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In a California gold rush town, some Black families are fighting for land taken from their ancestors

Jul. 20, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

COLOMA, Calif. (AP) — In a tiny town where the California gold rush began, Black families are seeking restitution for land that was taken from their ancestors to make way for a state park now frequented by fourth graders learning about the state's history. Their efforts in Coloma,...

Legal fight continues with appeals over proposed immigration initiative for Arizona Nov. 5 ballot

Jul. 19, 2024 19:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fight to keep a proposed border initiative off Arizona’s Nov. 5 ballot is not over yet. Immigrant advocates kept the issue alive this week by filing notice to the state Supreme Court that they will appeal the judge’s ruling. A Maricopa County...

What Usha Vance's rise to prominence means to other South Asian and Hindu Americans

Jul. 19, 2024 19:44 PM EDT

Usha Chilukuri Vance, entered the spotlight this week as the wife of JD Vance, former President Donald Trump's running mate in the 2024 presidential election. Her rise comes at a time when, across the aisle, there's another prominent figure of South Asian descent: Vice President...

Mississippi's new Episcopal bishop is first woman and first Black person in that role

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is being formally installed Saturday, and she is first woman and first Black person to hold the post. The Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells was elected bishop in February and has been in the leadership role since...

Maryland announces civil lawsuit in case involving demands of sex for rent

Jul. 19, 2024 15:56 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general filed a civil lawsuit on Friday against an Eastern Shore landlord and his company, alleging a pattern of gender-based housing discrimination involving sexual harassment and demands to exchange sex for rent. The lawsuit, which was...

University of Florida president Ben Sasse is resigning after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy

Jul. 19, 2024 14:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida president Ben Sasse, a controversial pick almost two years ago when he was named to lead one of the top public universities in the U.S., plans to leave his position to focus on taking care of his family after his wife was diagnosed with epilepsy. ...

How boot camps are helping to address the historic gap in internet access on US tribal lands

Jul. 19, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

There’s a home movie theater with orange walls and plush recliners at the top of a steep hill on Matthew Rantanen’s ranch in Southern California. But on a recent afternoon, people weren’t flocking to the room to watch a movie or to escape the scorching heat, they were shining a beam of light...

Mississippi can wait to reset legislative districts that dilute Black voting strength, judges say

Jul. 18, 2024 16:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi can wait until next year to redraw some of its legislative districts to replace ones where Black voting power is currently diluted, three federal judges said Thursday. The decision updates a timeline from the judges, who issued a ruling July 2 that...

Group says photos of reclusive tribe on Peru beach show logging concessions are 'dangerously close'

Jul. 18, 2024 16:08 PM EDT

An advocacy group for Indigenous peoples has released photographs of a reclusive tribe's members searching for food on a beach in the Peruvian Amazon, calling it evidence that logging concessions are “dangerously close” to the tribe's territory. Survival International said the...

City council approves a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark — and the existing site's transformation

Jul. 18, 2024 15:54 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are on track to get a long-sought new ballpark following a city council vote Thursday on a major redevelopment project that also guarantees the team will stay where it is for at least 30 years. The ballpark is part of a broader $6.5...