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Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

Election 2016: Citizenship Proof Needed in Ala., Kan. and Ga.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal elections official has decided — without public notice or review from his agency’s commissioners — that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship. The action by the new executive director of the U.S. Election […]

Poll: More White Americans Say Racism Should Be Confronted

Poll: More White Americans Say Racism Should Be Confronted

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More White Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling.  The review, compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Northeastern University School of Journalism, concludes that a majority of […]

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity, a United Nations working group said on Jan. 29.  The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released its […]

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America’s middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose’s Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for […]

Use of Force Tactics by Police Face Review by Agency Leaders

Use of Force Tactics by Police Face Review by Agency Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden, New Jersey, officers […]

Special Fund to Address Flint Water Crisis Is Part of NAACP Plan

Special Fund to Address Flint Water Crisis Is Part of NAACP Plan

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Chief among the priorities national and local NAACP leaders listed last week for the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint is the repeal of Michigan’s emergency manager law, which they view as a contributor to the public health emergency. The “15-point priority plan,” which the NAACP drew up with Flint residents, was […]

‘Bias-Free Policing’ in Ferguson Is Part of Reform Deal With DOJ

‘Bias-Free Policing’ in Ferguson Is Part of Reform Deal With DOJ

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, city and federal officials announced Wednesday. The recommendations, detailed in a 131-page proposed consent decree, are meant to […]

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday. The request will be in the 2017 budget proposal Obama plans to send lawmakers on Feb. 9. Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free […]

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