Iconic pen used by military, made by blind people turns 50

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Clifford Alexander scoops a handful of black ballpoint pens, drops them into a small box and shakes it with a blackjack dealer's nonchalance. He slides in the next handful to make an exact dozen, and sends the box down the assembly line.

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  • Written by By JONATHAN DREW , Associated Press

What's your emergency? 911 a different call for black, white

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two recent encounters at a Philadelphia Starbucks and a Pennsylvania golf club that led to allegations of racism against black patrons escalated into full-blown confrontations when people decided to call 911 to report incidents that clearly weren't emergencies.

  • Written by By ERRIN HAINES WHACK , AP National Writer

AP FACT CHECK: MS-13 gang arrests at border are up this year


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is emphasizing the menace of the transnational MS-13 gang in explaining why the National Guard troops requested by President Donald Trump are needed at the border with Mexico.

  • Written by By PAUL J. WEBER , Associated Press