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Vermont House advances slavery constitutional amendment

Jan. 21, 2020 1:18 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment to make clear that Vermont prohibits slavery. The Senate passed the proposal last session. Vermont was the first state to abolish adult slavery. The state Constitution currently says no person 21...

Arkansas man gets probation after mailing powder to senator

Jan. 15, 2020 2:46 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 78-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to a year of probation after mailing white powder and a threatening letter about slavery reparations to Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s office in Washington two years ago. Henry Edward Goodloe, who is black, pleaded guilty in...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jan. 15, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Jan. 13 Savannah Morning News on Gov. Kemp's heath care proposal: Gov. Brian Kemp is currently seeking approval for a proposed health care coverage overhaul from officials in Washington, D.C. Georgia lawmakers should resist the temptation to take a wait-and-see...

Kelsi Deel, left,, director, explains as Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump tours a local safe haven in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Ivanka Trump toured two facilities on Tuesday that help survivors in downtown Atlanta. President Donald Trump has listed fighting sex trafficking as a priority, as has the Kemp administration and Marty Kemp. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Ivanka Trump: White House will seek to end human trafficking

Jan. 14, 2020 4:59 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Ivanka Trump says the White House is committed to ending human trafficking, which she called “modern day slavery." President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser made the comments during a trip to Atlanta on Tuesday. She visited nonprofit groups that help victims of human trafficking....

Candidate for Utah governor criticized for abortion comment

Jan. 13, 2020 2:24 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Members of the Utah House and Senate criticized a comment by the lieutenant governor drawing a comparison between abortion and slavery. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox was one of three candidates asked during a Republican gubernatorial candidates forum Saturday if he would sign a bill defining...

Israeli police raid religious cult-like group in Jerusalem

Jan. 13, 2020 10:06 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Monday they had raided a cult-like group in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem in which dozens of women and children were being held and abused under extreme “slavery” conditions. The police's undercover investigation learned details from women...

Official takes aim at Minnesota Constitution slavery mention

Jan. 2, 2020 5:02 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police chief said he wants to change state constitution to remove a pre-Civil War reference to slavery being an acceptable form of punishment. Even though slavery has been illegal throughout the country for more than a century, St. Paul police Chief Todd Axtell wrote in a...

Principal: Slavery lesson involving black students was wrong

Dec. 31, 2019 7:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The principal of a Washington, D.C., elementary school says a lesson about the Civil War and Reconstruction era went wrong when some fifth graders asked their black classmates to portray slaves. Lafayette Elementary School principal Carrie Broquard detailed the mistake in a letter to...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, former South Korean comfort women, Lee Yong-soo, center, Lee Ok-seon and Gil Won-ok, right, leave the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Constitutional Court on Friday, Dec. 27, rejected a petition seeking the repeal of a 2015 deal with Japan settling a bitter dispute over Korean women enslaved for sex by the Japanese military during World War II. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

S Korea court rejects attempt to repeal Japan sex slave deal

Dec. 27, 2019 4:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking the repeal of a 2015 deal with Japan settling a bitter dispute over Korean women enslaved for sex by the Japanese military during World War II. A decision to spike the largely stalled deal could have...

Florence Widdicombe, 6, poses with a Tesco Christmas card from the same pack as a card she found containing a message from a Chinese prisoner, in London, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco has halted production at a factory in China after a British newspaper said it used forced labor to produce charity Christmas cards. Tesco said Sunday it had stopped production and launched an investigation after the Sunday Times newspaper raised questions about the factory's labor practices. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

Tesco halts work at Chinese factory over prison labor claim

Dec. 22, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco said it halted production at a factory in China on Sunday after a British newspaper reported the factory used forced labor to produce charity Christmas cards for the supermarket. Tesco said it also launched an investigation of the Chinese supplier it hired...