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President Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives museum, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters

Sep. 17, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive. The president’s comments marking the 233rd anniversary...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Sep. 17, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

Ricky Hurtado, a Democratic candidate for the North Carolina state house, walks past a child's toy car as he canvasses in a largely Latino trailer community, in Burlington, N.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

He set out to mobilize Latino voters. Then the virus hit.

Sep. 17, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

GRAHAM, N.C (AP) — Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had different plans for his summer. He formally announced his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This was the summer...

FILE - In this April 15, 2008, file photo, the Columbia University marching band entertains tax filers and others outside the James A. Farley Main Post Office in New York. The band has decided to voluntarily shut itself down over what it called a history

Columbia University band shuts down, cites troubled history

Sep. 16, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbia University Marching Band, which had run-ins with school administration over the years over situations like mocking its own team, has decided to voluntarily shut itself down over what it called a history “grounded in prejudiced culture and traditions." In a statement...

Ricky Hurtado, a Democratic candidate for the North Carolina state house, walks past a child's toy car as he canvasses in a largely Latino trailer community, in Burlington, N.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

He set out to mobilize Latino voters. Then the virus hit.

Sep. 16, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

GRAHAM, N.C (AP) — Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had different plans for his summer. He formally announced his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This was the summer...

Debris from the ceiling and walls cover the floor of a room in the 150-year-old Sursock Palace that was damaged by the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Restoring Beirut's architectural heritage from the August blast will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months time, international experts announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Experts: Rainy season to further threaten Beirut heritage

Sep. 15, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Restoring Beirut's damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An...

Debris from the ceiling and walls cover the floor of a room in the 150-year-old Sursock Palace that was damaged by the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Restoring Beirut's architectural heritage from the August blast will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months time, international experts announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Experts: Rainy season to further threaten Beirut heritage

Sep. 15, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Restoring Beirut's damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An...

Tiffany Shelton helps her 7-year-old son, P.J. Shelton, a second-grader, during an online class at their home in Norristown, Pa., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Norristown Area School District plans to offer online-only instruction through at least January 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

Schools that are mostly Black, Latino favor starting online

Sep. 11, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Missi Magness wanted her children back in school. The parent of a first-grader and a sixth-grader who attend schools on Indianapolis’ southeast side struggled trying to oversee her children’s schooling while working from home this spring. “They need the structure, they need the...

FILE - This April 16, 2015 file photo, shows a general view of the historic Meroe pyramids site, in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan.  A leading archaeologist says the floodwaters have already entered the ancient royal city of the Kushite kings known as the Island of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  .(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Sudan floods kill over 100, threaten archaeological site

Sep. 11, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Flash floods in Sudan have killed more than 100 people this summer and inundated over 100,000 houses, threatening even a famous archaeological site near the capital of Khartoum and compounding the country's already dire economic situation, officials said. The floodwaters this week entered the...

Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques attends an annual general meeting in Perth, May 9, 2019. Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March, 2021, over the destruction of the sacred sites, the company said on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Will Russell/AAP Image via AP)

Rio Tinto CEO to leave over destruction of Indigenous sites

Sep. 11, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques will leave the Anglo-Australian mining giant by March over the destruction of Australian Indigenous sacred sites to access iron ore, the company said on Friday. “Significant stakeholders have expressed concerns about...