Social issues

March 01, 2018 - 1:10 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar-nominated live-action short "DeKalb Elementary" seems more relevant than ever following the recent events in Parkland, Florida. Writer and director Reed Van Dyk based his film on a 911 call from a 2013 incident in Atlanta where an elementary school's bookkeeper talked...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 1:07 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House has OK'd a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by the governor to end a walkout by the state's teachers though schools in all 55 counties plan to stay closed Thursday. House approval of Gov. Jim Justice's proposed raise came on a 98-1 vote Wednesday evening...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie gives the keynote address at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie has issued an apology amid anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct that surfaced on the internet in the past week. The Seattle Times reports that Alexie released a statement, saying: “Over the years, I have done things that have harmed other people, including those I love most deeply.” (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 01, 2018 - 1:00 am
SEATTLE (AP) — Sherman Alexie, a prominent author in the Pacific Northwest, issued an apology Wednesday amid anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct. "Over the years, I have done things that have harmed other people, including those I love most deeply," Alexie said in a statement released late...
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Jennyerin Steele Staats, a special education teacher from Jackson County holds her sign aloft outside of the capitol building after WVEA President Dale Lee outlined the terms for ending the walkout on the fourth day of statewide walkouts in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Striking teachers are to return to the classroom on Thursday, Justice said in announcing he is offering teachers and school service personnel a revised 5 percent pay raise in the first year to end their statewide walkout. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
March 01, 2018 - 12:50 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's House approved a 5 percent pay raise negotiated by Gov. Jim Justice to end a walkout by West Virginia teachers though schools in all of its 55 counties planned to stay closed Thursday. House approval 98-1 of the proposed raise came Wednesday evening. The...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride takes the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Activist groups are turning to television ads to pressure the White House into allowing transgender people to keep serving in the military. McBride, Human Rights Campaign's spokeswoman, said it's a "critical window of time" to take the fight directly to the White House. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
March 01, 2018 - 12:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Activist groups are turning to television ads — including on President Donald Trump's go-to station, Fox News — to pressure the White House into allowing transgender people to keep serving in the military. Trump has vowed to ban transgender troops from serving. He'll be able to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture with Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy Carson in Washington. A poll shows just over half of Americans think that black people face hurdles to progress in the United States. The new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, also found that nearly half, including three-quarters of African Americans themselves, think President Donald Trump's policies are making matters worse. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 01, 2018 - 12:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Large numbers of Americans say they think President Donald Trump's policies have made things worse for African-Americans, Hispanics and Muslims. And more than half say the president himself is a racist. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research...
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File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that what Schaaf did was "no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood." (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)
March 01, 2018 - 12:20 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About 800 "criminals" avoided immigration arrests because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the public to the surprise operation, an extraordinarily high number of missed targets, according to a federal official. Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting...
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FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego. President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to prevent construction of a border wall with Mexico in California that the state sued to stop, his latest attack on the state over its positions on immigration enforcement. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat, File)
March 01, 2018 - 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at California on Wednesday, threatened to prevent construction of a border wall in a state that sued to stop it. In a puzzling early-morning tweet, Trump said he "decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, customers shop for food at Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart says it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21. The retailer's new policy comes after Dick's Sporting Goods announced earlier Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, that it would restrict the sale of firearms to those under 21 years old. It didn't mention ammunition. Walmart says the decision came after a review of its firearm sales policy in light of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
February 28, 2018 - 11:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell firearms and ammunition to people younger than 21 and would also remove items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. The move comes after Dick's Sporting Goods announced earlier in the day that it would restrict the...
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This undated photo provided by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office shows Jesse Randal Davidson. Social studies teacher Davidson barricaded himself inside a classroom at Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, and fired a handgun, sending students running outside or hunkering down in darkened gym locker rooms, authorities said. (Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
February 28, 2018 - 11:18 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — When a gunshot was fired from a classroom in the north Georgia mountains and police identified the gunman as a teacher, it immediately pierced the national debate over whether educators should be armed. Hours after police arrested Dalton High School social studies teacher Jesse...
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