Temporary sign placed at University of North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- A new sign showed up at a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill building renamed two years ago to remove the name of a man who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/2nyg8vT) a sign appeared on Carolina Hall on Tuesday that read "Zora Neale Hurston Hall.

South Africa's Zuma is asked to miss activist's funeral

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday he was not attending the funeral of a South African apartheid-era leader after Ahmed Kathrada's family asked him to stay away. Kathrada died Tuesday at age 87 after being admitted for surgery linked to blood clotting on the brain. He was imprisoned for years along with Nelson Mandela for opposing the former white minority government.

Troll for the 'lulz'? A target of online abuse isn't amused

One morning near the end of her long-shot congressional campaign, 25-year-old Erin Schrode rolled over in bed, reflexively checked her cellphone -- and burst into tears. With mounting horror, she scanned a barrage of anti-Semitic emails from anonymous trolls. "Get out of my country, kike," read one. "Get to Israel to where you belong. That or the oven. Take your pick.

Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

BOSTON (AP) -- A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel's political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews at a time when anxiety over anti-Semitic activity is running high in both countries, and amid uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy toward the Jewish state under President Donald Trump.

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

PARIS (AP) -- Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday in northeast Paris for a second day of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of a Chinese man in his apartment, and police launched an internal investigation into a death that took on diplomatic implications.

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison for opposing South Africa's white minority government -- much of that time alongside the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela -- died Tuesday at age 87. Kathrada late in life became such a scathing critic of current President Jacob Zuma, even pleading with him to resign, that he requested Zuma not attend his funeral, the Mail & Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday.

Racist sword killer says he'd mulled racial attack for years

NEW YORK (AP) -- A white racist accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old stranger on a Manhattan street because he was black says he'd intended it as "a practice run" in a mission to deter interracial relationships. James Harris Jackson, 28, spoke with a reporter for the Daily News (http://nydn.us/2nXQFgo) at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex.

Prosecutors fight Cosby bid to query 2,000 potential jurors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Prosecutors in Bill Cosby's sex assault case in Pennsylvania objected Monday to defense efforts to prescreen as many as 2,000 potential jurors. They also said in a court filing that the jury should be selected weeks before the scheduled June 5 trial so jurors can prepare to be sequestered nearly 300 miles away from home.

B. Smith's husband speaks on living with wife's Alzheimer's

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- B. Smith doesn't know the day, or the month or the year. Early-onset Alzheimer's disease has robbed the former restaurateur, model, author and TV host of such luxuries. But her devastating 2013 diagnosis has created a national platform to address the disease that plagues an estimated 5.5 million Americans.

'SNL' star doesn't back away from Boston racism comment

BOSTON (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) is not backing away from comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2n34WDF) reports that the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told a Boston University crowd Thursday about how he received angry messages on social media after he made the comment on "SNL" the night before the Super Bowl.

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jewish groups had pointed to scores of bomb threats against their communities as the most dramatic example of what they considered a surge in anti-Semitism. Some blamed a far-right emboldened by President Donald Trump. Now, that picture has been complicated by the arrest of an Israeli Jewish hacker who authorities say is responsible for the harassment. Israeli police said the motive behind the threats was unclear.

Black man arrested in South for writing racist graffiti

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings. A police report says the graffiti left at the Cynthia Hurd Library on March 13 targeted black women, the police and white people.

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a fraud. Rachel Dolezal said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since her background became public in media reports, and she is uncertain about her future.

'Hidden Figures' author Shetterly receives literary prize

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An author whose book was the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie "Hidden Figures" has won an award for writing literature that promotes diversity and confronts racism. Margot Lee Shetterly's book and the namesake movie are about the contributions of a team of black women mathematicians to the NASA space program. Best-selling novelist Isabel Allende has received a lifetime achievement award. Allende's novels include "The House of the Spirits.

Correction: Whitney Biennial-Emmett Till Protest story

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a story March 23 about a protest at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Associated Press erroneously reported the length of the demonstration. Artist Parker Bright spent two days standing in front of a painting of lynching victim Emmett Till, not several days over a week. The story also used the wrong personal pronoun to refer to museum patron Elias Schultz. Schultz is male, not female.

Braves, warriors, chieftains: Oregon takes on tribal mascots

BANKS, Ore. (AP) -- This fall, the football team in the tiny Oregon logging town of Banks will once again take the field as the Braves. But this time, they have the approval of the tribe that originally inhabited the area. It's one of many changes in the works this spring across Oregon prompted by the nation's long-running uproar over Native American sports mascots.

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States. The surprising arrest of the man, a hacker who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, came after a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies. U.S.

Police: Random racist violence ends in death of black man

NEW YORK (AP) -- One was a neighborly black man who lived in a rooming house in New York's Garment District, liked to collect autographs outside Broadway's theaters, struck up a Twitter friendship with a Hollywood actress and took photos of himself with Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. The other was a white Army veteran from outside Baltimore who was raised in what was described as a churchgoing and liberal family and served in Afghanistan.

Arabs protest UN's withdrawal of Israel 'apartheid' report

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An Arab delegation met with the U.N. secretary-general Wednesday to protest what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour called the "bullying tactics and intimidation" that led to U.N. withdrawal of a report that accused Israel of establishing an "apartheid regime." Mansour said the meeting with U.N. chief Antonio Guterres "was not a pleasant experience for all of us," following the secretary-general's order to remove the report from the U.N.