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Monument to emancipation unveiled, dedicated in Virginia

Sep. 23, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A monument that honors Virginians who fought against slavery and for freedom has been dedicated in the former capital of the Confederacy. The Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission unveiled its Emancipation and Freedom Monument to a...

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

Sep. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal grand jury in Tampa formally charged Bladimir Moreno, Christina Gamez and...

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history was highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighed two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be...

District: Missouri students posted slavery petition online

Sep. 22, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in a suburban Kansas City school district are investigating after a small group of students posted a petition online calling for the return of slavery. The petition came to light last week after the students at Park Hill South High School...

UN anti-racism event, rejected by some, recommits to goals

Sep. 22, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts to combat racism around the world, commemorating a landmark but contentious 2001 anti-racism conference by holding an anniversary meeting once again riven with divisions. Looking back...

Workers reinstall Wisconsin statues downed in 2020 protest

Sep. 21, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin workers reinstalled two statues Tuesday on the state Capitol grounds that protesters ripped down during a demonstration last year in the wake of George Floyd's death. Workers reinstalled a 9-foot-6-inch statue of Wisconsin abolitionist...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

TV actor Allison Mack enters prison in NXIVM sex slave case

Sep. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader. Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close...

Bloomington panel backs Black family's name for Jordan Ave

Sep. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington's Plan Commission has endorsed renaming the city's portion of Jordan Avenue after a Black family that rose to prominence after escaping slavery instead of a 19th century Indiana University president who supported eugenics. The...

Advocates, 2 women sue in bid to close Nevada legal brothels

Sep. 13, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A national advocacy group and a Nevada lawyer have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit aimed at convincing a judge the nation’s only legal brothels are dens of illegal sex trafficking and unconstitutional slavery. The case filed Friday in Las Vegas by...