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Lawsuit filed in police shooting of man in Memphis

Posted 7/14/2016 in National

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges a white Memphis police officer used excessive deadly force when he shot and killed a 19-year-old black man during a fight after a traffic stop.



ACLU, other groups sue police over Baton Rouge protests

Posted 7/14/2016 in National

Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of a black man, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators.



Authorities: 3 arrests made in alleged plot to harm officers

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

Authorities in Louisiana have arrested three suspects accused of stealing several handguns as part of an alleged plot to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area, police said.



Divide between Black, Blue movements widens after shootings

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

Kaylin Luces found herself in a difficult position last week: In one moment, she was texting her sister, a police officer, telling her, "Be careful out there. Cops are getting shot." In another, she sent a text to her two young nephews to be mindful of how they act when in the presence of police.



Many in law enforcement feel frayed relationship with president

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

After each fatal shooting of a black man by an officer, President Barack Obama has swiftly spoken out against bad policing, giving voice to the generations of African-Americans who have found themselves at the wrong end of a baton, a snarling dog or a gun.



AG defends decision on Clinton email inquiry

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

Attorney General Loretta Lynch deflected a barrage of Republican questions Tuesday about her decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of private email, saying it "would not be appropriate" to discuss the matter in her role as the nation's top law enforcement official.



'Far and away the best': Sanders endorses Clinton

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

With hugs and handshakes, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday and emphatically told his supporters their "political revolution" must now turn to electing his Democratic former rival.



NAACP: Trump declines offer to address civil rights group

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

The NAACP says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the group's upcoming convention, flouting established precedent and highlighting anew the GOP standard-bearer's struggle to attract support from nonwhite voters.



Poll: Most young people dislike GOP's Trump, say he's racist

Posted 7/13/2016 in National

Donald Trump is wildly unpopular among young adults, in particular young people of color, and nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 believe the presumptive Republican nominee is racist.



Dallas police had taken steps to mend rift with minorities

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

When Micah Johnson opened fire on Dallas police in an act of vengeance against white officers, he was attacking a department whose chief has been lauded across the country for taking bold steps to root out bad cops and repair relations with minorities.



Family: Military changed Dallas suspect; robot use defended

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

Military service changed the Dallas gunman from an extrovert into a hermit, his parents said in an interview excerpt published Monday.



Judge says MLK Bible belongs to civil rights icon's estate

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

The judge in a dispute over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize and traveling Bible has ruled the Bible belongs to the civil rights icon's estate, which is controlled by two sons who had proposed selling it.



Sheriff: Inmate kills 2 bailiffs at Michigan courthouse

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

A jail inmate trying to escape from a western Michigan courthouse wrested a gun from an officer Monday, killing two bailiffs and injuring two more people before he was fatally shot by other officers, a sheriff said.



GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

Republican officials rejected an emotional plea Monday to back off the GOP's opposition to same-sex marriage, renewing the party's embrace of religious conservative values as delegates prepared to welcome Donald Trump to their national convention.



Poll: Clinton struggles to make inroads with young Americans

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton is struggling to make inroads among young Americans who overwhelmingly supported Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential primary, a worrisome sign as she tries to reassemble the coalition that twice propelled Barack Obama into the White House.



Sanders to back Clinton. Will supporters follow?

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

It looks as if Bernie Sanders is ready to back Hillary Clinton. But not all his supporters are prepared to give up revolution for realism.



Trump predicts more protest violence to come this summer

Posted 7/12/2016 in National

Donald Trump said Monday he believes relations between police and the nation's African-American community are "far worse" than people think, predicting that protests against police violence that followed last week's slaying of five police officers in Dallas "might be just the beginning for this summer."



Companies bail on GOP convention after facing pressure

Posted 7/9/2016 in National

Donald Trump has promised to liven up this year's Republican National Convention. But some of America's biggest corporations are bailing on the party.



Dallas sniper was loner; Army sent him home from Afghanistan

Posted 7/9/2016 in National

The Dallas sniper had been sent home from Afghanistan after being accused of sexually harassing a female, and was described as a loner who followed black militant groups on social media.



Obama: America is not as divided as some suggest

Posted 7/9/2016 in National

President Barack Obama on Saturday rejected the notion that this week's stunning violence is a signal that the U.S. has returned to some of the darkest days of its past, saying that as painful as the killings of police and black men were, "America is not as divided as some have suggested."



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