Mysterious Missing Parts of Malcolm X's Autobiography Found
8/2/2018 8:03:33 PM

By Verena Dobnik   NEW YORK (AP)—For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th century book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965? The answer came on Thursday, when an unpublished manuscript of a chapter titled “The Negro” was sold by Guernsey's auction house in Manhattan—for $7,000. “We are like the Western deserts; tumbleweed, rolling and tumbling...

Auctioneer: Rosa Parks House Has Buyers, Working Out Details
8/2/2018 8:01:02 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)—The auctioneer selling the house where Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats said after the auction on Thursday there are buyers interested, but it will take a few days to work out the details. The house was included in an auction by Guernsey's in New York as part of a larger sale of African-American cultural and historic items. It was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million, with a presale estimate of $1 million to $3 million. It didn't sell during the auction, but Arlan Ettinger, of Guernsey's, said he was...

Analysis: For Fans, Winning Trumps Pitcher's Racist Comments
8/2/2018 7:58:35 PM

By Errin Haines Whack   SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly a week after he was cheered in the wake of his years-old racist, sexist and homophobic tweets resurfacing, Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader took the mound in San Francisco last Thursday night to boos. After the game, Hader continued to express regret for his actions and his desire to move forward as a teammate, but he also offered a familiar excuse—pointing to the incident as a youthful mistake. “I can't control what they're going to say to me,” Hader told reporters. “I've made...

Man Gets Home Detention in Maxine Waters Threat
7/20/2018 2:43:40 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles man who threatened to kill Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in a profanity-laced voicemail has been sentenced to six months of home detention. Anthony Scott Lloyd also was sentenced Monday to three years' probation and 100 hours of community service. The 45-year-old Lloyd pleaded guilty in April to threatening a U.S. official. Last October, Lloyd left a voicemail at Waters' office telling her that if she continued threatening President Donald Trump, “we'll kill you,” and “You're dead.” Lloyd also used a racial...

CVS Apologizes After Managers Call Cops on Black Customer
7/20/2018 2:41:27 PM

CHICAGO—CVS Health is apologizing after a Black customer says white store managers in Chicago accused her of trying to use a phony coupon. Camilla Hudson posted cellphone video of one of the managers appearing nervous. Morry Matson's left hand shakes as he calls police around 11:30 p.m. Friday. The 53-year-old Hudson says another manager directly challenged her when she tried to use a manufacturer's coupon for a free product. She tells The Associated Press that he was “hostile.” The Facebook video shows Matson talking to police on the phone. No action...

Grief, Hope Over News that Emmett Till Case Reopened
7/20/2018 2:39:20 PM

By Tramon Lucas and Beatrice Jin   WASHINGTON—At the Smithsonian museum dedicated to Black history, visitors waited patiently Thursday to see Emmett Till's glass-topped casket. The line wound past an adjacent theater and a segregation-era railway car. Barbara Whiting emerged from the exhibit and paused. “This (country) was Emmett Till's home, and he wasn't allowed to live his life. It's unfair,” she said. Till's fate was very much on the minds of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture,...

Papa John's Is Pulling Founder's Image from its Marketing
7/20/2018 2:38:08 PM

By Candice Choi   NEW YORK—Papa John's, which has featured founder John Schnatter in logos and TV ads, is pulling his image from its marketing after reports he used a racial slur.á His face was off at least some materials by late morning Friday, though the company said the details and exact timing for everything were still being worked out. The pizza chain said there are no plans to change its name. Schnatter,áwho has long been the face of the brand, is still on the board and is the company's largest shareholder _ámeaning he remains a...

As Areas Gentrify, Black Churches Lose Their Base, Depart
7/20/2018 2:31:11 PM

By Kristin E. Holmes   PHILADELPHIA—Until a few years ago, the greatest threat to the future of the 99-year-old New Light Beulah Baptist Church in Philadelphia's Graduate Hospital neighborhood was a thunderstorm that barreled through on a Thursday evening, ripping off part of the roof. The raging downpour in June 2010 flooded the sanctuary, rendering the church uninhabitable. Yet, the determined congregation restored its house of worship at a cost of $250,000, and a year later moved back to the corner of 17th and Bainbridge to resume its ministry. But the...

Jared Kushner's Family Firm Accused of Pushing Out Tenants
7/20/2018 2:28:52 PM

By Bernard Condon and Garance Burke   NEW YORK—The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner's family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out normal conversation, so violent it rattled pictures off the walls. So much dust wafted through ducts and under doorways that it coated beds and clothes in closets. Rats crawled through holes in the walls. More than a dozen current...

Ex-Officer Involved in Rodney King Beating Charged with DUI
7/12/2018 9:46:46 PM

SANTA CLARITA (AP)—A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the beating of Black motorist Rodney King is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors on Thursday confirmed that 67-year-old Stacey Koon faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly crashing his truck into a parked pickup truck on May 1 in the Castaic area northwest of Los Angeles. Koon wasn't hurt. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. Koon and three other LAPD officers were charged with using excessive force for a 1991 videotaped beating of King...