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Tennessee museum director fired for Gettysburg Address loan

Nov. 26, 2019 1:02 PM EST

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The new director of a Tennessee museum was fired from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for lending out an irreplaceable copy of the Gettysburg Address. A Friday report by the Illinois Inspector General says Alan Lowe lent the document to Mercury One for a...

Inspector general recommended firing of Lincoln Museum head

Nov. 22, 2019 9:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ inspector general recommended firing the director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum because a copy of the Gettysburg Address was loaned last year to an upstart museum operated by political pundit Glenn Beck. The inspector general’s...

Florida county won’t buy digital New York Times subscription

Nov. 20, 2019 10:44 AM EST

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — A north Florida county commission voted against paying for a digital New York Times subscription for the local library after previously gaining attention for calling the newspaper “fake news.” The Citrus County Commission heard from residents before voting 3-2 on...

White supremacist manifesto reportedly shared at Syracuse U

Nov. 19, 2019 7:14 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A white supremacist manifesto that appeared to be a copy of one linked to a man accused of attacking two mosques in New Zealand was circulated electronically at Syracuse University, campus law enforcement said Tuesday, adding to a string of racist episodes that have shaken the upstate...

WV library cancels drag queen event after violent threats

Nov. 15, 2019 5:27 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia library says violent threats prompted it to cancel an event where drag queens were going to read to children. The Morgantown Public Library System announced it was canceling its Drag Queen Story Time event in a Facebook post Friday. The statement cited...

Google, Israel’s National Library team up to digitize books

Nov. 13, 2019 12:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel is working with Google to digitize 120,000 books from its extensive collection of Jewish texts and upload them to the internet for public use. The library said in a statement this week that its contribution will significantly increase the percentage of Hebrew...

George Orwell New Mexico exhibit bares 'doublespeak' legacy

Nov. 5, 2019 9:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Those were the slogans of the Party in George Orwell's 1949 novel "1984" that allowed the superstate of Oceania to keep its population under control. The Thought Police thwarted dissent. The Ministry of Truth promoted lies....

Libraries to boycott publisher's e-book policy

Oct. 31, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Several large library systems across the U.S. plan to suspend purchases beginning Friday of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers' new releases, in a protest against the publishing house's planned restrictions on library sales. Among libraries participating in the boycott...

2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

Oct. 31, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds fanned new fires in Southern California on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee in a repeat of a frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the state. The latest blazes erupted in the heavily populated inland region east of Los...

Anger grows as utility struggles to get its blackouts right

Oct. 31, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Pacific Gas & Electric deliberately shut off power to homes and businesses to prevent wildfires, it has failed to communicate with California officials, given conflicting accounts about when the lights would go out and advised people to get information "the old-fashioned way,...