Sweet 16 teams experiencing all-time high academic success

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Men's and women's basketball teams in this year's Sweet 16 are graduating more players and experiencing all-time high academic success. The programs still alive in the NCAA Tournament are enjoying the best academic success since The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport on the University of Central Florida campus has been tracking the numbers, according to a study it released Wednesday.

The Latest: 27-month sentence for friend of Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of man who lied to FBI about Dylann Roof's plan to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church (all times local): 12:35 a.m. The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for failing to report a crime and lying to the FBI.

Opera tells story of Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson

An opera about Negro Leagues baseball star Josh Gibson, whose power hitting rivaled Babe Ruth's, will have its world premiere in Pittsburgh in April. "The Summer King," presented by Pittsburgh Opera , premieres April 29. Gibson's story also figured in "Fences," the movie starring Denzel Washington that was originally a play by Pittsburgh native August Wilson. Baseball and opera "don't usually inhabit the same universe," said Christopher Hahn, Pittsburgh Opera's general director.

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NAACP leader: GOP lawmakers offended public with policies

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A chief critic of North Carolina Republican policies on everything from voting and LGBT rights to health care and the minimum wage says GOP legislators have offended the public and their laws must be overturned. State NAACP president the Rev. William Barber led a lobbying effort Tuesday at the Legislative Building for his organization and allied groups with the "Forward Together" movement.

Dylann Roof's friend gets over 2 years for hindering FBI

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a Charleston church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke of a deadly shooting rampage at Emanuel AME church.

Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Most young Americans don't see Trump as a legitimate leader

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. "You can't be saying that (if) you're the president," says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

Confederate flag flies next to NCAA arena in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. The group arrived Sunday morning, raising the flag from the back of a pickup truck . They planned to stay throughout the games and be on grounds as fans arrived at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. "You can't be saying that (if) you're the president," says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

Lone lawmaker crusades against the death penalty in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Hank Sanders closed his eyes, pressed his hand to his forehead and tried to recall the first time he petitioned the state of Alabama to abolish the death penalty. Was it 2000? Or maybe 1998, shortly after the American Bar Association called for a moratorium on capital punishment? The 74-year-old senator from Selma couldn't say for sure, so he asked his secretary to dig into the files.

Officer argues he's broke, asks for public defender

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The former South Carolina police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man running from a traffic stop has asked a judge to allow a publicly funded lawyer to represent him. News outlets report Michael Slager made that request Tuesday during a hearing in Charleston. Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman says he'll issue a ruling later. Slager says his family of five lives under the poverty line.

Graduation rate of black male players in NCAAs at 74 percent

The graduation rate of African-American men's basketball players from teams participating in the NCAA Tournament is 74 percent compared with 93 percent for white players. That's according to a study released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. The rate in 2016 was 75 percent. It's the first decrease since 2011, according to the study's author Dr. Richard Lapchick.

In sensation of 'Get Out,' hints of a Trump-effect

NEW YORK (AP) -- There have been monster gorillas and sharp-clawed superheroes at the box office this month, but the biggest beast of them all has been Jordan Peele's $4.5 million, race-exploding thriller "Get Out." In just 16 days, Peele's low-budget self-described "social horror" film has already crossed the $100 million mark.

Prosecutor: Film's edit of Ferguson video distorts incident

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A prosecutor was critical Monday of store surveillance footage from a new documentary about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, calling it a heavily edited attempt to distort an incident that occurred several hours before Brown died in an encounter with a police officer. Filmmaker Jason Pollock responded by calling St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch a "master of deception" and standing by the video shown in his documentary "Stranger Fruit.

White woman's use of Mardi Gras krewe blackface stirs debate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- There's blackface -- the racist, minstrel-show practice of whites imitating blacks. And there's blackface -- black Mardi Gras revelers donning outlandish garb to poke fun at that racism. And then there's blackface -- modern-day whites wearing paint and accompanying New Orleans' black Zulu krewe. But as New Orleanian Ann Tuennerman found out last month, that third blackface can still offend people in a big way.

Raphael Bostic tapped to head Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Raphael W. Bostic, a former Obama administration housing official, has been selected as the new president of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African-American to head one of the Fed's 12 regional banks. The Atlanta Fed announced the selection Monday. It said that Bostic, 50, currently a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, will take over in June. He succeeds Dennis Lockhart, who retired last month.