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New York City aims to stop hairstyle discrimination

Feb. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City doesn't want people to have their hairstyles held against them, and it unveiled novel guidelines Monday against hairdo discrimination. The new legal guidance says the city's existing human rights law protects New Yorkers' right to "maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are...

New owners plan to move historic riverboat to Ohio winery

Feb. 18, 2019 1:41 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — The new owners of Cincinnati's historic Showboat Majestic plan to continue using the double-decker riverboat as an entertainment venue on the Ohio River. Adams County real estate agent Joe Brumley and his wife, Cortnee, bought the country's last floating theater for around $110,000 this...

AP Photos: Naked pot-smoking sect grows at Indian Hindu fest

Feb. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EST

PRAYAGRAJ, India (AP) — At the world's largest pilgrimage in Prayagraj in northern India, tens of millions of Hindu faithful travel to the sacred sangam — the confluence of three holy rivers — to take a dip. The Kumbh Mela, or pitcher festival, is a series of baths by Hindu sadhus and...

Effort to save Egypt's Abu Simbel temples in 1960s recalled

Feb. 7, 2019 4:04 AM EST

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Egyptologists and other experts gathered in Italy this week to celebrate a successful campaign to save ancient Egyptian temples from being submerged by a dam project 50 years ago and heard of cultural sites facing similar threats now. The international campaign that saved the temples of...

Tennessee board to review 7 nominations to historic register

Jan. 14, 2019 5:37 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee board is scheduled to review seven possible nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee State Review Board is set to meet Jan. 30 at Clover Bottom Mansion in Nashville. Nominees are the Brown-Hancock House in Cannon County, the Sutton General...

Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction dies

Jan. 6, 2019 10:40 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eugeniu Iordachescu, a Romanian civil engineer who devised an ingenious way to save 12 churches and many other historic buildings from being destroyed by the country's former Communist strongman, has died. He was 89. He died Friday from a heart attack and his funeral was being...

US, Israel exit UN cultural agency, claiming bias

Jan. 1, 2019 2:39 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.'s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet...

Rare Beefeaters strike over pensions hits Tower of London

Dec. 22, 2018 10:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — London's famed Beefeaters and other workers at several Royal Palaces have gone on a rare strike in a dispute over pension payments. There were picket lines Friday at the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site popular with tourists, and more work actions are planned for January. The...