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Mediator to lead talks following Washington police shooting

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A federal mediator will travel to Washington state next week to begin talks between a police department a…

  • Can Oklahoma University change its culture? Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    The university swiftly closed its Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and expelled two members after a video featuring brothers singing a racist chant surfaced. The university's decisiveness stands in contrast to its long history of letting incidents of racism slide. In the past, fraternity brothers have targeted Vietnamese and Native Americans by holding “Mekong Delta” themed parties and defacing tepees. More »

  • Unrest In Ferguson: How The Protest Grew
    Unrest In Ferguson: How The Protest Grew Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Here are the crucial events following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked nationwide protests... More »

  • Fifty years after Selma, whiteness still reigns supreme
    Fifty years after Selma, whiteness still reigns supreme Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Local initiatives ignore the framework that makes race problems possible in the first place: white supremacy. More »

  • Key figures in fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri
    Key figures in fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A look at some of the key figures in the case of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer in August. His death stirred weeks of violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb after the shooting and again in November, after a grand jury decided not to indict the officer. More »

  • Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security - CNN
    Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security - CNN Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I certainly think we have to step up our sensitivities to what goes on in these commercial enterprises," Holder said in an interview with CNN that aired on Friday. "It would be the responsible thing for operators of these malls to increase their capabilities when it comes to keeping people safe who are just going about their everyday lives." In a separate interview with Politico, also published on Friday, Holder said he would push in his final weeks in office to lower the standard of proof for civil-rights offenses that would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in future cases. The Justice Department recently closed its investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, without filing charges against gunman George Zimmerman because of "insufficient evidence." "I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested," he told Politico. More »

  • Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit
    Obama celebrates Black History Month, ahead of Selma visit Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated what he called "the central role that African-Americans have played in every aspect of American life." More »

  • Today in History Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2015. There are 308 days left in the year. More »

  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder
    AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. More »

  • Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman
    Without hate crime, US limited in prosecuting Zimmerman Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The Justice Department's decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood-watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager isn't necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. More »

  • Dori Maynard, journalist and diversity champion, dies at 56 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dori J. Maynard, a journalist and champion of diversity in news coverage, died Tuesday at her Oakland home, the journalism education institute she presided said. She was 56. More »

  • Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death
    Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • No Hate Crime Charges In Trayvon Martin Death Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    George Zimmerman will not face federal hate crime charges over the killing of Trayvon Martin, the US Justice Department has said. Federal investigators "found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges" against the former neighbourhood watch volunteer, the agency said. After the ruling, Trayvon's family looked to the federal government to hold Zimmerman accountable for the teen's death. Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Martin family, said the Justice Department's decision was "a bitter pill to swallow". More »

  • Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death … Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in death of Trayvon Martin. More »

  • Slain Mexican man's family views body, seeks 'justice'
    Slain Mexican man's family views body, seeks 'justice' Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The 60-year-old mother of an unarmed Mexican man fatally shot by police officers in Washington state fainted when she viewed her son's body for the first time, her lawyer says. More »

  • Ferguson lawyer to represent slain Mexican man's family
    Ferguson lawyer to represent slain Mexican man's family Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The high-profile attorney who represented the family of a black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, says he'll represent the parents of an unarmed Mexican man who was shot to death ... More »

  • 'We're in Disarray': An Interview With Spike Lee
    'We're in Disarray': An Interview With Spike Lee Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    For virtually his entire career, Spike Lee has attracted almost as much attention for his polemics as his films. “I know I have a reputation,” Lee told then-CNN anchor Piers Morgan in 2012. “But I’m always being put in this position [where] I have to speak on race … on behalf of 45 million African Americans." Perhaps that's because it's impossible to extricate the defining characteristics of a Spike Lee "joint"—movies that are unabashedly bold and combative, with his signature double takes and hip-hop soundtracks—from the filmmaker's 30-year exploration of race relations in America, social justice, and the power of art. More »

  • German student's family hopes sentence helps them find peace
    German student's family hopes sentence helps them find peace Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was on the hunt, not the defensive when he shot and killed a German high school student who was trespassing in his garage, a judge said as he sentenced the man to 70 years in prison with no parole possible for at least two decades. More »

  • Kendrick Lamar Is Not a Hypocrite
    Kendrick Lamar Is Not a Hypocrite Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    “I'm not on the outside looking in, I'm not on the inside looking out,” Kendrick Lamar says toward the end of his debut album, 2011’s Section.80. It’s a good mission statement for the 27-year-old Compton rapper, who some say is the new king of hip-hop. It’s a good mission statement for anyone, really—the reminder that your point of view is your point of view, irreducible and distinct. At the age of 16, Lamar as the song's narrator says he “came to [his] senses”—an awakening of racial consciousness, the realization that powerful parts of America hate him. More »

  • George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants
    George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor. More »

  • In report, Zimmerman denies throwing bottle at ex-girlfriend
    In report, Zimmerman denies throwing bottle at ex-girlfriend Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman became angry and threw a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend when she tried to break up with him, according to a police report released Monday. More »

  • George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge
    George Zimmerman arrested on aggravated assault charge Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. More »

  • Embattled New York mayor calls for end to protests
    Embattled New York mayor calls for end to protests Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to put aside politics and protests Monday to mourn two murdered police officers as he sought to fend off furious criticism of his conduct. More »

  • Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair
    Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one. More »

  • Correction: Exchange Student Shot story Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — MISSOULA, Montana (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about a man convicted in the shooting death of a German teenager, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position of George Zimmerman, acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a security guard. More »

  • Things to know about Montana exchange student killing Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Markus Kaarma, a 30-year-old Montana man, was convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage. Kaarma's attorneys unsuccessfully argued his actions were justified by a state law allowing the use of deadly force if a person reasonably fears for his or her safety or their property. Some key legal issues raised by the case: More »

  • AP EXPLAINS: Montana's 'stand your ground law' Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The murder trial of a Montana man who shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede in his garage tested a state law that gives a person the right to use force or threaten to use force to protect his or her own home from unlawful entry or attack, particularly a provision known as "stand your ground." Markus Kaarma unsuccessfully invoked the law in his defense, saying he was protecting his family and property. He was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday. Here's a brief explanation of the law and controversy surrounding it. More »

  • Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet
    Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for valet Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes. More »

  • With crime coverage, paper 'challenging community'
    With crime coverage, paper 'challenging community' Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of the New Pittsburgh Courier, above the same caption: Under Attack By Us! More »

  • Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest against police killings
    Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest against police killings Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    By Ian Simpson, Lacey Johnson and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest against killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Organizers said the marches were among the largest in a recent wave of protests against the deaths that have cast a global spotlight on race relations in the United States. The rallies were mainly peaceful, though police in Boston said they arrested 23 people who tried to block a highway. ... More »

  • Thousands rally in US cities to protest police killings
    Thousands rally in US cities to protest police killings Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in New York and Washington, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police. More »

  • Thousands rally across US over police killings
    Thousands rally across US over police killings Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Thousands of protesters paralyzed parts of New York and Washington on Saturday, stepping up demonstrations across the United States demanding justice for black men killed by white police. More »

  • Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest police killings
    Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest police killings Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    By Ian Simpson, Lacey Johnson and Jonathan Spicer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Organizers said the marches were among the largest in the recent wave of protests against the killings of black males by officers in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; Cleveland; and elsewhere. The protests were peaceful, although police in Boston said they arrested more than 20 people who tried to block a highway. ... More »

  • Thousands March Against US Police Killings
    Thousands March Against US Police Killings Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of cities across the US to protest at the killings of unarmed black men by police and call on politicians to act. More »

  • Some leaders in the post-Ferguson movement Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Some of the established and emerging figures in the movement developing around the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner: More »