Why do Kosovo-Serbia tensions persist?May 30, 2023 GMT
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo flared anew this week after Kosovo’s police raided Serb-dominated areas in the region’s north and seized local municipality buildings.
Rights group says Uyghur student it reported to be missing in Hong Kong did not travel to cityMay 30, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Amnesty International acknowledged Tuesday that a Uyghur student who it had said was missing in Hong Kong after being interrogated did not travel to the city, easing concerns over his safety but raising questions over how the allegations first emerged.
Teenager walks at brain injury event weeks after getting shot in head for knocking on wrong doorMay 30, 2023 GMT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ralph Yarl — a Black teenager who was shot in the head and arm after mistakenly ringing the wrong doorbell — walked at a brain injury awareness event in his first major public appearance since the shooting.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A historic impeachment trial in Texas to determine whether Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton should be permanently removed from office will begin no later than August in the state Senate, where the jury that would determine his future could include his wife, Sen.
What California’s Ravidassia community believes and why they want caste bias outlawedMay 29, 2023 GMT
In California, members of an under-the-radar, minority religious community are stepping into the public eye to advocate for making the state the first in the nation to outlaw caste bias.
They are the Ravidassia — followers of Ravidass, a 14th century Indian guru who preached caste and class equality.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Evangelisto Ramos walked out of a New Orleans courthouse and away from a life sentence accompanying a 10-2 jury conviction, thanks in large part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision bearing his name.
Pay per wave: Native Hawaiians divided over artificial surf lagoon in the birthplace of surfingMay 29, 2023 GMT
EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — Brian Keaulana is the quintessential Native Hawaiian waterman, well-known in Hawaii and beyond for his deep understanding of the ocean, gifted with surfing and lifeguarding skills passed down from his big-wave rider father.
Migrants with children stuck at Poland’s border wall; activists say Belarus won’t let them turn backMay 29, 2023 GMT
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A group of some 30 migrants seeking asylum, including small children, has been stuck at Poland's border wall with Belarus for three days, Polish human rights activists said Sunday.
Diverse Republican presidential primary field sees an opening in 2024 with voters of colorMay 28, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — During Donald Trump's first visit as president to Chicago, a frequent target in his attacks on urban violence, he disparaged the nation's third largest city as a haven for criminals and a national embarrassment.
New Black Lives Matter tax documents show foundation is tightening its belt, has $30M in assetsMay 26, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — A national Black Lives Matter nonprofit, whose philanthropic fortunes grew almost overnight during historic racial justice protests three years ago, raised just over $9 million in its last fiscal year, new IRS tax filings show.
US has treaty duty to fund policing on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, judge rulesMay 26, 2023 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government has a treaty obligation to support law enforcement on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, but declined for now to determine whether the Oglala Sioux Tribe is entitled to as much funding as it's seeking.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Joe Lombardo on Thursday signed a bill permitting Nevada students to wear religious and cultural regalia for graduation ceremonies.
Students are entitled to express themselves at graduation through any unique cultural and religious identity, Lombardo said.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — One of Rwanda's most wanted suspects for the country's 1994 genocide appeared in a South African courtroom Friday, clutching a Bible and another book inscribed with “Jesus First” on the cover.
Body-cam footage shows indicted ex-police officers laughing at man who died in their custodyMay 26, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three former police officers who were indicted by a Mississippi grand jury joked around about a Black man who died in their custody, with one of them questioning whether to call an ambulance for the man immediately, body-camera footage shows.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday overrode Gov. Kevin Stitt’s veto of a bill that would allow students to wear Native American regalia during high school and college graduations.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina state House Republicans have lost their caucus leadership positions following recent comments directed at Democratic colleagues questioning their educational attainment and religion.
Strangers pay tribute at burial for Jamaican WWII vet who volunteered in Britain’s hour of needMay 25, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — When Peter Brown died alone in London without any known family, neighbors made sure that the humble 96-year-old Jamaican man who had volunteered as a teen to fight for Britain in World War II was not forgotten.
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of five more Native American children who died at a notorious government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania over a century ago will be disinterred from a small Army cemetery and returned to descendants, authorities said Thursday.
America aged rapidly in the last decade as baby boomers grew older and births droppedMay 25, 2023 GMT
The United States grew older, faster, last decade.
The share of residents 65 or older grew by more than a third from 2010 to 2020 and at the fastest rate of any decade in 130 years, while the share of children declined, according to new figures from the most recent census.
Top prosecutor in trial of officer who killed George Floyd writes book recounting caseMay 25, 2023 GMT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors were so worried a judge would move the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin out of the city where he killed George Floyd that they conducted a mock trial in a deep red rural county to test their strategy, Attorney General Keith Ellison reveals in a new book.
Italy, France move to heal diplomatic spat over migration with French foreign minister’s visitMay 25, 2023 GMT
ROME (AP) — Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani met Thursday in Rome with his French counterpart just weeks after canceling a visit to Paris in protest of a French minister's criticism of Italy’s migration policy.
3 ex-officers indicted in death of Black man seen on video being shocked with stun gunsMay 25, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Mississippi. (AP) — A Mississippi grand jury has indicted two former police officers on murder charges and another ex-officer on a manslaughter charge in the death of a Black man seen on video being pinned down and repeatedly shocked with stun guns during a New Year's eve arrest.
$3.1M settlement reached in fatal police shooting of Black man in Tacoma, WashingtonMay 24, 2023 GMT
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the city of Tacoma, Washington, will pay $3.1 million to the family of a Black man who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in 2019.
The City Council announced Tuesday's settlement with the relatives of 24-year-old Bennie Branch in a news release.
Minnesota governor signs ‘One Minnesota Budget’ as Democrats celebrate their top goals becoming lawMay 24, 2023 GMT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As hundreds of people cheered on the lawn around him, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a document to symbolize the passage of his $72 billion “One Minnesota Budget” at a celebratory ceremony on the front steps of the State Capitol Wednesday morning.
After months of anticipation, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis formally entered the Republican presidential primary contest on Wednesday.
Artist Jasmine Cho makes exquisite portraits that champion famous and forgotten Asian Americans. Her canvas?
“Cookies, I’ve always said, are the perfect platform for education, activism and healing because they are one of the most disarming, inviting and surprising mediums,” said Cho, who is also a baker.
What’s on DeSantis’ agenda? A look at the laws he passed as Florida governor, from abortion to gunsMay 24, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — From the death penalty to gender identity to abortion, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has cemented himself as a conservative standard-bearer in the lead-up to his 2024 presidential announcement.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amid the balloons, cake and games at his best friend’s birthday party on a farm, 5-year-old Carter Manson clutched his small chest.
“He just kept saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’’’ his mother, Catherine, recalled tearfully.
MADRID (AP) — Repeated racist insults against Brazilian soccer star Vinícius Júnior have unleashed a heated debate in Spain about tolerance for racism in a society that is becoming rapidly more diverse on and off the field.
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Three months after entering end-of-life care at home, former President Jimmy Carter remains in good spirits as he visits with family, follows public discussion of his legacy and receives updates on The Carter Center's humanitarian work around the world, his grandson says.
What will Minnesota lawmakers do for an encore in 2024 after momentous 2023 legislative session?May 23, 2023 GMT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature isn't scheduled to reconvene until Feb. 12 but with the curtain barely down on the momentous 2023 session there's already discussion about what lawmakers might do for an encore.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest LGBTQ+ rights organization in the U.S. joined other civil rights organizations Tuesday in issuing a travel advisory for Florida, warning that newly passed laws and policies may pose risks to minorities, immigrants and gay travelers.
A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a new admissions policy at an elite public high school in Virginia that critics say discriminates against highly qualified Asian Americans.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has signed legislation giving Native American families preference in fostering and adopting Native children involved with child protective services, a proactive move to protect such rights as the U.S.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A white lawyer who spat on a Black high school student during an anti-racism march in suburban Milwaukee in 2020 has chosen jail over probation.
Walter Royal, North Carolina chef who won on ‘Iron Chef America’ cooking with ostrich, dies at 67May 23, 2023 GMT
Walter Royal, the chef of a destination steakhouse in North Carolina who triumphed as a challenger on “Iron Chef America” by cooking mostly Southern dishes with ostrich meat, has died.
The Angus Barn in Raleigh, where Royal served as executive chef since the 1990s, announced his passing on its website.
Parents of Native American basketball players file federal complaint over racist taunts at gameMay 23, 2023 GMT
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The parents of two Native American players on a North Dakota high school basketball team are seeking a federal investigation into racist taunts their sons endured during a game in January.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Constance Guthrie is not yet dead, but her daughter has begun to plan her funeral.
It will be, Jessica Guthrie says, in a Black-owned funeral home, with the songs of her ancestors.
The Associated Press spent a year examining how racial health disparities have harmed generations of Black Americans.
From birth to death, Black Americans fare worse in measures of health compared to their white counterparts.
High blood pressure plagues many Black Americans. Combined with COVID, it’s catastrophicMay 23, 2023 GMT
DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Charles Thomas was unwell but he had no time for rest.
He was on the cusp of a management promotion and a move to Florida to begin a new chapter that would alter his family’s financial future and break the cycle of generational poverty.
Why do so many Black women die in pregnancy? One reason: Doctors don’t take them seriouslyMay 23, 2023 GMT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Angelica Lyons knew it was dangerous for Black women to give birth in America.
As a public health instructor, she taught college students about racial health disparities, including the fact that Black women in the U.S.
From birth to death, legacy of racism lays foundation for Black Americans’ health disparitiesMay 23, 2023 GMT
A’s broadcaster Glen Kuiper let go after racial slur on airMay 23, 2023 GMT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics broadcaster Glen Kuiper was let go by NBC Sports California after using a racial slur during a telecast while describing a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The health inequities for Black Americans, documented in a series of stories by The Associated Press, have their roots in a long history of medical racism. The AP has collected a small sample of that history related to every phase of life.
Black kids face racism before they even start school. It’s driving a major mental health crisis.May 23, 2023 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — To her students who need the most support, India Strother is rarely just “Ms. Strother” — she’s a family figure they call “Mom,” a trusted guide as they negotiate their teenage years.
9th Circuit rules US deportation law that fueled family separations is ‘neutral as to race’May 23, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a U.S. deportation law that fueled family separations at the southern border is “neutral as to race,” striking down an unprecedented Nevada ruling that had determined it was racist and unconstitutional.
Family of suicidal Black teen killed by police in Nevada agrees to $2M settlement, more trainingMay 23, 2023 GMT
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The parents of a suicidal Black teenager who was fatally shot by police in 2020 in Nevada have agreed to a $2 million settlement with the city of Sparks that also includes more crisis intervention and mental health training for police officers.
ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has found that a suburban Atlanta school district's decision to remove some books from its libraries may have created a hostile environment that violated federal laws against race and sex discrimination.
Australian Indigenous TV host quits program over racist backlashMay 22, 2023 GMT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prominent Australian Indigenous journalist Stan Grant quit television hosting duties on Monday in response to online racist abuse over his comments during King Charles III's coronation about historic Aboriginal dispossession.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A son of longtime Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler has resigned from his position with the Wolverines, with the school saying it was aware of his social media activity that may have caused “pain” in the community.
Austria beefs up border security, demands explanations from Hungary after people smugglers’ releaseMay 22, 2023 GMT
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Austria’s government on Monday asked Hungary for explanations as it stepped up security along the countries’ shared border following Budapest's decision to grant early release to convicted people smugglers.
Celebration at California dance ballroom a sign of healing following Lunar New Year shootingMay 21, 2023 GMT
ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — A weekend celebration at a Southern California dance ballroom was hailed by organizers as the latest sign of healing within the Asian American community following the Lunar New Year shooting that killed 11 people at a nearby dance studio.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NAACP over the weekend issued a travel advisory for Florida, joining two other civil rights groups in warning potential tourists that recent laws and policies championed by Gov.
Jim Brown Appreciation: Remembering Hall of Fame running back’s lasting impact on and off fieldMay 20, 2023 GMT
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Brown was both extraordinary and extraordinarily complicated.
One man. Many versions.
His greatness on the football field is beyond reproach. For generations, Brown, who died Thursday night peacefully at his home in Los Angeles, has long been the standard of excellence for running backs, a freakish blend of brute power and blazing speed who in many ways changed the NFL forever.
Jim Brown's legs, ever-churning and sturdy as tree trunks, helped propel him to fame on the football field. His voice once he left the gridiron — every bit as powerful.
Navajo leaders seek tribal members caught up in sober-living Medicare scam in ArizonaMay 19, 2023 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo leaders on Friday unveiled an operation to find and get needed services to hundreds of tribal members they predict will soon be on the streets of metro Phoenix amid a state crackdown on Medicaid fraud that affected as many as 7,000 Native Americans recruited to illegitimate sober living homes in recent years.
NEW YORK (AP) — In the polarizing wake of Jordan Neely’s chokehold death at the hands of a fellow New York City subway rider, there has been a “distortion of values,” Rev.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of New College of Florida students, family members and friends gathered at an off-campus art gallery Thursday evening for an “alternative commencement” in defiance of state officials working to change the character of the traditionally progressive school.
A new grantmaking effort funded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie’s philanthropic arm will provide $42.5 million over the next five years to support more than 100 Black-led nonprofits focused on improving economic mobility.