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24 bodies found after Zimbabwe mine disaster; search goes on

Feb. 17, 2019 8:34 AM EST

KADOMA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Searchers have recovered 24 bodies from a mine in Zimbabwe that was flooded after heavy rains, trapping dozens of subsistence miners underground. Henrietta Rushwaya, leader of the country's small-scale miners' association, said Sunday that 23 of the bodies have been identified since...

Tributes, activism, safety drills mark 1 year since Parkland

Feb. 14, 2019 2:24 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some students around the country marked the anniversary of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, with moments of silence Thursday or somber vigils while others sought to find threads of positivity in the fabric of tragedy. Boardman High School in northeast Ohio had a "legacy...

Fresh protests in Sudan call for ouster of al-Bashir

Feb. 12, 2019 9:42 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering in different Sudanese cities, protesting against autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday's demonstrations were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella of independent professional unions. Video footage shows demonstrators...

Education unions oppose calls to arm teachers

Feb. 11, 2019 6:15 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The nation's two largest education unions reiterated their opposition to arming teachers as a response to school shootings Monday, saying more guns on campuses will make them less safe. The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association joined with...

Denver teachers prepare to strike over pay dispute

Feb. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. The teachers union and Denver Public Schools met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after more than a year of negotiations, but both sides...

The Latest: District leader disappointed by end of talks

Feb. 10, 2019 12:07 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a possible Denver teachers strike (all times local): 10 p.m. The superintendent of Denver Public Schools says she's disappointed that the teachers union broke off negotiations Saturday night. In a statement, Superintendent Susana Cordova said: "I am extremely disappointed that...

In soccer-mad Argentina, women fight sexism and inequality

Feb. 7, 2019 12:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little to no money for their work on the field. Macarena Sanchez wants to change that — now. The 27-year-old Sanchez is taking legal...

Judge sides with Christian group in religious freedom case

Feb. 7, 2019 12:06 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status after the organization barred a gay student from a leadership position. U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction...

Boyfriend of admitted covert Russian agent accused of fraud

Feb. 6, 2019 10:46 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The boyfriend of a Russian woman who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin has been charged with fraud in South Dakota, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Businessman and conservative political operative Paul Erickson, 56, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 11 counts...

Denver teachers plan strike in contract dispute

Feb. 6, 2019 9:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers said they plan to strike next week after Colorado officials declined to intervene Wednesday in a pay dispute between the educators and the school district. State officials believe the two sides are close to a negotiated agreement, Department of Labor Executive Director Joe...