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Fire chief placed on leave amid racial insensitivity probe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:33:07 -0700

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut fire chief has been placed on paid leave after an investigation faulted him for racial insensitivity and concluded minority firefighters have a reason to perceive racial bias in the department. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart on Thursday placed Fire Chief Thomas Ronalter on leave effective Friday and expects […]

UN chief: Saudi coalition attacks killed children in Yemen

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:33:04 -0700

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in a draft report that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for more than half the children killed and injured in Yemen’s civil war last year. The report, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, said the United Nations verified 1,340 casualties and attributed 683 — representing 51 percent […]

Confederate monuments not limited to the Old South

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:28:07 -0700

Confederate monuments aren’t just located in parks and cemeteries in the states of the Old South. Most of the 11 Southern states that seceded prior to and during the Civil War have rebel monuments on or near the grounds of their state Capitol buildings. In Montgomery, Alabama, where the Confederacy was formed in 1861, statues, […]

In backing white nationalists in Virginia, the ACLU ends up defending ‘groups we detest’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:25:50 -0700

The rights group’s defense of a planned rally in Virginia, before the violence, has parallels to its seminal role in a proposed neo-Nazi gathering in Skokie, Illinois, in 1977.

Confederate memorials: Versions of history

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:16:40 -0700

As an American Indian it would be demoralizing and marginalizing to have monuments or statues of George Armstrong Custer, Andrew Jackson or Isaac Stevens placed on our reservations. They’d be constant reminders of whose version of history is promoted, neglecting that there’s another side of the story that is equally valid. Romayne Watt, Redmond

Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:16:04 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. is entering a church in Manhattan with her three children to seek refuge from immigration authorities. Amanda Morales says she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her Thursday morning appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She has […]

Golden glow gone amid scandal, USA Gymnastics faces change

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:04:08 -0700

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — On the floor of the Honda Center, the USA Gymnastics championships are imbued with a sense of normalcy and routine. Of tumbling runs and coaching tweaks. Of blaring music and chalk dust. Of leaps and leotards. Of the search for who’s next. There is no sign of an organization in crisis […]

3 pension funds sue 6 big banks over stock-lending business

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:03:03 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Three public pension funds are suing six Wall Street banks, saying the banks overcharged investors in what’s known as the stock loan market. The suit is being brought by the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Orange County Employees Retirement System and the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association. Those being sued […]

Regulators propose $183M settlement with student loan firm

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:54:02 -0700

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed a $183.3 million settlement with a student loan company that authorities allege engaged in predatory lending practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit and settlement against Aequitas Capital Management, a private equity fund that purchased or funded $230 million in loans to students at Corinthian […]

Hate groups: Nonviolent mockery

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:53:55 -0700

I wish to congratulate Danny Westneat on his excellent column “Stop feeding the neo-Nazi beast.” Mark Twain once said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” Those of the alt-right fear neither curses nor blows, even to the point of death. But the one thing, and the only thing, […]

Drug-use deaths: Fund treatment

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:50:30 -0700

The University of Washington’s recent report on drug-use deaths underscores the urgency of improving our response and services for those struggling with substance use. Criminalizing and ostracizing has generated tragic results for the whole region. The current system turns away young adults and families who are desperately seeking treatment until they’re in a state of […]

Jefferson Davis estate offered as new home for monuments

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:48:03 -0700

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The final home of the president of the Confederacy is being offered as a new home for Confederate monuments. Beauvoir, a beachside estate on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, was Jefferson Davis’ retirement home. Now it’s a privately run museum in Biloxi. Its director issued a statement Thursday offering to take monuments […]

Chile’s energy transformation is powered by wind, sun and volcanoes

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:45:37 -0700

The nation’s rapidly expanding clean energy grid is one of the most ambitious in a region that is decisively moving beyond fossil fuels. Chile, Mexico and Brazil are now among the top-10 renewable energy markets in the world.

Haunted by legacy, Red Sox owner wants to rename Yawkey Way

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:37:11 -0700

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to erase what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub’s history of racial intolerance. Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he welcomes changing the name of the street that honors […]

2 charities cancel Mar-a-Lago events amid Trump backlash

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:36:02 -0700

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two major charities are canceling fundraisers at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort as the president faces a backlash from his comments about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Cleveland Clinic says in a statement that it decided not to hold is annual event there after “careful consideration” of a number of issues. […]

Galicia’s wild horse roundup runs headlong into modernity

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:31:54 -0700

Since medieval times, the people of Galicia have ritually rounded up the horses that roam wild in the green forests and hills of northwestern Spain. But like many traditions, the roundup is colliding with modern sensibilities.

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:24:13 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy’s second-ranking admiral said Thursday. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told reporters that the top […]

Interactive: Breaking down Seattle’s mayoral primary, with an eye on November

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:22:05 -0700

Jenny Durkan won wide swaths of Seattle in the Aug. 1 primary for mayor, precinct-level data shows. Cary Moon carved out some strongholds. We examine the candidates’ results, the voters’ turnout, what it all might mean in the general election.

Michigan State University rejects white nationalist event

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:20:04 -0700

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University has denied a request to rent space to a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer. The university said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made “due to significant concerns about public safety.” It cites last weekend’s “tragic violence” in Charlottesville, Virginia. Michigan State officials say they […]

Browns coach Jackson clarifies comments on anthem protests

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:17:03 -0700

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson said comments he made earlier in the week about players protesting during the national anthem were misconstrued. Jackson was criticized — most notably by Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe — for appearing to discourage his players for displaying any form of protest prior to games. Jackson wanted […]