• Ukraine handed 1-game stadium ban for racism

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine was ordered to play a game behind closed doors as part of a UEFA punishment for racist behavior at last month’s European Championship qualifier against Spain.

  • In this July 13, 2015 photo, during a visit with her birth mother and other family, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, adoptee Mariette Williams shows pictures of herself, made when she was living at a Haitian orphanage in the mid 80's. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Mariette was reunited with her birth mother. Mariette was adopted by a Canadian couple in October 1986. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A search for family in Haiti raises questions about adoption

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — As Mariette Williams waited for her flight from South Florida to Haiti, she paced the departure lounge, folding and re-folding her ticket and clutching the handle of a bag sagging with gifts. She was excited but terrified: For the first time in nearly 30 years, she was about to see her mother.

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  • Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells at a Chicago police officer "Shoot me 16 times" as he and others march through Chicago's Loop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, one day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    The Latest: Friday’s protest to target main shopping area

    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

  • 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.

  • Vietnam’s transgender say new law paves way for surgeries

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.

  • 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.

  • Aberdeen schools settle lawsuit with former basketball coach

    ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — Former Aberdeen High School basketball coach Roy Hazzle accepted $15,000 to settle his discrimination lawsuit against the Aberdeen School District.

  • This photo provided by The Weinstein Company shows, Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird in a scene from the film, "Carol." The film was released on Friday, Nov. 20. (Wilson Webb/The Weinstein Company via AP)

    With lessons for today, movies bring back the ’50s

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas. Battles over First Amendment rights. Simmering tensions of inequality.

  • 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.

  • Former Iowa State University employee Dennis Smith, of Des Moines, Iowa, stands in his home, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State last year paid $650,000 to settle Smith’s lawsuit alleging he was retaliated against by superiors, including subjected to a lengthy threat assessment investigation. The case is one example of the challenges facing university threat assessment teams, which were formed on many campuses after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Effectiveness of college threat assessment teams is debated

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the fall semester began, communications professor and campus jester Kembrew McLeod organized a parody news conference to poke fun at the University of Iowa’s governing board, expecting annoyed administrators might show up.