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How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

Jul. 19, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before. "This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told...

Locksley excited to lead Terps football past tumultuous 2018

Jul. 19, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — When Mike Locksley was hired in December as Maryland's head football coach — the first black head coach in program history — he knew the timing was perfect. Locksley, a Washington D.C. native, was Maryland's offensive coordinator and then interim coach for the latter half of...

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

Jul. 19, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jul. 18, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014. He was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet the white officer fired at the black 17-year-old. Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke in...

Trump says he wanted to but won't address NAACP convention

Jul. 18, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't address the NAACP convention because of changes in the date and format of an appearance. Trump says Thursday that "I very much wanted to go" speak to the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization as members gather next week in Detroit. He...

Edith Jones, who integrated southern medical schools, dies

Jul. 18, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dr. Edith Irby Jones, the first black student to enroll at an all-white medical school in the South and later the first female president of the National Medical Association, has died. She was 91. Jones' daughter Myra Jones Romain said mother died Monday in Houston of natural...

Trump blasts 4 congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 18, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out....

Man gets prison for threats made to Harvard black event

Jul. 18, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An Arizona man authorities say threatened to bomb Harvard University and shoot people who attended black commencement has been sentenced to more than a year in prison. A federal judge in Boston sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Zuckerman on Wednesday to a year and three months behind bars and...

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

Jul. 18, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah "Pumpsie" Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85. The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland; no cause of death was...

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Jul. 17, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists." Trump's aggressive condemnation of women of color...