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South Carolina city council OKs slavery apology resolution

Jun. 19, 2018 10:08 PM EDT

The city council in what was once a key seaport for slave trade adopted a resolution Tuesday apologizing for slavery. By voice vote, the Charleston City Council approved the resolution which offers a denouncement of slavery, a promise of tolerance in the future and a proposal for an office of racial...

City where many slaves entered US to apologize for slavery

Jun. 18, 2018 11:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina city where almost half of all the slaves brought to the United States first set foot on American soil is ready to apologize for its role in the slave trade. The resolution expected to be passed by the Charleston City Council on Tuesday offers a denouncement of...

Historian promotes neighborhood's past, uncertain future

Jun. 16, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Stand on any street corner in Hazelwood and it's likely JaQuay Edward Carter knows something about its history. "This is the John Woods house, possibly the oldest building in Pittsburgh," he explained, passing by an old cottage overrun by weeds and tall grass. "It's from 1792, built in...

Mormon genealogical database to accept same-sex couples

Jun. 15, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's massive genealogical database will begin accepting submissions of names of people from same-sex relationships sometime next year. The move doesn't foreshadow any change to long-standing church opposition to gay marriage, but it is being done to ensure the databank...

Ancestor's handiwork brings family together in Pine Grove

Jun. 14, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

PINE GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Johannes "John" Bonawitz moved to Pine Grove from Womelsdorf in 1809, bringing with him a knack for gunsmithing. On Saturday, dozens of Bonawitz descendants from across the country gathered at Twin Grove Campground for the first Bonawitz family reunion. Among the food, drinks and...

Genealogies of Mayflower passengers helps find descendants

Jun. 13, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Figuring out whether you're a descendant of a Pilgrim is now just a mouse click away. A monthslong effort to digitize and index the authenticated genealogies of Mayflower passengers has been completed and is available online, the New England Historic Genealogical Society announced Wednesday....

Iran's top leader seeks to clarify position on Israel

Jun. 11, 2018 6:28 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader has sought to clarify his position on Israel after being accused of threatening its destruction. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by the official IRNA news agency late Sunday as saying the Mideast conflict should be resolved through a popular referendum among "all...

Georgetown's 'lost' slaves were closer to home than known

May. 6, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The search for the lost slaves began with a simple question. Every month for two years, Richard Cellini, founder of an organization looking for descendants of the slaves sold to save Georgetown University, had updated a spreadsheet. It showed consistent progress: More and more descendants...

Correction: Zodiac Killer-DNA story

May. 4, 2018 2:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 3 about the Zodiac Killer investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the killer was dubbed Zodiac because of astrological symbols he included in letters sent to police and media. The killer referred to himself as Zodiac in the letters. A corrected...