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Mnuchin says Tubman $20 bill design delayed past 2020

May. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman has been delayed. The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by Mnuchin's...

In Alabama, Sanders makes appeal to Deep South black voters

May. 20, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an appeal Monday to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement. Speaking before a racially diverse crowd...

Council of Europe to allow Russia to vote again

May. 17, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Council of Europe adopted a declaration Friday that allows Russia to start voting again at the continent's main human rights body despite its 2014 annexation of the Crimea Peninsula from Ukraine. Foreign ministers from the council's 47 member states voted overwhelmingly to support a...

Senate backs appeals court judge from Calif. as Dems protest

May. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a Los Angeles lawyer as a federal appeals court judge, despite opposition from California's two Democratic senators. The Senate voted, 52-45, Wednesday to confirm Kenneth Lee's nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala...

Humble home becomes museum and shrine to Argentina's Evita

May. 7, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

LOS TOLDOS, Argentina (AP) — How did an Argentine child who was raised poor, barely educated and scorned as illegitimate become one of the most famous women in modern history? Some of the answers might be found inside a seemingly insignificant single-story brick house in Los Toldos, an agricultural town...

100 "Evitas" take to the streets of Argentina's capital

May. 6, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — One hundred people dressed up as Evita Perón and paraded in the streets of Argentina's capital Monday, a day before the 100th anniversary of the birth of the charismatic first lady. Eva María Duarte, who died in 1952 from cancer at age 33, was an actress who became...

National Urban League focusing on minority voting for 2020

May. 6, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voter suppression and Russian interference are some of the greatest barriers to minority voting in 2020, the National Urban League said Monday. This year's State of Black America report focuses on voting rights, and National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial is calling...

Biden: Trump, Republicans allowing Jim Crow to return

May. 4, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden charged Saturday that Jim Crow is "sneaking back in" as he emphasized voting rights at his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina, where black voters play a key role in the South's first presidential primary. In criticizing Republican...

The Latest: Sanders backs Trump's North Korea approach

May. 4, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the Democratic candidates running for president (all times EDT): 6:30 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says one area in which he doesn't fault President Donald Trump is his handling of North Korea. The independent senator from Vermont tells ABC's "This Week" that Trump's...

Florida passes bill creating hurdles to change constitution

May. 3, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers slipped language into a bill in the final hours of Florida's legislative session Friday that could make it more difficult for citizens to change the constitution through petition drives. Republicans have grumbled for years about having constitutional amendments...