Judge won't kick decision in Smollett case to another judge

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to have a judge outside Chicago consider whether to appoint a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case. Judge Michael Toomin said ...

AP Exclusive: Europe's far-right wooing the young

BOKRIJK, Belgium (AP) — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. ...

AP Exclusive: Europe's far-right parties wooing the young

BOKRIJK, Belgium (AP) — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. ...

Racial slur in prom proposal draws school principal's ire

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — A social media photo showing two Southern California high school students laughing while displaying a prom proposal poster containing a racial slur against black pe...

CFPB official whose racist writings stirred ire resigns

NEW YORK (AP) — A Trump administration appointee at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who came under fire after racist comments he wrote years ago resurfaced is leaving the agency. ...

Gaza singers protest Israel hosting Eurovision

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian singers are protesting Israel's hosting of the Eurovision song contest by performing on the rubble of a building destroyed in recent fighting in the Gaza Strip...

'Empire' will go 1 more season, Smollett's future is unclear

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network says "Empire" will be back this fall for its final season. But Fox executives in announcing the 2019-20 season say that Jussie Smollett's future in th...

French soccer looking to stop homophobia in stadiums

PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Oft...

Crystal Palace doctor racially abused before season finale

LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace's club doctor has said he and his family were racially abused by a young child near Selhurst Park ahead of the team's 5-3 home victory over Bournemouth on Sunday. ...

Egyptian actress faces backlash after appearing in blackface

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian actress is facing a backlash after appearing on a TV prank show in blackface in a demeaning imitation of a Sudanese woman. In an episode of the "Shaklabaz" p...

AP Interview: Oates haunted by family denial of Jewish roots

JERUSALEM (AP) — American author Joyce Carol Oates says her family's denial of its Jewish roots haunted her for decades and has shaped her into the famously prolific writer she is today. ...

Anti-abortion rally blasts lawmaker who badgered protesters

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of anti-abortion protesters packed the street outside a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday to object to a state legislator's recent treatment of demonstrators at the site an...

Facebook and France haggle over regulating online hate

PARIS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron as the tech giant and France try to pioneer ways of fighting hate speech and violent extremism online. ...

Gunman told 911 'I just shot up a synagogue' after attack

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As the 19-year-old college student sped away in his 2012 Honda Civic, he dialed 911 and said: "I just shot up a synagogue." He told the dispatcher that he thought he...

Federal judges find retirement offers easy way out of probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest way for federal judges facing investigation by their peers to make the inquiry go away is to utter two words: "I quit." That's how appellate judges Mary...