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Virtual reality used to highlight uranium contamination

Sep. 15, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Activists are using virtual reality technology to focus on areas of the Navajo Nation affected by uranium contamination. The arts collective Bombshelltoe has collected 360-degree footage of land near Churchrock, New Mexico, to show how people and the land have changed since a 1979...

Activists block main entrance to Frankfurt auto show

Sep. 15, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Activists blocked the main entrance to the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sunday in a protest against what they call the "climate and environment destroyers" produced by the auto industry. Hundreds of people wearing white protective suits sat or stood in front of the grounds where the...

Appeals court tells FBI to destroy memo on anti-war website

Sep. 13, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI must destroy 15-year-old records of its investigation into the two co-founders of a San Francisco online anti-war website and the site's activities, a federal appeals court ruled. The FBI started looking into antiwar.com and its editors in 2004 after the website posted two...

Greta Thunberg brings environmental campaign to Washington

Sep. 13, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who helped spark a youth-driven push for climate change, has come to Washington. Thunberg and about 1,500 protesters, many of them schoolchildren, marched and chanted near the White House on Friday. They are calling for immediate action from the...

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Activists and...

Syrian activists: Car bomb in northern town; several wounded

Sep. 13, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say a car bombing in a town in northern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters has wounded several people. There were no reports of deaths in the explosion. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said Friday's...

Protesters cause part of Houston Ship Channel to close

Sep. 12, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Eleven protesters have been arrested after they rappelled from a busy highway bridge over the Houston Ship Channel, closing the vital artery for hours. The Coast Guard said the closure came after the protesters were spotted Thursday afternoon dangling from the Fred Hartman Bridge near...

Belting out protest song is latest act of Hong Kong movement

Sep. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people belted out a new protest song at Hong Kong's shopping malls for a fourth straight night Thursday, the latest act of resistance highlighting the creativity of demonstrators in their months-long fight for democratic freedoms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory....

The Latest: Joshua Wong defends meeting with German official

Sep. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 9 p.m. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is defending the decision of Germany's foreign minister to meet with him while he was in Berlin trying to raise European support. Wong told the Zeit newspaper on Thursday that...

Court strikes down Montana law barring political robocalls

Sep. 10, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Montana can't ban political robocalls based on their content alone, marking the latest in a string of court decisions against U.S. states that attempt to restrict automated phone calls promoting political campaigns. A three-judge panel of the...