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EXPLAINER: What to know on Congress' bid to bar rail strike

Nov. 29, 2022 18:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is asking Congress to intervene to avert a potentially crippling freight rail strike before Christmas and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling a vote this week to do so, even if it means handing a defeat to Democratic allies in the labor movement. ...

From prisoner to PM, Malaysia's Anwar had long ride to top

Nov. 24, 2022 19:42 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day. Anwar was named Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the nation’s king and sworn in Thursday, trumping a...

New service union seeks to inspire labor movement in South

Nov. 18, 2022 15:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Over 100 service industry workers gathered Friday in the capital of South Carolina, the state with the country’s lowest unionization rate, to launch a new union and in turn try to boost labor organizing across the South. The Union of Southern Service Workers...

'We Can': Malaysia's Anwar in ultimate election bid to be PM

Nov. 14, 2022 21:57 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — With a battle cry of “We Can,” reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has launched what could be his last chance to fulfill a 2-decade-long quest to become Malaysia’s leader in Nov. 19 general elections. As he criss-crosses the country to push...

Alabama's capital removes Confederate names from 2 schools

Nov. 12, 2022 10:49 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two high schools in Alabama's capital, a hub of the civil rights movement, will no longer bear the names of Confederate leaders. The Montgomery County Board of Education on Thursday voted for new names for Jefferson Davis High School and Robert E Lee High...

Walker, Warnock offer clashing religious messages in Georgia

Nov. 05, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One candidate in Georgia’s Senate contest warns that “spiritual warfare” has entangled America and offers himself to voters as a “warrior for God.” But it isn’t the ordained Baptist minister who leads the church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. ...

Memphis airport adds exhibit from civil rights photographer

Oct. 23, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis and Memphis International Airport will co-host an exhibit depicting the civil rights movement in Fayette County through the photographs of freelance photographer Art Shay. The...

'Change has come': Mississippi unveils Emmett Till statue

Oct. 21, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of people applauded — and some wiped away tears — as a Mississippi community unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Emmett Till on Friday, not far from where white men kidnapped and killed the Black teenager over accusations he had flirted with a white woman in...

Illinois takes center stage in battle over union rights vote

Oct. 19, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — With U.S. union ranks swelling as everyone from coffee shop baristas to warehouse workers seeks to organize, Illinois voters will decide next month whether to amend their state constitution to guarantee the right to bargain collectively. The fate of the ballot...

Apple workers in Oklahoma vote to unionize in 2nd labor win

Oct. 15, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, marking the second unionized Apple store in the U.S. in a matter of months, according to the federal labor board. The vote on Friday signaled another win for the labor movement, which has been gaining...