Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay […]

African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman to be the face on $20 bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a slave owner, who is being pushed to the […]

3 officials charged in Flint water crisis; more predicted

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint water crisis has become a criminal case, with two state regulators and a city employee charged with official misconduct, evidence-tampering and other offenses over the lead contamination that alarmed the country and brought cries of racism. For nearly 18 months, the poor, majority-black city of 100,000 used the Flint […]

Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed. The vulnerabilities […]

For Black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride, inspiration

HAVANA (AP) — Yolanda Mauri’s ancestors almost certainly came to Cuba in chains, laboring as slaves on an island of French coffee plantations and fields of Spanish sugarcane. Her parents became their family’s first professionals, graduating with engineering degrees after Cuba’s 1959 revolution ended segregation. Mauri, 26, graduated from an elite technical university with a […]

SPLC notes uptick in hate, extremist groups in 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The number of hate groups and anti-government organizations in the United States jumped sharply in 2015 as political speech became more divisive, violent encounters between police and black men were increasingly publicized, and attacks in Paris and California spurred widespread fears of terrorism, a civil rights advocacy group said Wednesday. In […]

Should high school punishments go on college applications?

(AP) – They are basic yes-no questions that ask whether a college applicant ever got into trouble in high school. Yet they’re anything but simple, say some who want run-ins at school or with the law taken out of the college admissions equation. Advocates, school districts and even some colleges share concerns about youthful mistakes […]

Senate GOP to Obama: Don’t bother nominating to Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans united behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in insisting that President Barack Obama’s successor fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats looking to reclaim the Senate majority immediately accused them of putting politics ahead of their constitutional responsibility. Vulnerable GOP incumbents in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New […]

Analysis of racial polling shows whites more aware of racism

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More white Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling. The review, compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Northeastern University School of Journalism, concludes that a majority of […]

Gaps in Teacher Effectiveness Hurt Young, Minority Students

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank. Rachel Herzfeldt-Kamprath, a researcher at CAP and a co-author of the […]