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Stories with person: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Blacks torn between anger, mercy for Charleston shooter 
    Updated: Jul-06-15 4:16 am

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.

  • Memphis Symphony eyes move to Midtown 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 10:53 am

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Memphis Symphony Orchestra president and CEO Roland Valliere is not shy when it comes to talking about the future of the organization.

  • Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration story has photos
    Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.

  • Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 11:31 am

    NEW YORK - To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day.

  • Kim Kardashian says use of selfies can be empowering story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:13 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some merely as a sexual object.

  • 2 years after spying flap, US, Brazil seek to turn the page story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.

  • Sculptor chosen for MLK statue at Georgia Capitol 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 2:29 pm

    ATLANTA - A sculptor has been selected to create a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that will stand on the grounds of Georgia's Capitol, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.

  • Time will tell if furling the rebel flag means deeper change story has photos
    Updated: Jun-28-15 11:13 am

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Across the South, Confederate symbols are toppling, teetering or at least getting critical new looks. But is it a sign of real change in a region known for fiercely defending its complex traditions, or simply the work of frightened politicians and nervous corporate bean counters scrambling for cover in the wake of another white-on-black atrocity?

  • Confederate flag supporters rally at Alabama's Capitol story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-27-15 10:32 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Confederate flags returned to the cradle of the Confederacy on Saturday as hundreds of flag supporters arrived at Alabama's Capitol to protest the removal of four rebel flags from a Confederate monument next to the building where the Confederacy was formed.

  • The Latest: Supreme Court overturns Tenn. gay marriage ban 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 5:16 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Latest from Tennessee on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage and making it legal everywhere in the United States. (All times Central)

  • Confederate, Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-24-15 11:13 am

    ATLANTA - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate battle flag that flies in front of her state's Capitol. But she hasn't said the Confederate veterans' monument alongside the flag should go.

  • Little leaguer Mo'ne Davis meets Braves' slugger Hank Aaron story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 6:26 pm

    ATLANTA - Hank Aaron can appreciate someone with the ability and fortitude to overcome challenges.

  • History of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-23-15 3:28 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have reignited calls for the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia to come down.

  • Church shootings a reminder of homegrown extremists story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-22-15 2:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - Confronting extremists, law enforcement in the U.S. has been focusing on aspiring jihadists who align with the Islamic State, overshadowing longstanding concerns about avowed racists, neo-Nazis and anti-government militias.

  • Gatherings held around Georgia to honor Charleston victims 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 5:05 pm

    ATLANTA - Hundreds gathered Saturday at a church in Atlanta in one of a number of vigils and meetings held around the state to honor the victims of a shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

  • 'You are welcome:' The night Emanuel opened its door to evil story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-20-15 1:56 pm

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there.

  • Black churches targeted because of importance to community story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-20-15 12:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - The black church has long been the cornerstone and sanctuary for African-American life. It's also long been a target for racists and white supremacists trying to strike blows against the African-American psyche.

  • Shootings highlight dark past for Charleston race relations story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 6:17 pm

    With a dark past and complicated present, race relations have always been a challenge in Charleston, the city where police say a young white man shot nine people to death at a historic black church.

  • Studio where Commodores made hits is transformed into museum 
    Updated: Jun-19-15 7:40 am

    TUSKEGEE, Alabama - In their prime, the Commodores spent six months a year working out of Commodore Studio, an expansive Tuskegee space where the band wrote, rehearsed and recorded classic songs like "Brick House," ''Easy" and "Three Times a Lady." The band owned equal shares of the nondescript white-brick building on East Martin Luther King Highway, where they made music history for the better part of a decade.

  • 3 VIP speakers, 8 speeches: What will the grads remember? story has photos
    Updated: Jun-10-15 10:20 am

    WASHINGTON - Graduation season is winding down. The caps and gowns are being tossed aside, the diplomas propped on the mantle. Already, memories of commencement speeches are getting fuzzy, even some of those delivered by big-name speakers. But among the eight commencement addresses given this year by three of the biggest names - President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden - a few moments stood out that may last a little longer. A look back:

  • King's first church planning statue to honor leader 
    Updated: Jun-09-15 11:37 am

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - In the basement of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. hangs in the office where he worked from 1954 to 1960.