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Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

US ambassador in China makes rare visit to Tibet

May. 20, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China is making a rare visit to Tibet to meet local officials and raise concerns about restrictions on Buddhist practices and the preservation of the Himalayan region's unique culture and language. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Terry Branstad is visiting the Tibetan...

UK halts export of 'Lady Chatterley' copy from famous trial

May. 13, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government used its powers to preserve the nation's cultural treasures on Monday to halt the export of a tattered paperback copy of "Lady Chatterley's Lover." The copy of the once-scandalous book was used by the judge in the U.K. obscenity trial of Penguin Books. Penguin was...

Iran firefighters put out blaze at historic bazaar in Tabriz

May. 9, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say firefighters managed to put out a blaze that erupted at the historic market in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Thursday's report by the official IRNA news agency says some 16 people were slightly injured in the fire, which erupted around 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the...

Louisiana spring festival to feature Poverty Point

Apr. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

OAK GROVE, La. (AP) — A spring festival in northeast Louisiana festival will celebrate will celebrate the Poverty Point World Heritage Site instead of sweet potatoes. The prehistoric complex of Indian mounds known as Poverty Point in West Carroll Parish was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2014. It was...

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave

Apr. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said. The promising development came as Notre...

The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Apr. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony. Many believe the crown was placed on the head of Jesus...

Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push

Apr. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a...

A look at what was saved, what was lost in Notre Dame fire

Apr. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — More than simply an iconic cathedral and jewel of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame was a treasure trove, housing priceless and irreplaceable marvels of immense religious, artistic, musical, historical and architectural value. Some were lost to humanity forever in the blaze that ravaged the...

Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame 'even more beautifully'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the...