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BREAKING: NYPD terminates officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner case

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwl4St9Nj6Q By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of the black man whose dying cries of...

Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns

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By JEFF AMY and ROGELIO V. SOLIS, Associated Press MORTON, Miss. (AP) — Effects of the largest immigration raid in at least a decade are likely to ripple for years through six Mississippi small towns that host poultry plants. A store owner who caters to Latino...

Gun charges net prison term for man accused of killing Lorenzen Wright

Billy Ray Turner, who is awaiting a September trial in the killing of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on a separate gun charge. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced Turner during a hearing Thursday in Memphis. Turner pleaded guilty in...

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

By HILLEL ITALIE -- NEW YORK  — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” ″Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has...

Debate takeaways: Should 2020 Democrats go big or get real?

-- by Sara Burnett and Brian Slodysk -- DETROIT — Should Democrats be going big or getting real? That’s the question that dominated the Democratic presidential primary debate as progressive favorites Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders fended off attacks from lesser-known moderates. The display amounted to...

Koepka outduels McIlroy, wins first WGC title by 3 strokes

by Teresa M. Walker --  Brooks Koepka knows everyone wanted to see a tight final-round duel with Rory McIlroy. “That would have been incredible for the fans, for everybody that showed up and I’m sure that’s what everybody wanted,” Koepka said. Too bad Koepka drained all the...

Biden says he’s not relying on Obama as ‘crutch’ in 2020 bid

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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK and STEVEN SLOAN, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Joe Biden rarely lets a public event pass without reminding voters of his work alongside President Barack Obama. But the former vice president insisted on Wednesday that he's not overly relying on that...

Memphis athletic department to receive $13 million donation

Memphis has announced that alumnus Gary W. Bryant and his wife have pledged $13 million to boost the school's athletic department by establishing a trust. This represents the largest commitment in the athletic department's history and second-largest gift in the university's history. The Gary and Barbara...

Hundreds of black deaths in 1919 are being remembered

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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis,...

After early exit from The British Open, Tiger Woods will skip World Gold Championships in Memphis

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By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tiger Woods turned and saluted the fans at Royal Portrush who saw him for two days at this British Open, but no more. A Masters champion in April, Woods ended the major championship season by...