Showdown brewing over naming Scalia’s successor

President Barack Obama will select a nominee to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia despite fierce opposition by Republican leaders who prefer the seat be left vacant for nearly a year so that it can be filled by ...

Teen’s death reveals police code of silence

For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a Black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to ...

Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teens

More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced on Jan. 25.

The Flint lead problem: Time vs. finance

Flint’s mayor has floated a shockingly high price tag to fix the Michigan city’s lead-contamination problem: $1.5 billion to replace damaged pipes. Gov. Rick Snyder put the figure at $700 million.

Ex-prosecutor to lead investigation into Flint water

A former prosecutor and a retired head of the Detroit FBI will play key roles in an investigation into Flint’s lead-tainted water as part of the effort to seek answers while also preventing conflicts of interest,

Queen of Creole Cuisine Leah Chase still cooking at 93

Leah Chase has spent her culinary life on the cutting edge of history, mixing fine dining with her southern Louisiana roots at her classic New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase’s.

Obama issues executive action on gun control

“Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns – 30,000. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents

Mississippi lawmakers honor legacy of civil rights leader

Sunday marked the anniversary of the attack on Vernon Dahmer (DAY’-mur) Sr., who defied the White segregationist power structure by registering Black voters in the 1960s.

Woman forced from hospital dies in police custody

A police officer tried to put a woman into a patrol car after she collapsed at a hospital, believing that she was “making herself dead weight” to avoid going to jail, according to a police report released Monday.

Cosby’s sexual assault charge leaves Blacks feeling betrayed

Bill Cosby, a cultural icon who once stood among America’s most beloved figures, suffered the latest and most serious blow to his forever mixed legacy, as he walked slowly into a Pennsylvania courthouse holding a cane and answered to charges ...

New Orleans council votes to remove Confederate monuments

New Orleans’ leaders on Thursday made a sweeping move to break with the city’s Confederate past when the City Council voted to remove prominent Confederate monuments along some of its busiest streets.

Officer’s convictions are a rare triumph for rape victims

The rape convictions that could put a fired Oklahoma City police officer behind bars for life are vindication for some of the women he targeted, and also a reminder of how difficult it is to achieve justice in such cases.

C. Gerald Fraser: Esteemed journalist and advocate

Scores of witnesses saw a 44-year-old man assaulted, kicked and fatally shot by an off-duty policeman who hauled his victim along a Sugar Hill street, left him in a heap on the sidewalk and fled into a nearby apartment house, ...

Supreme Court to review affirmative action case

Affirmative action is back on the front-burner at the U.S. Supreme Court, with the justices hearing oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin for the second time in two years.

Bland investigation nearly complete

A team of special prosecutors has nearly completed its investigation of the arrest and subsequent death of a Black woman in a Texas jail, and it plans to finish presenting its evidence to a grand jury by the end of ...