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Review: 'Conspiracy' tells of gold rush and Gilded Age greed

Jul. 7, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

“A Most Wicked Conspiracy: The Last Great Swindle of the Gilded Age,” by Paul Starobin (Public Affairs) Rules, laws and honesty meant little to Alexander McKenzie, a Gilded Age political boss in North Dakota who chummed around with deep-pocketed capitalists and U.S. senators. After gold was...

UN experts: Gold from Congo going to armed groups, criminals

Jun. 19, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say armed groups, criminal networks and some law enforcement agents in Congo are reaping vast sums of money from illegally exploiting gold and other natural resources and smuggling them to Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates. The experts...

A statue of Cecil Rhodes, the controversial Victorian imperialist who supported apartheid-style measures in southern Africa stands mounted on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford, England, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The governing body of Oriel College are meeting today to discuss the future of the statue. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Oxford college recommends removal of Cecil Rhodes statue

Jun. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The governing body of Oxford University’s Oriel College on Wednesday recommended the removal of a statue of Victorian imperialist Cecil Rhodes that has long been the target of protests — though it won’t be taken down immediately. The college’s governors said they...

Workers remove a statue of John Sutter, a Swiss settler who built the first European settlement on the site of the city of Sacramento, outside Sutter hospital in midtown on Monday, June 15, 2020. Some historical accounts describe Sutter as using Native Americans as slaves and raping Native American girls as young as age 12. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Statue of pioneer linked to California Gold Rush is removed

Jun. 15, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A statue honoring a colonizer who laid claim to the land where the discovery of shiny flakes of gold sparked the California Gold Rush was removed Monday outside a hospital bearing his name in the state capital. Several dozen people cheered as a work crew lifted the statue of John...