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National Spelling Bee reflects the economic success and cultural impact of immigrants from India

May. 26, 2024 00:59 AM EDT

When Balu Natarajan became the first Indian American champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985, a headline on an Associated Press article read, “Immigrants’ son wins National Spelling Bee,” with the first paragraph noting the champion “speaks his parents’ native Indian...

Pro-independence leader calls on protesters in New Caledonia to 'maintain resistance' against France

May. 25, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — The leader of a pro-independence party in New Caledonia on Saturday called on supporters to “remain mobilized” across the French Pacific archipelago and “maintain resistance” against the Paris government's efforts to impose electoral reforms that the Indigenous Kanak...

Groups claim South Florida districts are racially gerrymandered for Hispanics in lawsuit

May. 25, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Progressive civic groups have challenged how four congressional districts and seven state House districts in South Florida were drawn by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, claiming they were racially gerrymandered for Hispanics who are too diverse in Florida to be...

Jackie Robinson is rebuilt in bronze in Colorado after theft of statue from Kansas park

May. 25, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — As he coats a mold of Jackie Robinson with wax, metalsmith Alex Haines reflected on the extra importance of a project that will soon give the city of Wichita, Kansas, a replacement bronze statue of the baseball icon after thieves brazenly destroyed the original. ...

Roughly halfway through primary season, runoffs in Texas are testing 2 prominent Republicans

May. 25, 2024 00:03 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The 2024 primary season is roughly halfway over and there have been few shakeups so far, with just one U.S. House member defeated and incumbents widely prevailing in state Capitols. But the runoffs in Texas on Tuesday are a test for two prominent Republicans:...

Tribes say their future is at stake as they push for Congress to consider Colorado River settlement

May. 24, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

Within the heart of the Navajo Nation and in the shadow of the sandstone arch that is the namesake of the tribal capital, a simple greeting and big smiles were shared over and over again Friday as tribal officials gathered: “Yá‘át’ééh abíní!” It was a good morning,...

Pronouns and tribal affiliations are now forbidden in South Dakota public university employee emails

May. 24, 2024 17:44 PM EDT

A new South Dakota policy to stop the use of gender pronouns by public university faculty and staff in official correspondence is also keeping Native American employees from listing their tribal affiliations in a state with a long and violent history of conflict with tribes. Two...

Despite surging demand for long-term care, providers struggle to find workers

May. 24, 2024 17:19 PM EDT

The hardest part of Culix Wibonele’s first job in long-term care was not getting injured. Originally from Kenya, Wibonele worked as a certified nursing assistant in Atlanta in 2014. She went to the homes of mostly older clients, helping them with everything from bathing to cooking....

Baltimore's former top prosecutor spared prison for mortgage fraud and perjury

May. 24, 2024 08:35 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Baltimore city prosecutor who achieved a national profile for charging police officers in a Black man’s death was spared prison time in her sentence Thursday for perjury and mortgage fraud. Democratic former State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's sentence...

Supreme Court finds no bias against Black voters in a South Carolina congressional district

May. 23, 2024 21:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court 's conservative majority on Thursday preserved a Republican-held South Carolina congressional district, rejecting a lower-court ruling that said the district discriminated against Black voters. In dissent, liberal justices warned that the court...