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The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant

Jul. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar....

Artist withdraws slave memorial project after NAACP objects

Jul. 17, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A black artist has dropped his bid to build a slave memorial in front of Boston's historic Faneuil Hall after the NAACP objected. Steve Locke announced Tuesday on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter that he won't go forward with the project because the president of the Boston chapter of the...

UNC library to receive famous Burk Uzzle photo collection

Jul. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Burk Uzzle's subjects are known to all. From complex portraits of America's most famous celebrated personalities to quirky compositions of life being lived to straightforward images of the country's most vulnerable moments, Uzzle has recorded humanity at its best and worst, in its...

Spanish-language reporter released from immigration custody

Jul. 11, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who has been facing deportation since his arrest 15 months ago while covering an immigration protest in Tennessee was released Thursday from custody as his case proceeds. Manuel Duran was released from an Alabama detention center on a $2,000 bail set by...

Texas cemetery fence that marked racial divide comes down

Jul. 8, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

DAYTON, Texas (AP) — A fence that for decades divided two historic Houston-area cemeteries into plots for white people on one side and black people on the other has been taken down. A white 85-year-old maintenance volunteer, Henry Buxton, in April dismantled the chain-link fence that divided the Linney...

Schools still struggling with how to teach about slavery

Jul. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

"They made me a slave today." Aneka Burton still remembers the way her then 10-year-old son, Nikko, who is black, recounted his experience to his grandfather after school one day. It was 2011. But Burton believes the classroom exercise in which Nikko's classmates were encouraged to examine and pretend to bid on...

Trump calls America's story 'the greatest political journey'

Jul. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Trump asks Americans to 'stay true to our cause'

Jul. 4, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Declaration of Independence still inspires activists

Jul. 1, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shauna Marie O'Toole is a transgender activist who has organized and attended countless rallies and lobbied New York State lawmakers for legal protections. Convinced that "no amount of science" would win over opponents, she decided that an "emotional statement" was needed, one drawing upon...

South Carolina's first black surgeon earns recognition

Jul. 1, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dr. Burnett Gallman remembers getting treated by the first black surgeon in South Carolina when he was around 20. It was either 1968 or 69 and the now-gastroenterologist had received a second degree burn on his hand while working at a McDonald's. This led him to the medical office of...