Low-wage earners demonstrate in 'Fight for $15'

Written by From AP
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:56

The Fight for $15 campaign to win higher pay and a union for fast-food workers is expanding to represent a variety of low-wage workers and become more of a social justice movement.

In New York City on April 15, more than 100 chanting protesters gathered outside a McDonald's around noon, prompting the store to lock its doors to prevent the crowd from streaming in.

Two recent shootings involving white law enforcement officers who killed black men — one in South Carolina and one in Oklahoma — have re-ignited the debate over the use of deadly force and race relations in the U.S.

Here is a look at those cases.

Amid spate of fraternity investigations, feds indict Georgia man for noose at Ole Miss

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 03:40

The federal government indicted a Georgia man on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students at the University of Mississippi.

Graeme Phillip Harris was enrolled in classes on the Jackson, Mississippi, campus in February 2014, when the noose and a flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem were found on a statue honoring James Meredith, the student who integrated the school in 1962.

Denver schools take lead in hiring DREAMer teachers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:57

Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he's helping other young people build their dreams.

Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. Teach for America, a national nonprofit running the program, believes people like Fuentes can be role models for students.

Tennessee House votes to make Bible official state book

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:37

The Tennessee state House ignored serious constitutional concerns - and the wishes of Republican leaders in the Statehouse- in voting to make the holy Bible the official state book.

The chamber approved the measure 55-38 on Wednesday. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's historical, cultural and economic impact in Tennessee.

The morning digest: In the news
April 14, 2015

Written by The AP Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:17


The big rallies can wait for now as the presidential hopeful opts for a small-town gathering with Iowans reminiscent of her Senate "listening tour."

White House backs bans on 'ex-gay' therapy for minors

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 April 2015 06:44

The White House this week responded to a petition with more than 120,000 signers seeking “help to ban the practice known as 'conversion therapy.’”

The White House said, “We share your concern about its potential devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth. This administration believes that young people should be valued for who they are, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, the gender with which they identify, or who they love.”

Police officer charged in shooting of unarmed man in South Carolina

Written by The AP Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:34

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense was swiftly charged with murder after a bystander's video recorded him firing eight shots at the man's back as he ran away. Government authorities sought on April 8 to contain the outrage as protests began.

About 75 people gathered outside City Hall in North Charleston, led by a Black Lives Matter.

College shooting possible hate crime, victim was gay

Written by The AP Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:25

A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime.

Kenneth Morgan Stancil III, 20, was arrested without incident early on April 14 while sleeping on a Florida beach, about 500 miles from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Stancil made his first court appearance later in the day, saying in a profanity-laced and unsubstantiated tirade that the man he killed had molested a relative.

Clinton to announce presidential campaign on April 12

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Friday, 10 April 2015 10:14

A poster from the Ready for Hillary effort.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

March Madness: Indiana, Arkansas attempt to quiet uproar

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 15:46

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, right, exits a news conference discussing the state’s religious-freedom law.
— Photo: AP Photo/Darron Cummings

March did not go out like a lamb in Indiana, where protesters roared against a “religious liberties” measure intended to protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.

Illinois may expand disease list for medical marijuana

Written by The AP Tuesday, 07 April 2015 17:52

Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the medical marijuana program, including anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.