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FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Harris prepares for central role in Biden's White House

Jan. 18, 2021 5:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the...

FILE - NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Tony Stewart poses for pictures prior to the induction ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., in this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, file photo. Tony Stewart wants to set the record straight about two misconstrued recent business decisions. Fans have been critical of Stewart since the Truck Series was dropped from Eldora Speedway and because he didn't sign Kyle Larson to his NASCAR team. Stewart is adamant that he tried to sign Larson but couldn't get partner approval on the driver suspended for using a racial slur. And he insists he dropped NASCAR after he felt slighted that Bristol Motor Speedway was given a Cup race on dirt. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

Column: Stewart balances personal bliss, professional angst

Jan. 18, 2021 3:48 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart is angry — what else is new? — and wants the record set straight regarding recent business decisions. He also is in love — wait, who? Smoke? — and five months away from his 50th birthday finds himself happier in his personal life than ever...

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris campaigns for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Inaugural event to celebrate resiliency of Black Americans

Jan. 18, 2021 1:52 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The resiliency, culture and heroism of Black Americans and the African diaspora will be the central theme of a virtual event Tuesday that will celebrate the nation’s diversity on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is slated...

FILE In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks as a Confederate-themed and other flags flutter in the wind during a rally in Washington. War-like imagery has begun to take hold in mainstream Republican political circles in the wake of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting calls to tone down their rhetoric contemplating a second civil war. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Correction: Capitol Breach-Civil War story

Jan. 18, 2021 11:31 AM EST
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In a story January 16, 2021, about Republican leaders invoking war rhetoric, The Associated Press incorrectly referred to an incoming chairwoman of the Michigan GOP. Instead, she is the incoming party co-chair. A corrected version of the story is below.
This combo of file photos from Washington show Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall  on Oct. 24, 1967; and Constance Baker Motley, nominated to be judge of the southern district of New York, at her confirmation hearing, on April 4, 1966. The NAACP's Legal Defense Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to create a new generation of civil rights lawyers. The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for the legal defense fund's founder and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and his staff attorney Constance Baker Motley, who later became the first Black female federal judge. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, left, and Henry Griffin)

Anonymous $40 million gift funding 50 civil rights lawyers

Jan. 18, 2021 10:25 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South. With that whopping gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50...

FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, settlers jump on a trampoline as an Israeli solider stands guard in the Israeli controlled part of the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel's premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single

Israel moves to rein in rights group over 'apartheid' use

Jan. 18, 2021 8:13 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's education minister says he is banning groups that call Israel an “apartheid state” from lecturing at schools — a move that targets one of the country's leading human rights groups after it began describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2008, file photo Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, D-Del., left, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, wave during a rally at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Biden's long political evolution leads to his biggest test

Jan. 17, 2021 5:47 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has navigated a half-century in American politics by relentlessly positioning himself at the core of the Democratic Party. Wherever that power center shifted, there Biden has been, whether as the young senator who opposed court-ordered busing in school...

Seattle officer fired after investigation into racist remark

Jan. 17, 2021 4:37 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s interim police chief has fired an officer for making a racist remark about a Black man last year, following an internal review into the incident. The review came after three officers reported their colleague’s comments, The Seattle Times reported Sunday based on...

This combination of images shows voters across the U.S. The Associated Press talked with Americans of all political stripes and asked them to assess this astonishing moment in their country’s history. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Portraits of US voters, assessing this moment in history

Jan. 17, 2021 10:01 AM EST

After more than 1,400 days of Donald Trump’s presidency -- after two bitter elections, two impeachments, more than 26,000 presidential tweets and four years of near-constant upheaval -- it is left to American voters to tally it all up. Where they are. How they got here. Regrets and rage, trepidation and...

FILE - In this Jan 11, 2020 file photo, Selena Gomez attends the premiere of

AP Exclusive: Selena Gomez: Big Tech 'cashing in from evil’

Jan. 16, 2021 6:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hours after an angry mob of Trump supporters took control of the U.S. Capitol in a violent insurrection, Selena Gomez laid much of the blame at the feet of Big Tech. “Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring...