Racial and ethnic discrimination

FILE - In this March 7, 2017 file photo, rowers paddle down the Charles River past the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian American applicants in Harvard's admissions process is heading to trial in Boston's federal court on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Harvard denies any discrimination, saying it considers race as one of many factors when considering applicants. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
October 15, 2018 - 1:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University intentionally uses a vague "personal rating" to reject Asian-American applicants in favor of students from other racial backgrounds, according to a trial that started Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard's legal team...
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This July 6, 2017 photo shows a makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers who fought in the Battle of Glorieta Pass in Northern New Mexico outside Santa Fe. It's a typical representation for many sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and always at risk of disappearing if it weren't for a handful of history aficionados. The lack of historical markers and preserved historical sites connected to Latino civil rights worries scholars who feel the scarcity is affecting how Americans see Hispanics in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
October 14, 2018 - 7:10 pm
GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Across the U.S, many sites historically...
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FILE - In this May 15, 1996 file photo, former Foreign Minister Pik Botha attends a news conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Botha, a fixture on the South African political stage for decades, announced his retirement from politics following his National Party's withdrawel from the unity government. Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at age 86. (AP Photo/Sasa Kralj, file)
October 12, 2018 - 3:52 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pik Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa's apartheid era and a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but eventually recognized that change was inevitable, died on Friday at age 86. Botha died in "the early hours of the morning" at his home...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, the execution chamber at the Washington State Penitentiary is shown with the witness gallery behind glass at right, in Walla Walla, Wash. Washington state's Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty violates its Constitution. The ruling Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, makes Washington the latest state to do away with capital punishment. They ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
October 11, 2018 - 2:04 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state's death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away...
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October 09, 2018 - 4:15 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A group based in Texas is suing legal journals at Harvard University and New York University over allegations that they illegally give preference to women and racial minorities when selecting editors and the articles they publish. The group, called Faculty, Alumni and Students Opposed...
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First base umpire Angel Hernandez (5) watches from his position during the second inning of Game 3 of baseball's American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
October 09, 2018 - 10:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Hernandez hit .250 in Game 3 of the AL Division Series. That's a mediocre batting average for a player and awful replay average for an umpire. Hernandez was overruled on three of four video reviews of his decisions at first base during Boston's 16-1 rout of the New York...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 file photo, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu smiles as he celebrates his 86th birthday in Cape Town South Africa. Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday Oct. 7, 2018, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as "our voice of conscience." (AP Photo/Mark Wessels, File)
October 07, 2018 - 7:12 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 87 years old in a hospital on Sunday, and birthday greetings poured in for the man once described by Nelson Mandela as "our voice of conscience." Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a...
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October 06, 2018 - 1:12 pm
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A black man has been acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of a white man outside a bar in a case his attorney said stemmed from "ugly racism." Jurors deliberated for four hours Friday before acquitting Stephen Spencer of homicide, aggravated assault and...
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In this July 9, 2016, file photo, Emani Williams joins protesters rallying against the fatal shootings by police of black men in San Francisco. Five black women and a black man are suing the San Francisco Police Department alleging racial bias, claiming they were targeted for arrest by a department plagued with a culture of racism. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)
October 04, 2018 - 2:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Six black suspects arrested in a San Francisco drug sweep of low-level dealers sued the police department Thursday, claiming a department plagued with racist behavior targeted them because of their race. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on their behalf in...
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U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1018, in Charlottesville, Va., regarding the arrest of four members of a militant white supremacist group in connection with a white nationalist torch-lit march and rally in Charlottesville, last year. The defendants, Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, Thomas Walter Gillen and Cole Evan White, are part of the Rise Above Movement, which espouses anti-Semitic views and meets regularly in public parks to train in boxing and other fighting techniques, according to an affidavit filed in the case. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)
October 02, 2018 - 11:35 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Four California men described as "serial rioters" are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they flew across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year and violently attacked counterprotesters. Federal agents arrested the men Tuesday...
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