SCOTUS: Prosecutors excluded Blacks from Jury; overturns all-white jury verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man’s death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van. A judge also found Officer Edward […]

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of Black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, […]

Poll: Millennials more open to idea of slavery reparations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vast majority of white Americans say there should not be reparations for African-American descendants of slaves, but more than half of Blacks say it’s a good idea and Hispanics are almost evenly split, according to a new poll. Time may bring about a shift in those numbers: More than half of […]

West Point launches inquiry into cadets’ fists-raised photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 Black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised, an image that has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity. West Point is looking into whether the photo broke any rules, Spokesman Lt. […]

Federal judge upholds North Carolina photo ID mandate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Lawsuits challenging changes to North Carolina’s election law failed to show it hampered the ability of minority voters to exercise political power, a federal judge ruled Monday in dismissing the cases. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP chapter and named voters. They sued […]

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 […]