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New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2022 09:53 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught in schools, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity...

San Francisco Opera will debut Adams' 'Antony and Cleopatra'

Jan. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — John Adams’ version of “Antony and Cleopatra” will have its world premiere on Sept. 10 on the opening weekend of the San Francisco Opera’s 100th season. Soprano Julia Bullock sings Cleopatra, baritone Gerald Finley will be Antony, tenor Paul Appleby...

K-Way windbreaker brand taps hip new market with R&D line

Jan. 18, 2022 03:22 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — K-way, the Franco-Italian brand synonymous with windbreakers, is stepping into luxury fashion with its first live runway show ever on the closing day of Milan Fashion Week. The Milan-based brand has been edging into the space with collaborations for such fashion...

Delaware indie rock group Dutchman flying high with new EP

Jan. 16, 2022 09:06 AM EST

HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — Recently relocated to Harrington from New Jersey, when Connor Johnson answered Jake Dutcher’s online ad for a musician back in 2017, he knew there was a musical match. But he could never dream that five years later, it would result in four EPs and a band that is starting...

Italian high court faults prosecutors in Vatican-linked case

Jan. 15, 2022 09:22 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s supreme court has faulted prosecutors for withholding evidence benefiting the key suspect in the Vatican’s fraud and embezzlement trial in a parallel case in the Italian courts. The Court of Cassation ordered the Tribunal of Review to...

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

Jan. 14, 2022 09:47 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church. Sessions Judge G. Gopakumar in a brief order said the bishop was not...

Steelers' Harris seeks to help Roethlisberger reach playoffs

Jan. 07, 2022 17:45 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — All those games ago, it was a young Ben Roethlisberger who helped a popular Pittsburgh Steelers star go out on top. Come Sunday, a Steelers newcomer hopes to give Roethlisberger another chance in the playoffs. A first-round draft pick in 2004,...

Big Ben leaving Steelers in good hands with Watt, Harris

Jan. 04, 2022 13:23 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger clasped hands with his wife Ashley, surrounded himself with the couple's three children and disappeared into the inner recesses of Heinz Field. There's still at least one game left in the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's career. And with a...

A surge of evangelicals in Spain, fueled by Latin Americans

Jan. 04, 2022 02:59 AM EST

SALAMANCA, Spain (AP) — When Kent Albright, a Baptist pastor from the United States, arrived as a missionary to Spain in 1996, he was unprepared for the insults and threats, or the fines from the police for handing out Protestant leaflets on the streets of Salamanca. “Social...

John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, dies at 85

Dec. 28, 2021 23:14 PM EST

John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the league said. He was 85. The NFL said he died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause....