Officer charged in shooting that was streamed on Facebook

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Philando Castile was pulled over in July, he calmly told the officer he had a gun and was licensed to carry it, according to prosecutors. Moments later, the officer fired on the motorist, and a bleeding Castile uttered his last words: “I wasn’t reaching for it.” On Wednesday, that […]

NCAA: Graduation rates up for black men’s basketball players

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The NCAA announced Tuesday that 77 percent of black men’s Division I basketball players who entered college in 2009 earned a degree within six years, up five points from a year earlier and a record high. That improvement helped the overall Graduation Success Rate match last year’s record of 86 […]

‘Not my president:’ Trump denounced in protests across US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, campaign divisions appeared to widen as many thousands of demonstrators — some with signs with messages declaring “NOT MY PRESIDENT” — flooded streets across the country to protest his surprise triumph. From New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along […]

Janet Reno, former US attorney general, has died

MIAMI (AP) — Shy and admittedly awkward, Janet Reno became a blunt spoken prosecutor and the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general, yet she also was the epicenter of a relentless series of political storms, from the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, to the seizure of 5-year-old Cuban […]

50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party’s founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group’s short life, it launched an ambitious […]

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]

DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is Black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country’s future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. This year’s presidential campaign […]

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. The American sprinters who were sent home from the […]

15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

NEW YORK (AP) — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together. After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless […]