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Castile’s girlfriend reaches settlement over police shooting

ST. ANTHONY, Minn. — The Minnesota city that employed a police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year has reached a settlement with Castile's girlfriend and her daughter, who were in the car with him when he...

Supreme Court axes suit over Mississippi Confederate emblem

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag "an official endorsement of white supremacy." The justices did not comment as they ended a...

Plaza named for Mississippi State’s 1st black athletes

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A new plaza at Mississippi State University commemorates the legacy of the school's first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell. A university news release says a dedication ceremony was held Thursday for Dowsing-Bell Plaza, on the north side of Davis...

Tigers dominate, smash ECU’s Pirates

by Clay Bailey (AP) — Nothing from last week or a championship showdown next week was going to distract No. 17 Memphis. And they sent that message to East Carolina almost immediately on Saturday. "We only had one focus, coming out and finishing our run," University of...

Entertainer Della Reese has died at 86

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama "Touched by an Angel," has died at age 86. Reese's co-star on the...

Woman may descend from enslaved woman, president

By KRISSAH THOMPSON, The Washington Post (via The Associated Press) ORANGE, Va. (AP) — In her mind's eye, Bettye Kearse could see her ancestor walking the worn path that led from the big house to the slave quarters. She thought of that path each time she pulled up...

Now on Netflix: Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound”

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The movies have tended to skip from slavery to the Civil Rights movement, but Dee Rees' "Mudbound" plunges into the complex tragedies of the in-between era of Jim Crow. The film, which Netflix hopes will be...

Five articles of impeachment against Trump introduced by House Democrats

WASHINGTON — Tennessee’s Ninth District Rep. Steve Cohen was among a half-dozen Democrats on Wednesday who introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, accusing him of obstruction of justice and other offenses, in a long-shot effort that stands little chance in the Republican-led...

Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies 110-103

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE — After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies. Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled...

Local government to honor victims of 1887 massacre of blacks

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, The Associated Press One hundred and thirty years after white mobs massacred black laborers and their families to end a sugar strike, a Louisiana parish government is expected to approve a resolution to mark the attack's anniversary and honor its victims. John DeSantis, who...