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Selma courthouse annex named for civil rights pioneers

Sep. 18, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The courthouse annex in Alabama's Dallas County now bears the name of two prominent African-American attorneys and civil rights figures from the community — J.L. Chestnut and Bruce Boynton. News outlets report that a dedication ceremony was held...

Emory Law gets $5M grant for civil rights center

Sep. 18, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University has received a $5 million grant to establish a new center at the law school focused on advancing civil rights and social justice. The money is coming from a charitable foundation funded by Southern Company Gas, the university said...

The Latest: Pakistani PM to prod Taliban on inclusive govt

Sep. 18, 2021 08:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister says he has “initiated a dialogue" with the Taliban to prod them to form an inclusive government that would ensure peace and stability not only in Afghanistan but also in the region. Imran Khan tweeted on Saturday that he took...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

Utah's newest license plate honors Martin Luther King's work

Sep. 18, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — If you find yourself stuck in traffic and staring at the license plate attached to the vehicle ahead of you in the future, Gov. Spencer Cox said he hopes you’re staring directly at Utah’s newest plate option. The plate features an outline of...

Taliban replace ministry for women with one restricting them

Sep. 18, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice" in the building that once housed the Women's Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staffers Saturday as part of the forced move. ...

California court overturns murder convictions, cites racism

Sep. 18, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday overturned the convictions of three Black men over a double slaying, saying prosecutors dismissed a Black woman from the jury pool for racial reasons. The prosecutor in the Contra Costa County case...

Family sues over police death of Manuel Ellis in Tacoma

Sep. 17, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died while being restrained by Tacoma police officers who have since been charged criminally, has filed a federal lawsuit over his death. Attorneys for Ellis’ sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, and mother, Marcia...

Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

Sep. 17, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at...

Early voting begins on Minneapolis policing ballot question

Sep. 17, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Early voting got underway in Minneapolis on Friday on a contentious ballot question over whether the city where George Floyd was killed should replace its police department with a new Department of Public Safety. Supporters of the proposed city...