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    School to Raise BLM Flag While Another Marks Anniversary

    By The Associated Press SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — South Burlington High School students will raise a Black Lives Matter flag to fly during February in honor of Black History Month. Friday's flag rising comes the...

    Family Seeks $20M for Calif. Police Shooting of Black Man

    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old unarmed Black man killed by police last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday seeking more than $20 million from the...

    Baltimore Man Gets Life for Killing Pregnant Girlfriend

    By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend. In a Monday statement, Baltimore's office of the state's attorney said William...

    Apple Turns Off Group FaceTime Amid Reports of Bug

    By The Associated Press Apple has made the group chat function in FaceTime unavailable after users said there was a bug that could allow callers to activate another user's microphone remotely. The bug was demonstrated through videos...

    Man Wanted in Slaying of 4 in Georgia Arrested in Indiana

    By The Associated Press ROCKMART, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a man wanted in the slayings of four people and injuring of a man in a pair of shootings in Georgia. The Georgia Bureau...

    St. Louis Broadcaster Who Called MLK ‘Coon’ Will Temporarily Leave Anchor Desk

    By The Associated Press A St. Louis newscaster who uttered what he called an unintentional racial slur while discussing Martin Luther King Jr. says he will step away from the anchor desk while he works to...

    Illinois Office May Seek New Sentencing in McDonald Slaying

    By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press The Illinois attorney general's office has signaled it may be considering a rare sentencing-related appeal if it concludes that the less than seven years in prison a White Chicago police officer...

    White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to NYC Sword Killing

    By Jim Mustian, The Associated Press A White supremacist pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to killing a Black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in...

    Maryland Police Release Video of Officers’ Fatal Struggle with Black Teen

    By Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Officials have released body camera video of a deadly encounter between police and a Black teenager who died after struggling with officers in a town on Maryland's Eastern Shore, footage...

    Gov. Hogan: ‘The Family….Deserves to Get Answers’

    By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFRO For months, the circumstances surrounding the death of Anton Black in police custody received little scrutiny.  The investigation as to why Black died during his encounter...

    Saints’ Defensive Back Williams Faces Drunken Driving Charge

    By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, among other traffic charges. Police spokesman Aaron Looney told news outlets that the...

    Nurse Arrested in Rape of Woman Who Gave Birth at Facility

    TERRY TANG , Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility has been charged with raping her, weeks after she stunned her caregivers...

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