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Sharpton says film debuts at 'critical point' in US politics

Dec. 07, 2022 11:36 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester. He embraces at least one of the intended insults, a name often hurled by his critics on the right and the left: “Loudmouth.”...

South Africa paroles convicted killer of anti-apartheid icon

Dec. 07, 2022 08:51 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The convicted killer of South African anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani has been released from prison in the capital Pretoria after serving more than 28 years for the 1993 murder. Janusz Walus, 69, has been placed on parole effective Wednesday after he was...

Trump's Constitution remarks put McConnell, GOP on defense

Dec. 06, 2022 21:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell delivered another rebuke of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that anyone who thinks the Constitution can be suspended would have a “very hard time” becoming president in the United States. The comment...

Garland: Justice Dept.'s civil rights work is key priority

Dec. 06, 2022 19:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early work of the Justice Department’s civil rights division meant confronting white supremacists who were intimidating Black voters, and 65 years later, its work is just as urgent amid a surge of hate crimes in the U.S., Attorney General Merrick Garland said Tuesday. ...

Two Kansas high schools investigate offensive chants at game

Dec. 06, 2022 17:39 PM EST

Two Kansas high schools are investigating after students at one school reportedly yelled racist and offensive taunts at the other school's basketball team. Topeka High School's team was subjected to “racial slurs, threats and disgusting taunts,” during a game on Saturday with...

Outgoing elections head in key Nevada county details threats

Dec. 06, 2022 17:08 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Heading into this year’s midterms, the elections director in the largest county in one of the nation’s most important battleground states had a lot on his mind. A new Nevada law required every voter to get a mailed ballot, new processes were in effect for...

Iowa school district agrees to deal with racial harassment

Dec. 06, 2022 15:06 PM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa school district failed to protect a Black student from pervasive racial harassment and now must take steps to help the student and ensure it responds appropriately to any future racist actions, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The...

Jackson County to pay $5.3 million for age discrimination

Dec. 06, 2022 13:23 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County will pay $5.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a former sheriff's deputy who said he was fired because of his age and health conditions. The county legislature voted Monday to pay the money to Doug Caster, who was fired in December 2015...

Vandalism at Missouri elementary school includes a swastika

Dec. 06, 2022 12:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Missouri, are investigating after a swastika was sprayed on an elementary school during a vandalism spree. The vandalism at York Elementary School, which is under construction, was found on Saturday morning, police spokeswoman Cris...

Farmers of color sue government for promised federal aid

Dec. 06, 2022 11:22 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has illegally broken a promise to pay off the debts of a group of Black farmers, according to a class-action lawsuit. The group hopes to put pressure on officials to keep their word and to restore funding that was dropped after a group of white...