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Israeli library offers glimpse of old Jewish life in Europe

Jun. 18, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's National Library has digitized a rare collection of communal ledgers from long-lost Jewish communities of Europe, offering the public a chance to study an era seen as a golden age of Jewish self-governance. The documents, known as pinkasim, were used by European Jewish communities...

JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission

Jun. 17, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a new app that helps users relive the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission. The free app available now uses videos, images, and audio recordings from the mission that on July...

Investigation begins into supposed voice of Frida Kahlo

Jun. 13, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo's voice may have finally been unearthed, say researchers at Mexico's National Sound Library. Library officials say it would be the first record of the Mexican artist's voice if confirmed. The director of the Frida Kahlo Museum, Hilda Trujillo, told The Associated Press on...

Texas ceremony marks issuing of George H.W. Bush stamp

Jun. 12, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Friends and family of former President George H.W. Bush recalled his prolific letter writing Wednesday as they gathered to mark the first day of issue for the U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring him. "He never let even a day pass before he took out a card or a piece of...

Judge: Obama center construction can move forward in Chicago

Jun. 11, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Plans to build Barack Obama's $500 million presidential center on Chicago's lakefront can move forward, a federal judge said Tuesday in dismissing an advocacy group's lawsuit objecting to the use of historic public parkland. After hearing nearly an hour of arguments, U.S. District Judge John...

AP: 3 million US students don't have home internet

Jun. 10, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd's homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone? On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages....

$5M grant to pay for Chicago library branch at Obama center

Jun. 3, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The MacArthur Foundation plans a $5 million grant to create a new Chicago Public Library branch at the Obama Presidential Center. The Chicago-based nonprofit made the announcement Monday, saying the money will help pay for construction at the planned site of former President Barack Obama's...

Ohio library cancels 'Drag 101' class after getting threats

May. 29, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county library has canceled a class aimed at teens interested in drag following hostile and angry phone calls from community members. Delaware County District Library Director George Needham announced Wednesday the cancellation of a "Drag 101" class led by drag queen Selena...

Many items in Rhode Island's archives are at risk of damage

May. 28, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Many items in the Rhode Island archives, including the state's copy of the Bill of Rights, are at risk of damage because they're kept in a building that's not meant for preserving rare, historic documents, according to an assessment released Tuesday. There isn't enough space to...

Exhibit highlights cartoonists' focus on First Amendment

May. 27, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The First Amendment right to free speech is no laughing matter, as illustrated by a new exhibit at the world's largest cartoon library. The political cartooning display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain's use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018...