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Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

Jun. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired. The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that said "Hey Cops!...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

Rash of child killings angers, frustrates St. Louis leaders

Jun. 14, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The gunfire that has long haunted St. Louis streets has taken an even more disturbing turn, with a rash of shootings involving children that has left the city's police chief angered and frustrated by the lack of cooperation of witnesses. Four children died from gunfire over the past week...

Councilman faces call for resignation for Juneteenth message

Jun. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman's resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. The Leesburg Town Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 19-20 as Juneteenth and urging residents...

Ohio college says $44M award to business not 'final outcome'

Jun. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio college ordered to pay $44 million in damages to the owners of a market who said the school ruined their business by branding them as racists said Friday the jury awards are "not the final outcome." "We are disappointed in the jury's decisions and the fragmentary and sometimes...

Memphis police appeal for calm after marshals kill black man

Jun. 13, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police appealed for calm Thursday in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car. Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks...

Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

Jun. 13, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's supreme court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes in a ruling that comes amid fears the country's far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme...

Portland appoints city's first African American fire chief

Jun. 13, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland has appointed the city's first African American fire chief. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that Sara Boone was announced as the new head of the Portland Fire & Rescue department Thursday. Boone became the city's first African American woman firefighter in 1995...

Ex-Texans security coordinator alleges firing discrimination

Jun. 13, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The former security coordinator for the Houston Texans has filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging his firing by the team was racially motivated. Jeff Pope, who worked for the team for nearly three years, was dismissed last month. The...