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Honoree: Protesting for civil rights taught valuable lessons

Aug. 17, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City woman who helped usher in the civil rights movement says spending weekends protesting made for an unusual childhood but taught valuable lessons. Marilyn Luper Hildreth was among 13 youths who took part in a sit-in at an Oklahoma City drug store starting on Aug. 19,...

'Respect' indeed: Aretha flipped man's song into epic anthem

Aug. 16, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to forget that "Respect" wasn't originally Aretha Franklin's song. But the Queen of Soul sang it like it was made for her, and for only her. She transformed Otis Redding's song into a classic worldwide anthem — especially for the feminist and civil rights...

History shared but unreconciled in city's Confederate statue

Aug. 9, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black empowerment. Tuskegee Institute, founded to educate...

Italy passes 5 Star-led labor reform

Aug. 7, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's parliament has passed 5-Star Movement-led labor reform that aims to crack down on short-term employment and precarious labor practices, although critics say it will cause many people to lose their jobs. The law, approved Tuesday afternoon in the Italian Senate, shortens the maximum...

Could hard-right Supreme Court haunt GOP? History says maybe

Aug. 7, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for. That's the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation. The GOP may ultimately pay a political price. When and how steep? That...

Chicago highway closure latest US protest targeting affluent

Aug. 2, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A march Thursday along Chicago's picturesque roadway bordering Lake Michigan to one of the most historic baseball stadiums is the latest chapter in the nation's long history of protesters targeting places where they believe their anger goes unnoticed. The strategy, made famous during the...

Rosa Parks' letter about '57 bombing bought by targeted pair

Aug. 2, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors' home has been purchased at auction by the couple who were targeted in the attack. Alabama State University announced that the Rev. Robert Graetz and his wife Jeannie purchased the...

Rep John Lewis, civil rights icon, released from hospital

Jul. 29, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the 78-year-old civil rights icon and veteran congressman from Georgia, was released from the hospital Sunday evening after his weekend admission for an undisclosed reason. Lewis' spokeswoman, Brenda Jones, said in an emailed statement that Lewis left the hospital a day...

The Latest: US Rep Lewis, civil rights icon, out of hospital

Jul. 29, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on hospital stay of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Lewis says the civil rights icon has been released from the hospital. Spokeswoman Brenda Jones said in an emailed statement that Lewis left the hospital Sunday evening, a day...

Michigan Democrats hope pot measure brings out youth vote

Jul. 29, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — As both parties continue pumping funds into the 2018 race, Michigan Democrats hope to cash in on another kind of green. A proposal to legalize marijuana will be on Michigan's November ballot, putting the state on the cusp of allowing recreational use of the drug for those 21 and...