- Clergy see Black Lives Matter as chance for dialogue Updated: Nov-29-15 11:34 am
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - The Black Lives Matter movement, which calls attention to the violent deaths of young black men, has become the largest social-justice effort among American blacks since the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. And, as in the 1960s, clergy are playing a critical role.
- Year after death, Michael Brown lies in relative obscurity Updated: Nov-29-15 11:16 am
NORMANDY, Missouri - Michael Brown once told an uncle that the world would know his name one day, and he was right. Fifteen months after the black 18-year-old's killing by a white Ferguson police officer made him a key figure in the debate over the treatment of blacks by U.S. law enforcement, though, Brown lies buried in relative obscurity.
- Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade Updated: Nov-26-15 7:59 pm
NEW YORK - Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death.
- Annual Thanksgiving parade returns to St. Louis Updated: Nov-26-15 2:30 pm
ST. LOUIS - Thousands have turned out in St. Louis for the return of an annual Thanksgiving Day parade.
- Correction: Ferguson-Year Later-No Indictment story Updated: Nov-25-15 2:25 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - In a story Nov. 23 about the anniversary of the grand jury's decision not to charge a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Cerner Corp. is adding 200 jobs to the Ferguson economy. It is not, but another company, Centene Corp., is doing that.
- Saints tight end Ben Watson writes book on racial issues Updated: Nov-25-15 11:32 am
NEW ORLEANS - Benjamin Watson has always felt the pull to write a book.
- Interim police chief in Ferguson resigns early Updated: Nov-20-15 1:58 pm
ST. LOUIS - The interim police chief in Ferguson is leaving the post about two months earlier than expected, citing a desire to return to his family, city officials said Friday.
- Suit challenges Missouri law limiting municipal court fines Updated: Nov-19-15 4:21 pm
ST. LOUIS - A dozen St. Louis-area municipalities sued the state Thursday, hoping to halt what they consider to be an unconstitutional new law that limits Missouri cities' ability to profit from minor traffic tickets and court fines.
- Springsteen, Legend among performers at all-star concert Updated: Nov-19-15 6:07 am
LOS ANGELES - Bruce Springsteen rocked out with John Legend, Eric Church teamed up with Smokey Robinson, and Miguel wailed alongside Tori Kelly at a musical event focusing on race relations in America.
- More than sing, Pharrell and others want to talk about race Updated: Nov-17-15 4:31 pm
NEW YORK - When Pharrell Williams signed up to perform at an all-star concert highlighting race relations in America, the multi-layered musician didn't want to "have a kumbaya type-of-moment" onstage with his fellow performers, as he put it.
- Bay City police officers getting body cameras this week Updated: Nov-17-15 12:39 pm
BAY CITY, Michigan - Police officers in Bay City are getting body cameras starting this week.
- Judge dismisses charges against mall protest organizers Updated: Nov-10-15 3:47 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota judge has dismissed charges against organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest that drew thousands of demonstrators to the Mall of America.
- Ferguson police present initiative seeks to restore trust Updated: Nov-08-15 4:29 pm
FERGUSON, Missouri - Police in Ferguson are vowing to walk the streets and talk to residents more often as part of an effort to repair frayed relations with the community more than a year after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
- Ferguson police to launch forums about community policing Updated: Nov-06-15 8:34 am
FERGUSON, Missouri - The St. Louis suburb thrust into worldwide headlines last year with the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is inviting the public to weigh in on its neighborhood policing efforts.
- Federal lawsuit questions St. Louis suburb's municipal fines Updated: Nov-04-15 5:15 pm
ST. LOUIS - A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged a St. Louis suburb whose population is largely black relentlessly tickets for things such as mismatched curtains, walking on the wrong side of a crosswalk and barbecuing in front of a house.
- Half of black millennials know victim of police violence Updated: Nov-04-15 11:56 am
WASHINGTON - Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.
- Clinton wants to make gun control a 'voting issue' Updated: Nov-03-15 10:19 pm
CORALVILLE, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Tuesday to make stricter gun control into a campaign that can compete with the powerful National Rifle Association's drive to preserve gun rights, and to put the issue on the minds of voters when they cast ballots on Election Day.
- 5-year sentence for arson fire in Ferguson Updated: Nov-03-15 3:41 pm
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to a Ferguson business on the night that a grand jury announced the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
- Lawmakers to again consider policy on police body cameras Updated: Nov-01-15 2:32 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers will again take up the question of whether to require all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras after a similar proposal failed to gain traction last session.
- Episcopal Church installs its first African-American leader Updated: Oct-31-15 10:14 am
NEW YORK - The Episcopal Church, whose history is entwined with the founding of the United States, is installing its first black national leader this weekend.