus of a bill introduced by Del....

N Carolina attorneys file appeal plans of voter ID ruling

Jan. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general filed formal notice Friday that his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that has blocked the latest legislative bid to carry out a voter photo identification law. Lawyers serving under Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein filed the paperwork...

Student: Response to professor who called police not enough

Jan. 24, 2020 6:29 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A black student in Indiana is disappointed Ball State University is not acknowledging that a marketing professor discriminated against him when he called the police on him for refusing to change seats in class. Ball State is implementing a corrective plan after professor Shaheen Borna...

Store owner says she'll stop selling Nazi, racist items

Jan. 24, 2020 6:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A store owner in New Orleans' French Quarter has told a newspaper she will stop selling items such as a Nazi flag and Jim Crow-era items with racist caricatures of black people. The leader of a group that combats antisemitism and racism had called for their removal. “It is deeply...

Sheriff's office names 1st woman deputy chief in 200 years

Jan. 24, 2020 4:26 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A black Alabama woman in law enforcement continues to make history. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Felicia Rucker-Summerlin was named deputy chief, the first woman in that position in the agency's 200-year history, news outlets reported....

University of Montana responding to criticism of MLK post

Jan. 24, 2020 12:04 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is working to learn from criticism after four white students won an essay contest about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the school said. A majority of the 1,000 comments posted on social media were critical of selecting only white students, The...