Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language. While some left the gathering at Trump’s skyscraper in midtown […]

High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin

BALTIMORE (AP) — In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward. Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the […]

Trump says Black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of Black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting […]

As many African-American see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands” memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him. To King-Baker, Carson’s […]

Warriors make NBA history as first team to start season 16-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Interim coach Luke Walton believes the time will come when the Golden State Warriors finally lose a game. “I doubt it, I highly doubt it,” joked NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The defending champions set the record for best start in league history at 16-0, as Curry had 24 points and nine […]

Group raised suspicions before 5 were shot at police protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters demanding justice for a Black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t seem right. Lingering in the crowd were four people who seemed out of place. They were asked to leave. Moments later, shots rang out about a block […]

Experts: Black studies programs facing campus challenges

DETROIT (AP) — Protests by University of Missouri Black students that forced the school’s administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs. But those programs and some ethnic studies departments across the country are struggling with funding, low-staffing and […]

Home values point to a sharp wealth divide within US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from “Cheers” — to live as neighbors. That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly […]

Nashville program teaches law enforcement about civil rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On the same downtown block where Nashville police officers carried a young John Lewis by his hands and feet to a paddy wagon for daring to take a seat at a whites-only lunch counter decades ago, today’s fresh-faced police recruits are learning lessons about the fraught history between law enforcement and […]

Cousins has 36 to lead Kings past Raptors, 107-101

SACRAMENTO (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins stared at the stat sheet Sunday in the Kings’ locker room, perusing another night’s work where his offensive output was fabulous. Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Kings win their third straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-101. […]