Latest Cultural preservation News

Louisiana's Avery Island listed on historic place register

Oct. 19, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Avery Island, a salt dome and the birthplace of Tabasco pepper sauce, is newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior has given the historic designation to the island, located...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Oct. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog. The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who...

Germany's Greens flourish while mainstream rivals flounder

Oct. 12, 2018 3:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — While other mainstream political parties in Germany flounder in polls and struggle to answer a far-right challenge, the Greens have gained strength as a magnet for liberal-minded voters. Offering a compassionate approach to migration, a pro-European Union stance and an emphasis on fighting...

Native American leader takes aim at Cuomo's statue plans

Oct. 9, 2018 2:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the American Indian Law Alliance is taking aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans to nominate New York City's statue of Christopher Columbus to the National Register of Historic Places. Betty Lyons said on Tuesday that the 1892 statue represents genocide, enslavement, exploitation of...

Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive

Oct. 8, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A plan to project a horse racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House is dividing Australians. The New South Wales state government stepped in to allow the advertisement to be displayed Tuesday after the opera house chief executive Louise Herron opposed it....

US Supreme Court won't hear Tennessee abortion case

Oct. 1, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a victory for opponents of abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a case that has made it easier to restrict abortion in Tennessee. Abortion-rights supporters had hoped to overturn a 2014 change to the state constitution, which added language saying...

After Brazil museum fire, debate over how, or if, to rebuild

Sep. 30, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Ever since a fire gutted Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the question has been: Could what was destroyed be restored? A flicker of hope emerged last week when an emergency mission from the U.N. cultural agency held out the possibility that some objects had survived...

Alaska governor declares emergency for native languages

Sep. 26, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker has declared an emergency for Alaska Native languages, aiming to promote and preserve all 20 recognized indigenous languages in the state. The order signed this week directs the state education commissioner to work with partners to promote indigenous languages in...

AP Interview: UNESCO chief says schools must fight extremism

Sep. 23, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The head of the U.N. education agency says schools are ground zero in the fight against anti-Semitism and extremist violence — and she will push world leaders meeting in New York this week to invest more in teaching tolerance. "No one is born a violent extremist," Azoulay said in an...

Mass tourism threatens Croatia's 'Game of Thrones' town

Sep. 21, 2018 9:32 AM EDT

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — Marc van Bloemen has lived in the old town of Dubrovnik, a Croatian citadel widely praised as the jewel of the Adriatic, for decades, since he was a child. He says it used to be a privilege. Now it's a nightmare. Crowds of tourists clog the entrances to the ancient walled city, a...