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Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

In Minnesota, suburban mayor is thrust into policing debate

Apr. 14, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era, marking the first time one of Minnesota's most racially diverse places would be led by a person of color. Elliott, a Black man who had emigrated from Liberia as a child, was...

Kohl's names 3 new directors in deal with activist investors

Apr. 14, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kohl’s Corp. says it's adding three independent members to its board of directors as part of an agreement it struck with a key activist investor group that has been fighting to exert more control. The new independent directors nominated by the investor...

China-drafted electoral reform bill introduced in Hong Kong

Apr. 14, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill was introduced in the city’s legislature on Wednesday, setting in motion changes that will give Beijing greater control over the process while reducing the number of directly elected representatives. The bill is...

Texas students disciplined over 'slave trade' on Snapchat

Apr. 13, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

ALEDO, Texas (AP) — Students at a North Texas high school are being disciplined for their role in a mock slave auction they conducted on social media. A group of students at the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in the Fort Worth suburb of Aledo set up the so-called “slave...

Kansas City approves naming street for Martin Luther King

Apr. 13, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo (AP) — After years of debate and a divisive election, Kansas City will soon have a street route named for Martin Luther King Jr., removing its designation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a street named for the civil rights icon. The...

Final thoughts from Rep. John Lewis to be published in July

Apr. 13, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some last thoughts from Rep. John Lewis will be published this summer. Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that Lewis' “Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation” will come out July 13, almost a year after he died at age 80. The book...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Lawyer: Egypt releases activist after 18 months of detention

Apr. 13, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities Tuesday released an activist known for his outspoken criticism of the government after he spent more than a year and a half in pre-trial detention, his lawyer said. Khaled Dawoud, an opposition leader and former head of the liberal...

Activist who opposed mosque confirmed to textbook panel

Apr. 12, 2021 20:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An activist known for her fight against the establishment of a mosque in Tennessee a decade ago has drawn state lawmakers' approval to serve on a commission that recommends textbooks and instructional materials for K-12 schools, despite opponents saying she espoused...