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UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

Aug. 18, 2022 01:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...

Today in History: August 18, 19th Amendment is ratified

Aug. 18, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2022. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what...

Judge: Suit by group critical of immigration can proceed

Aug. 17, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group calling for sharply limiting immigration has scored a legal victory in its federal lawsuit arguing the Biden administration violated environmental law when it halted construction of the U.S. southern border wall and sought to undo other immigration policies by former...

US officials warn of uptick in weapons smuggled to Haiti

Aug. 17, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. investigators say they have noticed an uptick in the amount and caliber of weapons being smuggled from Florida to Haiti in recent months. Anthony Salisbury, chief of the Miami Homeland Security Investigations office, said agents are increasing their efforts to...

Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests 1st in 75 years in Louisiana

Aug. 17, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtles have hatched in Louisiana's wilds for the first known time in more than 75 years, officials said Wednesday. “Louisiana was largely written off as a nesting spot for sea turtles decades ago, but this...

NBA schedule has less miles, and LeBron chasing more history

Aug. 17, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

By mid-January, LeBron James could be the NBA’s scoring king. The NBA schedule was released Wednesday, all 1,230 games that are set between Oct. 18 and April 9 taking place in four countries with Mexico and France playing host to regular-season contests along with the U.S. and...

El Salvador extends state of exception; 50,000 arrested

Aug. 17, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — With 50,000 people locked up since late March for alleged gang ties, El Salvador’s congress has approved another month-long extension of the state of exception that suspends some fundamental rights in the name of combatting the country’s powerful gangs. ...

Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

Aug. 17, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it's nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A candidate for Congress parades a helicopter — the symbol of illegal gold mining — painted with the Brazilian flag,...

Brazil's presidential campaign kicks off amid violence fears

Aug. 16, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

JUIZ DE FORA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's presidential election campaign officially began Tuesday with former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leading all polls against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro amid growing concern of political violence and threats to democracy. Da Silva, whose...

Independent journalist found slain in northern Mexico

Aug. 16, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An independent journalist found dead in northern Mexico was killed by a blow to the head, authorities said Tuesday, reporting the latest in 14 slayings of Mexican reporters and media workers so far this year, the deadliest in recent memory for the profession. ...