'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline -- so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her U.N. agency at the request of 18 Arab member states accused Israel of having established an apartheid regime designed to dominate the Palestinian people as a whole.

Congressman Cummings to speak at Florence NAACP dinner

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is the key speaker at an NAACP fundraiser in Florence. The Florence chapter of the NAACP says the Maryland Democrat will speak Friday at its annual Freedom Fund Dinner. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center. Cummings has represented Maryland's 7th District for 20 years. The Baltimore native is the ranking member of the U.S. House's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Ground broken for Jackie Robinson Museum after 10-year wait

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ground was broken for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait -- matching the length of the Hall of Famer's barrier-breaking major league career. Rachel Robinson, the 94-year-old widow of the Brooklyn Dodgers star, attended Thursday's ceremony in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and former National League President Len Coleman. "There are a lot of American heroes.

Aide: Blacks not trying hard enough to work with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump's liaison to the black community, the former "Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault, says African-American activists aren't trying hard enough to work with the new administration. The White House aide delivered the pointed message in an interview with The Associated Press in advance of an appearance Thursday at the annual convention of an activist organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Florida Senate apologizes for 68-year-old racial injustice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Senate formally apologized on Thursday to the families of four black men accused of raping a white teenager nearly seven decades ago in a case now seen as a racial injustice. The Senate also is asking Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet to posthumously pardon the men known as the Groveland Four. The Florida House issued the same apology last week. Both votes were unanimous.

Suspect charged with 3 counts of murder in Fresno rampage

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The black suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno was charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of white men he targeted randomly on the street, prosecutors said. The charges come just over a week after Kori Ali Muhammad was charged with killing a white motel security guard days before the rampage.

White man gets 15 years for shooting 5 black men at protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A white Minnesota man who was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday for shooting and wounding five black protesters said he'll live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life, but stopped short of apologizing. Allen Scarsella's sentence of 15 years and two months was short of prosecutors' request for the maximum 20 years but within state guidelines.

Fox anchor says network does little about racial diversity

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Fox News Channel anchor who is black has joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against his company, saying Wednesday that the network marginalized him and has little interest in promoting diversity. Kelly Wright, who primarily works an overnight shift at Fox, said at an emotional news conference that his efforts at promoting diversity at Fox have largely failed.

Central players in Rodney King riots and where they are now

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some of the key players have died. Others have gone on quietly with their lives in the 25 years since a jury acquitted four white police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. Days of deadly rioting began almost immediately after jurors set the officers free on April 29, 1992. Here are snapshots of King and the others who had prominent roles in those events.

APNewsBreak: Boston police make little progress on race gap

BOSTON (AP) -- The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in its tactics. At least 71 percent of all street level, police-civilian encounters from 2015 through early 2016 involved persons of color, while whites comprised about 22 percent, an Associated Press review of the most recently available data shows.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) -- An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

White-power groups banding together, but for how long?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- White extremists, almost by nature, are seldom good at working together. Creating consensus among white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and the like is akin to herding rattlesnakes, given the caustic personalities often involved. Members typically get mad at each other and split, sometimes within days, resulting in the near-constant creation of new groups and a churning of both leaders and followers.

Beyonce to fund scholarships for women at 4 colleges

Beyonce is marking the anniversary of her album "Lemonade" by announcing scholarships for women to attend selected colleges. The singer announced that her Formation Scholars Award will go to one female student at each of four schools. The schools are Boston's Berklee College of Music, New York's Parsons School of Design and two historically black colleges, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta's Spelman College.

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.