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New York City aims to stop hairstyle discrimination

Feb. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City doesn't want people to have their hairstyles held against them, and it unveiled novel guidelines Monday against hairdo discrimination. The new legal guidance says the city's existing human rights law protects New Yorkers' right to "maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are...

'Black Panther' costume designer blazes trail to inspire

Feb. 17, 2019 10:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. But through her upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in the superhero film "Black Panther," Carter believes she...

Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 11:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been...

The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 10:29 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Chicago police say they have released two Nigerian brothers who had been arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, saying that detectives have additional...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Feb. 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he's creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday...

Judge dismisses suit filed by acquitted St. Louis officer

Feb. 15, 2019 4:42 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a white former St. Louis police officer whose acquittal in the death of a black suspect set off weeks of protests. The former officer, Jason Stockley, accused investigators of intentionally disregarding and lying about evidence when he...

Chicago police spokesman: 2 suspects arrested in reported hate crime against black actor Jussie Smollett are also black

Feb. 15, 2019 3:01 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police spokesman: 2 suspects arrested in reported hate crime against black actor Jussie Smollett are also black.

'Small Island' author Andrea Levy dies of cancer aged 62

Feb. 15, 2019 9:01 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican immigrants in Britain, has died. She was 62, and had suffered from cancer. One of the first black British authors to achieve both critical and commercial...

Wife of imprisoned Chicago officer fears he's in danger

Feb. 14, 2019 4:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The wife of a Chicago police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald demanded on Thursday to know why her husband was transferred from an Illinois state prison where he was kept from harm to a federal prison in Connecticut where he was assaulted and where...

The Latest: Attorney: Van Dyke's injuries not serious

Feb. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on an attack in prison of Chicago officer convicted of killing black teen Laquan McDonald (all times local): 3:50 p.m. An attorney for the white Chicago police officer convicted in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says the officer told her that another inmate...