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US judge dismisses lawsuit over transgender pronoun dispute

Feb. 17, 2020 10:55 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A judge dismissed a professor's lawsuit against a small, public university in Ohio that rebuked him for not addressing a transgender student using the student's preferred gender terms. Nicholas Meriwether's federal lawsuit alleged that Shawnee State University officials violated...

NAACP president finds family history of white abolitionists

Feb. 15, 2020 3:06 AM EST

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Before Henry Louis Gates Jr. made "Finding Your Roots" a household program on PBS, Johnny Corson was making surprising discoveries about his family on his own. They were discoveries that traced back generations to the fight against slavery, an unexpected Quaker past, and a thirst for...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with members of the media after touring the Culinary Health Center, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Klobuchar shifts on immigration before Nevada caucuses

Feb. 15, 2020 12:45 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she no longer believes English should be the national language of the U.S., disavowing a vote she took more than a decade ago as she tries to build support in a state where Hispanics make up a critical constituency. Campaigning in Las...

New Mexico's US senators propose protecting Gila River

Feb. 13, 2020 12:04 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Portions of the Gila River would be protected as wild and scenic under legislation proposed by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. The New Mexico Democrats are seeking public comments as they draft the measure. They have posted online a summary of the legislation along with...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: North East charts path to future Erie Times-News Feb. 10As the 2021 closure of the Mercyhurst University North East campus draws near, the North East community stands at a pivotal crossroads. We don’t have to look far to...

Dan David Prize announces 2020 laureates

Feb. 12, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor of Jewish studies who played a leading role in the launch of a museum dedicated to the history of Poland's Jews, are among the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Dan David Prize. Bunch and...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.   Judge Allen Baddour ruled Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 that the Sons of Confederate Veterans didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit that led to the hastily arranged deal that gave them possession of the statue known as Silent Sam, along with $2.5 million to maintain it. He  vacated the deal and also dismissed the underlying lawsuit brought by the SCV.  Critics had questioned how the deal was quietly struck with the UNC Board of Governors and approved just before Thanksgiving.  
  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Judge voids deal giving UNC statue to Confederate group

Feb. 12, 2020 3:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fate of a Confederate statue torn down by protesters was thrown back into uncertainty Wednesday when a judge overturned a settlement by the University of North Carolina's governing board that gave the monument to a Confederate heritage group along with money to preserve it. Judge...

Chief Black Coal headdress returning to Northern Arapaho

Feb. 8, 2020 10:26 AM EST

ARAPAHOE, Wyo. (AP) — The approximately 250 tribal and community members hadn’t simply come on a Saturday to enjoy a free feast and listen to tribal leaders speak: They wanted to see what sat behind a three-walled barrier. Behind the walls sat an elegant and well-aged headdress made of dozens of...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, Hayo, chief of the Pataxo Ha-ha-hae indigenous community, walks toward the Paraopeba River days after the collapse of a mining company dam, near his village in Brumadinho, Brazil. Brazil said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 20120 that it has picked a former evangelical missionary to head a body assigned to protect indigenous tribes, raising concerns among human rights activists about the tribes' health and cultural identity.  (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Brazil indigenous protest new gov't moves on their lands

Feb. 5, 2020 7:11 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's far-right government drew protests from indigenous groups Wednesday, first by naming a former evangelical missionary to head a department responsible for protecting uncontacted and recently contacted tribes and then proposing legislation that would allow mining in indigenous...

Storied Structures: Locals working to preserve history

Feb. 2, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — While many community business owners and institutions are raising new infrastructure to meet the needs of today’s consumer market, others are busy working on structures that are currently standing, or mostly standing. One unique local example lies in a set of logs that were...