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Texas' diversity, equity and inclusion ban has led to more than 100 job cuts at state universities

Apr. 13, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A ban on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in higher education has led to more than 100 job cuts across university campuses in Texas, a hit echoed or anticipated in numerous other states where lawmakers are rolling out similar policies during an important election...

Officer who fatally shot Kawaski Trawick 5 years ago won't be disciplined, police commissioner says

Apr. 12, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Kawaski Trawick inside his Bronx apartment five years ago will not face internal discipline, the city’s police commissioner, Edward Caban, announced Friday. In a statement, Caban said the...

Biden tells racial justice meeting, 'We've kept our promises,' as he looks to energize Black voters

Apr. 12, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden virtually addressed the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference on Friday, telling a sympathetic crowd “we’ve kept our promises” as he ramps up efforts to energize Black voters who will be vital to his reelection bid this fall. ...

In death, 3 decades after his trial verdict, O.J. Simpson still reflects America's racial divides

Apr. 12, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

For many people old enough to remember O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, his 1995 exoneration was a defining moment in their understanding of race, policing and justice. Nearly three decades later, it still reflects the different realities of white and Black Americans. Some people...

Tennessee governor signs bill requiring local officers to aid US immigration authorities

Apr. 12, 2024 12:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to communicate with federal immigration authorities if they discover people are in the the country illegally, and would broadly mandate cooperation in the process of identifying,...

USC remains silent on O.J. Simpson's death, underscoring complicated connections to football star

Apr. 12, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy still sits in Heritage Hall on the campus of the University of Southern California, at least when it isn't being displayed elsewhere along with the rest of the school's large collection. Simpson's jersey is still retired by...

The OJ Simpson saga was a unique American moment. 3 decades on, we're still wondering what it means

Apr. 11, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A dog’s plaintive wail. A courtroom couplet-turned-cultural catchphrase about gloves. A judge and attorneys who became media darlings and villains. A slightly bewildered houseguest elevated, briefly, into a slightly bewildered celebrity. Troubling questions about race that echo...

Biden will give a live virtual address at Sharpton's annual civil rights conference

Apr. 11, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to give a live virtual keynote address to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s racial justice conference in New York on Friday, organizers said. Biden, who is ramping up his Democratic reelection pitch to Black voters ahead of a rematch with...

6 former Mississippi law officers sentenced in state court for torture of 2 Black men

Apr. 10, 2024 15:31 PM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Already sentenced to many years in federal prison, six white former Mississippi law enforcement officers who pleaded guilty to a long list of state and federal charges for torturing two Black men were sentenced Wednesday in state court. The state sentences...

Already sentenced to years in federal prison, 6 ex-Mississippi lawmen sentenced in state court for torturing 2 Black men

Apr. 10, 2024 10:46 AM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Already sentenced to years in federal prison, 6 ex-Mississippi lawmen sentenced in state court for torturing 2 Black men.