• 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.

  • 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 Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis waves from inside his car after arriving at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Pope Francis follows his predecessors next week Nov. 25-30, 2015 to visit Africa whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal amid secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism, in a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a “new homeland” for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname “the African.” Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

  • 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.

  • Juan Luis Guerra accepts the award for best contemporary tropical album for "Todo Tiene Su Hora" at the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello]/Invision/AP)

    Lafourcade wins 4 Latin Grammys, Guerra takes 3

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Natalia Lafourcade was the big winner Thursday at the Latin Grammy Awards, making good on four of her five nominations for her album “Hasta la Raiz.” But the Mexican singer-songwriter lost out on the top prize, album of the year, which went to Dominican bachata artist Juan Luis Guerra for “Todo Tiene su Hora.”

  • 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.