- Attorney General Lynch comes home Updated: Jul-02-15 6:34 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says civil rights will be a focus as she serves as the nation's top prosecutor.
- Pro-Confederate flag rally to take place in Russellville Updated: Jul-02-15 6:05 am
RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas - A rally in support of the Confederate flag is being held in Russellville.
- Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson Updated: Jul-02-15 4:52 am
GREELEYVILLE, South Carolina - As investigators probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a rural South Carolina black church rebuilt after the Ku Klux Klan torched it 20 years ago, statistics show church fires are not unusual, and that the vast majority in recent years were not intentionally set.
- Black Montebello firefighter wins harassment suit Updated: Jul-01-15 9:17 pm
LOS ANGELES - A jury has awarded more than $935,000 to a Montebello firefighter who claimed he was harassed because he's black.
- Michigan senators spar over Juneteenth slavery resolution Updated: Jul-01-15 7:34 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A proposed Michigan legislative resolution recognizing a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery is on hold because Republican leaders are uncomfortable with the language, spurring criticism from the measure's black sponsor that attempting to change the wording is a form of "white privilege."
- California law decried after black woman's 'lynching' arrest Updated: Jul-01-15 3:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.
- Religion news in brief Updated: Jul-01-15 12:35 pm
Pope in US to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants
- Austin-based bar accused of discrimination to make changes Updated: Jul-01-15 8:08 am
DALLAS - An Austin-based bar has agreed to make changes to its business practices to end a federal investigation into alleged discrimination.
- Misty Copeland named first black female principal at ABT Updated: Jun-30-15 9:25 pm
NEW YORK - Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who's become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday - the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company's 75-year history.
- Service honors last of 9 Charleston church shooting victims Updated: Jun-30-15 8:46 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Public officials paid tribute to longtime pastor Daniel L. Simmons Sr. in the last of the services for the nine victims of a shooting at a predominantly black Charleston church.
- White Texas man admits hate-crime attack on black man Updated: Jun-30-15 4:28 pm
HOUSTON - A white Houston-area man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for the surprise punching of an elderly black man.
- Statue of white supremacist, former SC governor vandalized Updated: Jun-30-15 3:31 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Authorities are investigating the vandalism of a statue of a segregationist South Carolina governor as the state grapples with heightened tension over Confederate symbols in the wake of a massacre at a black church.
- Justices will hear new case on Arizona state redistricting Updated: Jun-30-15 10:30 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a new case about the drawing of state legislative districts in Arizona by an independent commission, a day after the justices upheld the commission's congressional map-drawing.
- Organizer clarifies meaning of Confederate flag at monument Updated: Jun-30-15 7:02 am
BOSTON - The Confederate battle flag found attached to the Boston memorial honoring black Civil War soldiers last weekend wasn't an act of defiance by a flag sympathizer, but rather a protest.
- Decatur police, NAACP form response team Updated: Jun-30-15 4:09 am
DECATUR, Illinois - The Decatur Police Department and the local branch of the NAACP say they've put together a response team to help deal with critical situations involving police and the black community in the central Illinois city.
- Federal officials investigate recent fires at black churches Updated: Jun-29-15 4:37 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Federal authorities say they are investigating recent fires at predominantly black churches, though the blazes do not appear to be related.
- Groups seek changes to Cleveland police consent decree Updated: Jun-29-15 2:16 pm
CLEVELAND - The NAACP and other civil rights groups want a federal judge to modify a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland police department by requiring outside agencies to investigate deadly police-use-of-force cases and to make the job of police inspector general more independent, according to brief filed Monday.
- Diddy's son Quincy calls father's arrest a 'hiccup' Updated: Jun-29-15 12:06 pm
LOS ANGELES - Diddy's son Quincy Brown has dismissed his father's recent arrest as a "hiccup."
- Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce win big at BET Awards Updated: Jun-29-15 1:18 am
Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for "7/11," while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night.
- Time will tell if furling the rebel flag means deeper change 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?
- Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop Updated: Jun-27-15 7:11 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Episcopal Church elected its first African-American presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination's national assembly Saturday.
- Authorities investigate fire that destroyed black SC church Updated: Jun-27-15 6:47 pm
WARRENVILLE, South Carolina - Federal and state investigators are looking into a fire that destroyed a predominantly black church in South Carolina.
- NAACP protests Confederate flag sales at Little Rock store Updated: Jun-27-15 6:26 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Confederate flags will continue to be sold out of a building in a historic gathering place for Little Rock's black community despite pressure from the state NAACP, a store owner told protesters following the shooting of nine black churchgoers.
- Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization Updated: Jun-27-15 12:38 pm
CHAPIN, South Carolina - The people who know Dylann Storm Roof - the people who watched his progression from a sweet child to a disturbed man - are struggling with guilt. How could they have missed the signs? Could they have done something to prevent the deaths of nine innocents at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church?
- Obama sings and eulogizes victims of South Carolina massacre Updated: Jun-26-15 8:02 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - After a string of triumphs, President Barack Obama's eulogy for those killed in a South Carolina church massacre was supposed to bring an extraordinary week to a somber close.