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Lawsuit less than a week after Honolulu police shooting

Apr. 22, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of an unarmed Black man shot and killed by Honolulu police filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday alleging officers were motivated by racial discrimination. Lindani Myeni, 29, walked into a Honolulu home, sat down and took off his shoes last...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...

Idaho House passes 'nondiscrimination' education bill

Apr. 22, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Thursday approved legislation aimed at preventing public and charter schools and universities from teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law. ...

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

Apr. 22, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber...

Sharpton decries 'stench of racism' in Daunte Wright's death

Apr. 22, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by an officer during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was not “just some kid with an air freshener,” but a “prince” whose life ended too soon at the hands of police, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday during an...

Virginia man pleads guilty in connection with cross-burning

Apr. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal offense in connection with the burning of a cross last summer on the front lawn of a Black teenager who had recently organized a civil rights protest. James Brown, 41, of Marion will...

Oscar slate holds 'firsts' for Asian actors, filmmakers

Apr. 22, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

It may be hard to believe that there are still many “firsts” left to check off after 93 years of the Academy Awards, and yet this year there were a handful for Asian actors and filmmakers. Steven Yeun ("Minari") became the first Asian American...

Latest: Klobuchar seeks 'true justice' for Black Americans

Apr. 22, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a suburban Minneapolis police officer during a traffic stop April 11 (all times local): 3:02 p.m. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is calling...

Longhorn Band will be required to play 'The Eyes of Texas'

Apr. 22, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has announced that its traditional marching and pep bands will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” when they return to performing, but a new band will also be created that won't play the school song with racist elements in its past. ...

Vermont tourism industry down an estimated $700 million

Apr. 22, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont's tourism industry is estimated to be down about $700 million to date, according to the state Department of Tourism. Losses to the ski industry make up about a seventh of that loss in...