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South Carolina's Confederate monument protection law upheld

Sep. 22, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, ...

Colorado commission rushes to finish new congressional map

Sep. 22, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s independent congressional redistricting commission has entered the final stretch in fashioning a map for the next decade that incorporates a new eighth district and tries to keep intact communities of interest, such as Hispanic and Latino voters and urban and...

Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89

Sep. 22, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the “blaxploitation” wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his family said that Van Peebles, father...

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...

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...

The Latest: Kenya's president outlines his UN priorities

Sep. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

The Latest on the UN General Assembly: ___ UNITED NATIONS — With Kenya poised to assume the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, the country’s president outlined his priorities. Uhuru Kenyatta said...

As Texas draws its maps, Latinos push for political power

Sep. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a Dallas County commissioner, Elba Garcia represents some 670,000 people — nearly the population of a congressional district. The majority of her constituents are Latino and live in the fast-growing suburbs west of Dallas, where they share worries about managing...

Commissioner who shared antisemitic meme again condemned

Sep. 22, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Clackamas County commissioner who has previously been called on to resign over racist comments has drawn condemnation for an incendiary post on social media. Commissioner Mark Shull shared a meme on Facebook appearing to compare vaccine...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 22, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching. The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped...