• Kiev's Derlis Gonzalez, center left, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group G soccer match between FC Porto and Dynamo Kiev at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

    Dynamo Kiev gets empty stadium order for racist fan attacks

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA ordered Dynamo Kiev to play two home games in an empty stadium after racist attacks on fans at a Champions League match.

  • President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl.”

  • In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

    Chicago officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing that many people fear could spark unrest.

  • 16 Arthur Ashe artifacts could fetch up to $120K at auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — Artifacts reflecting the public and private life of Arthur Ashe are going on the auction block. They include speech notes on AIDS awareness and the jacket he wore at an anti-apartheid protest — among the causes the tennis great and humanitarian championed during his lifetime.

  • In this Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, file photo, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, right, leads his players from the locker room to the field before an NCAA college football game between Missouri and BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Pinkel stood by his players as they protested against University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe's handling of racial tensions at the school. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT, THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

    A boycott’s birth: How the Missouri race protests began

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — On the day he met with black players for the University of Missouri’s football team, graduate student Jonathan Butler hadn’t eaten for six days.

  • In this Oct. 16, 2015 picture, funeral director John Williams turns away after placing a casket containing the remains of a man who died of natural causes in a hearse in Baltimore. Coming off of the most violent year in the city's recent history, Williams has buried more bodies -- many of them young black men, many gunned down in the city’s west side -- than ever before. In a normal month, he might do three funerals. This past summer, he buried two people a week. Some died naturally, of illness or old age. Most showed up pierced by knives or bullets. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Post-mortem: Burying the dead in a most violent year

    BALTIMORE (AP) — In the corner of his office, John Williams set down a gilded headstone that was in the shape of a teddy bear. Williams had just made it to honor an 8-month old child killed by his father — one of the sad tasks he performs as a director of a funeral parlor in a city riddled by violence.

  • Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, poses for a photo on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Minneapolis. Levy-Pounds has been at the forefront of demonstrations alleging excessive police force against African-Americans, most recently the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis on Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

    Minneapolis protest leader shakes up civil rights politics

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As days of protests unfolded following last weekend’s shooting death of a black man by Minneapolis police, one prominent leader was a woman who had already been shaking up racial politics in the city.

  • Protesters keep warm near a fire pit in the street outside the Black Lives Matter encampment, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in front of the Minneapolis Police Department's Fourth Precinct in Minneapolis. The fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man, by a Minneapolis police officer, has pushed racial tensions in the city's small but concentrated minority community to the fore, with the police precinct besieged by the makeshift encampment and many protesters. A candle light vigil was planned for the evening. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Activists press for answers after Minnesota police shooting

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered outside a Minneapolis police precinct on a cold Friday night to call for peace and release of videos after a black man was fatally shot by an officer.

  • In this Nov. 9, 2015 file photo, Misty Copeland attends the 25th annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York. Grand Central Life & Style, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, announced Thursday, Nov. 19, that Copeland’s “Ballerina Body” is scheduled for 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Dancer Misty Copeland writing health-and-fitness book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dancer Misty Copeland is working on a health-and-fitness book.

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 photo, Jeremiah Ellison, center right, son of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, stands near police during a protest at the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct building in Minneapolis. People were protesting the fatal shooting of Jamal Clark by Minneapolis police on Sunday. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

    Minneapolis police shooting puts spotlight on racial tension

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Civil rights leaders appealed Thursday for Minneapolis police to exercise restraint but the head of the police union said officers should get tougher with protesters after a night of tense confrontations over the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer.