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Biden faces competition for black vote in his SC ‘firewall’

By MEG KINNARD | February 9, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is facing increasingly formidable competition in South Carolina, a state his campaign has long assumed was safely in his column and one he's repeatedly described as a “firewall" in his bid for the Democratic presidential...

Key takeaways from Democratic debate in New Hampshire

By HUNTER WOODALL and NICHOLAS RICCARDI | February 8, 2020

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Three days before the critical New Hampshire Primary, seven Democratic presidential candidates debated, with many of them fighting to survive in the race to challenge President Donald Trump.Here are some key takeaways.MAYOR PETE...

ACLU criticizes conviction of black Minnesota teen

By ROBIN McDOWELL | February 7, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota called Friday for an investigation into the conviction of a black teenager who is serving life in prison, after The Associated Press uncovered serious flaws and inconsistencies in the...

In battleground Wisconsin, GOP opens front in Milwaukee

By SCOTT BAUER and IVAN MORENO | February 6, 2020

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Republican Party has opened its first-ever office in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, one of the clearest signs yet of the party's push to cut into Democrats' advantage among minority voters and the latest indication of...

Trump courts black voters, but opposition remains deep

By COREY WILLIAMS | February 6, 2020

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump took African American guests to his State of the Union speech, ran a Super Bowl ad boasting how he’s making the criminal justice system more equitable for black people and portrayed himself as the champion of...

Editorial Roundup: US

By The Associated Press | February 5, 2020

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:———Feb. 5The Miami Herald on Fred Guttenberg, father of a student killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, being removed from President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:House...

Text of President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address, as provided by the White House:Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow citizens:Three years ago, we...

Jury awards ex-One America News Network employee $290K

February 4, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An African-American man fired from his TV talk show producer job at One America News Network was not harassed on the basis of racial prejudice, but was fired in part because he lodged his complaint, a California jury found.The San Diego...

‘Othered’ in America: An old story, still playing out daily

By NOREEN NASIR and RUSSELL CONTRERAS | February 3, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Activist Hoda Katebi rarely takes a break from organizing. As tensions between the U.S. and Iran escalated in recent weeks, she became even busier.On a recent Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old Iranian American sat in her Chicago apartment...

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

By MELINDA DESLATTE | February 3, 2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die.Sixty-eight people sit on Louisiana’s...

Bloomberg backed by DC mayor, Biden endorsed by Richmond’s

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden on Thursday announced endorsements from prominent African American mayors as next week's leadoff Iowa caucuses near.Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., is...

White supremacist appeals death penalty in church massacre

By DENISE LAVOIE | January 28, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — White supremacist Dylann Roof on Tuesday appealed his federal convictions and death sentence in the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, arguing that he was mentally ill when he represented himself at his...