• In this Sept. 27, 2016 photo, Godfrey Dillard, left, and Perry Wallace take part in a lecture at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. A half-century after Wallace became the first black basketball player in the Southeastern conference, he and former teammate Dillard, returned to the campus as part of a campus-wide discussion on race this year at the elite, private southern university. It’s a significant milestone in what has been Vanderbilt’s long, sometimes painful journey to become more diverse.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Men broke key race barrier, now back on Vanderbilt campus

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men who helped integrate college basketball came back to Vanderbilt University this week to share provocative views on the pace of change, take up matters they rarely dared to address as students, and describe the racism they encountered on their journey — indignities they once endured in silence on the Southern campus.

  • Members of the alternative country band Drive-By Truckers, from left, Brad Morgan, Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton pose for a photo, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, before playing a show in Seattle. The band's latest album  "American Band," was released on Friday.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    A topical disc from rock ‘n’ roll’s Southern conscience

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two shootings nearly 85 years apart drove the creation of the Drive-By Truckers’ pointed new music.

  • Highlands University gets new federal STEM grants

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A new federal grant aimed to help women and Latino students at Highlands University earn degrees in science and technology.

  • Police shooting audio appears to back up officer statements

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A top North Carolina legislator is warning that a judge likely will force Charlotte’s mayor to release all videos chronicling an officer’s fatal shooting of a black man last week unless she makes them public before a new law takes effect Saturday.

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  • In this Sept. 7, 2016 photo, Monique Causey holds a portrait of her 14-year-old Malik, who was shot on Aug. 21, 2016, at her home in Chicago. August was the deadliest month for Chicago homicides in two decades, and an analysis of the toll shows more clearly than ever that the blame lies with surging violence in a handful of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods riven by loosely organized street gangs. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

    Why is Chicago a murder capital? Clues from a bloody month

    CHICAGO (AP) — An analysis of the homicide toll in Chicago in August — the deadliest month in the city in two decades — shows more clearly than ever who’s dying in the slaughter and what’s behind it.

  • PSV's Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, right, struggles for a ball with Rostov's Moussa Doumbia during the Champions League Group D soccer match between Rostov and PSV Eindhoven, in Rostov-on-Don, Southern Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Str)

    Anti-racism group reports banana at Champions League game

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian club FC Rostov is likely to face a UEFA disciplinary case for fan racism after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven.

  • This Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo shows the Capitol building reflected in the Capitol Reflecting Pool at sunrise in Washington. The 2016 presidential campaign has underscored an economic paradox: Financially, black Americans and Hispanics are far worse off than whites, yet polls show minorities are more likely than whites to believe in the American Dream. And they are less anxious about the outcome of the election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is black and working class.

  • Soft drink and soda bottles are displayed in a refrigerator at El Ahorro market in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. In November 2016, voters in San Francisco and Oakland will consider a penny per ounce tax on sugar laden drinks such as bottled cola, sports drinks and iced teas in November. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    US soda-tax battle bubbles up in San Francisco Bay Area

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The national fight over sugary soda is bubbling up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where voters in November will consider a tax on the drinks that many health experts say contribute to diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.

  • John Carlos, left, and Tommie Smith smile during an event in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Carlos and Smith voiced their support for Colin Kaepernick and other athletes staging national anthem protests, 48 years after they raised their gloved fists on the podium in a symbolic protest at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

    Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality.

  • Protesters confront a line of police outside Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. The Carolina Panthers hosted an NFL football game with the Minnesota Vikings at the stadium. When the national anthem was played, the protesters all dropped to one knee as many NFL players have been doing for weeks to call attention to issues, including police shootings. (Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

    Friend: ‘No hate’ in Charlotte officer who shot black man

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Before he became known as the police officer who fatally shot a black man, sparking days of protests in North Carolina’s largest city, friends knew Brent Vinson as someone who naturally ascended into leadership, a former college football player with a peacemaker’s heart.