Latest Cultural preservation News

Demolition of church 'imminent' after preservation bid fails

Jun. 13, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Officials say a historic church in Worcester will soon be torn down after a bid to preserve it failed to win the support of the city council. A group hoping to save the Notre Dame des Canadiens church had asked the council to allow the city manager to negotiate a transfer of the...

Paris bistros seek UN status as 'intangible cultural' gems

Jun. 11, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Owners of the bistros and terrace cafes that are integral to the Paris way of life want the "je ne sais quoi" of their establishments to be recognized as both of global value and endangered. They have launched a campaign to be named by the United Nations' cultural agency as an "Intangible...

NC lawmakers move to protect pork giant hit by big verdict

Jun. 5, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislators in the country's No. 2 hog-growing state on Tuesday stepped up efforts to shield industrial hog operations from neighbors who have complained for decades about the smell, noise and flies generated by housing thousands of animals together. The state Senate's Agriculture...

Alaska broadcaster known for Yup'ik stories dies

Jun. 4, 2018 10:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native broadcaster who helped preserve the Yup'ik language and culture one story at a time died Monday. John Active was 69. Active worked at KYUK public radio and television stations in Bethel for about 47 years, translating the day's news from English to Yup'ik and vice...

UN releases first education guide on fighting anti-Semitism

Jun. 4, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The United Nations has released its first educational guidelines on fighting anti-Semitism. UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural body, launched the publication on Monday in Paris in collaboration with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The guide, designed for young people,...

The Latest: Images show residents sheltering from cyclone

May. 24, 2018 10:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Cyclone Mekuni (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Images circulated online from Yemen's Socotra island show soaking wet residents attempting to find shelter from Cyclone Mekunu, which pounded the area on its path toward Oman. The photos and video footage, which...

Chicago City Council backs Obama Presidential Center plans

May. 23, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The effort to build the Obama Presidential Center in a park on Chicago's South Side where Barack Obama's political career began cleared its biggest hurdle yet Wednesday when the City Council signed off on the proposal. The vote was widely expected, but was still historic for both the city...

Zinke stresses need for projects catch-up at national parks

May. 22, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his support for addressing a maintenance backlog at national parks during a visit Tuesday to the one named for a U.S. president known for championing conservation. Zinke toured the Peaceful Valley Ranch at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, a...

The Latest: OIC condemns US embassy move to Jerusalem

May. 14, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The world's largest body of Muslim-majority nations says it "strongly rejects and condemns" the White House's "deplorable action" to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel...

Saudi military says troops arrive in Yemen's Socotra island

May. 13, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Saudi military spokesman says that its troops have landed on the Yemeni island of Socotra, listed by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site and the focus of a dispute between Yemen and its ally the United Arab Emirates. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's...