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The lessons after threats drive a black legislator to quit

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By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BENNINGTON, Vt. — Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to...

Raye Montague, African-American woman who had trailblazing Navy career, dies at 83

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83. Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that created rough drafts of ship...

No. 10 UCF rally for 31-30 comeback victory over Memphis

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By CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — With No. 10 Central Florida struggling and the nation's longest winning streak in jeopardy, first-year coach Josh Heupel decided to take a gamble. Facing fourth-and-1 in Memphis territory late in the third quarter and down 13 points, Heupel...

Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press KNOXVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again...

Henderson, Taylor lead as Memphis blasts UConn 55-14

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. ran for three touchdowns apiece and Memphis notched its first American Athletic Conference win, blasting UConn 55-14 on Saturday night. Brady White threw for 239 yards and a score for the Tigers (4-2, 1-2). White's 44-yard...

Chicago verdict raises hope of greater police accountability

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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two...

ATF: About 400 Guns stolen from UPS facility in Tennessee

Federal authorities say about 400 guns have been stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said two people driving a U-Haul truck stole the weapons Sunday from a UPS facility in Memphis. Investigators are looking into...

Financial aid season kicks off with 1st day for applications

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer Let the race for financial aid begin. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, becomes available Monday. It's widely considered the most important document in securing money for higher education. Current and prospective students must fill it out...

2nd mistrial in case of Mississippi woman burned to death

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By JEFF AMY, Associated Press A Mississippi judge declared a second mistrial Monday in the capital murder case of a man accused of setting a woman on fire, after jurors once again said they couldn't reach a verdict. Panola County Circuit Judge Gerald Chatham made his ruling...

Mariota looking healthy as Titans beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

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By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Marcus Mariota's right hand sure seems pretty healthy, and the Tennessee quarterback keeps proving he knows how to find ways to win when it matters most. Mariota threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and...