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International Mariachi Conference to go virtual amid virus

Aug. 10, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — An international mariachi conference that brings student musicians across the country and Mexico to New Mexico will go virtual this year. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports organizers with the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference decided to gather online as cases of COVID-19...

Fire hits historic New Mexico bathhouse, under investigation

Aug. 10, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

OJO CALIENTE, N.M. (AP) — A fire that torched a historic New Mexico bathhouse built in the 1800s remains under investigation. Investigators say a blaze Thursday destroyed the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in northern New Mexico after crews battled the fire for hours. Taos County Fire Chief...

Group wants to make SC city take down Confederate monument

Aug. 7, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group fighting for racial justice and the removal of Confederate statues is suing a South Carolina city, trying to force them to go through with a plan to remove a Confederate statue from a courthouse lawn. Orangeburg City Council voted to remove the statue from outside the...

Panel recommends Confederate statue remains on historic list

Aug. 6, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel has recommended that a Confederate statue remain on the National Register of Historic Places even after it is moved from a public space to private property. The statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier has been in downtown Bentonville since 1908 and listed on the...

In this May, 2020, photo provided by the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, DeCora Hawk poses for a photo as community engagement director at the Thunder Valley CDC on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Hawk works to organize cleaning supplies that were sent to elderly residents on the reservation. (Thunder Valley CDC Staff via AP)

On Pine Ridge, preserving language means protecting elders

Aug. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As the pandemic affects the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, one local community organization is doing everything it can to help people stay at home, fearing that the pandemic could take a disproportionate toll on an elderly population that maintains the language and culture of...

7 Tennessee sites added to Register of Historic Places

Aug. 3, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A church, a turnpike and two bridges are among seven Tennessee sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Historical Commission said in a news release Wednesday that the seven properties have been deemed cultural resources worthy of preservation....

Panel declines to approve demolition of closed church

Aug. 2, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An architectural panel in Philadelphia has declined to approve demolition of a shuttered 19th-century church sought by the New Jersey developer who bought the building earlier this year but says the crumbling structure faces imminent collapse. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the...

Terri Donelson, left, and her husband, Stephen, walk up their driveway to see friends and family awaiting him at his home in Midlothian, Texas on Friday, June 19, 2020, after his 90-day stay in the Zale Hospital on the UT Southwestern Campus. Donelson’s family hadn’t left the house in two weeks after COVID-19 started spreading in Texas, hoping to shield the organ transplant recipient. Yet one night, his wife found him barely breathing, his skin turning blue, and called 911. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

Aug. 1, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

Amid the chaos of the pandemic’s early days, doctors who faced the first coronavirus onslaught reached across oceans and language barriers in an unprecedented effort to advise colleagues trying to save lives in the dark. With no playbook to follow and no time to wait for research, YouTube videos...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2018 file photo, Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal Spengler walks in the courtyard of the City Museum in Havana, Cuba. Leal, who oversaw the transformation of crumbling Old Havana to an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, becoming the de-facto mayor of the historic city center and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals, has died according to state media on Friday, July 31, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

Eusebio Leal, who oversaw renewal of Old Havana, dies at 77

Jul. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Eusebio Leal Spengler, who oversaw the transformation of crumbling Old Havana to an immaculately restored colonial tourist attraction, becoming the de-facto mayor of the historic city center and one of the nation’s most prominent public intellectuals, has died. He was 77. He had been...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 handout file photo provided by Galapagos National Park, a park ranger takes part in the inspection of a Chinese flagship where 300 tons of marine species, several of them in danger of extinction, were found, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, as the ship and its crew are detained. In July 2020, a congregation of about 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galápagos archipelago is stirring diplomatic tension and raising concerns about the threat to sharks, manta rays, and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.  (Galapagos National Park via AP, File)

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

Jul. 30, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site. ...