Congress pushes to allow firearms for mentally ill

The Republican-led Senate voted Feb. 15 to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with severe mental health disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is ...

Trump exchange with Black journalist sparks outrage

Many African Americans are expressing outrage over a testy exchange between President Donald Trump and a veteran Black journalist, with many considering the incident to be the latest indication of his inability to relate to them.

Chicago mayor warns Trump deploying federal troops counteracts community policing

A day after President Donald Trump declared he was ready to “send in the Feds” if Chicago can’t reduce its homicides, Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned against deploying the National Guard, saying it would hurt efforts to restore trust in the ...

Yes we did: Obama’s nostalgic farewell speech

President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.

US levels sanctions against Russia over election hacking

In a Cold War-era style diplomatic showdown, the United States unleashed a string of sanctions and ordered expulsion of 35 Russians in retaliation for alleged cyber-meddling against the U.S. election, and Russia’s foreign minister said Moscow is weighing a move ...

First African American incorporated U.S. town mulls federal buyouts

When Dianne Hines pulls up to her flood-damaged home in Princeville, North Carolina, she has no interest in going inside.

Civil rights groups note over 860 hate incidents in last 30 days

Civil rights groups called for President-elect Donald Trump to forcefully and publicly denounce racism and bigotry, pointing to more than 860 bias-related incidents recorded in the 10 days following his Nov. 8 victory.

Trailblazing PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies of cancer

Gwen Ifill, an African American co-anchor of PBS’ NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said.

Black teen accosted with noose

The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a Black high school student said as many as four White students put a noose around their son’s neck at school.

Fifty years later: Black Panthers look back

The Black Panthers emerged from Oakland, California – a gritty Northern California city – 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a ...

Police kill stranded unarmed Black man

Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed Black man fatally shot by a White female Tulsa, Oklahoma, officer last week can be seen in police dashcam video walking toward his SUV with his hands up and officers following behind him before he’s ...

Louisiana governor: Flood damage at least $8.7 billion

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

Black teen paid for secrecy in police brutality settlement

A Black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a White police officer in Iowa received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement including a secrecy provision that may violate state law.

Lawyer at center of race, gun debate of two cases

In his law office, Andy Savage keeps a sealed plastic bag with the blood-splattered clothes that Felicia Sanders wore sheltering her granddaughter from a fusillade of bullets that killed nine Black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

Unclear how end of private prison use will impact Texas

It was not clear on Friday how the Obama administration’s decision to phase out its use of some private prisons will affect five such facilities currently operating in Texas as well as the communities where they are located.