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Pro-Palestinian student protests target colleges' financial ties with Israel

Apr. 24, 2024 00:27 AM EDT

Students at a growing number of U.S. colleges are gathering in protest encampments with a unified demand of their schools: Stop doing business with Israel — or any companies that empower its ongoing war in Gaza. The demand has its roots in a decades-old campaign against Israel's...

Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi is 'tickled pink' to inspire a Barbie doll

Apr. 24, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

Like many little girls, a young Kristi Yamaguchi loved playing with Barbie. With a schedule packed with ice skating practices, her Barbie dolls became her “best friends.” So, it's surreal for the decorated Olympian figure skater to now be a Barbie girl herself. ...

A conservative quest to limit diversity programs gains momentum in states

Apr. 24, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

A conservative quest to limit diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives is gaining momentum in state capitals and college governing boards, with officials in about one-third of the states now taking some sort of action against it. Tennessee became the latest when the Republican...

Minnesota and other Democratic-led states lead pushback on censorship. They're banning the book ban

Apr. 23, 2024 14:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A movement to ban book bans is gaining steam in Minnesota and several other states, in contrast to the trend playing out in more conservative states where book challenges have soared to their highest levels in decades. The move to quash book bans is welcome...

Kansas has a new anti-DEI law, but the governor has vetoed bills on abortion and even police dogs

Apr. 23, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Friday vetoed proposed tax breaks for anti-abortion counseling centers while allowing restrictions on college diversity initiatives approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to become law without her signature. Gov. Laura...

William Strickland, a longtime civil rights activist, scholar and friend of Malcolm X, has died

Apr. 23, 2024 13:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — William Strickland, a longtime civil rights activist and supporter of the Black Power movement who worked with Malcolm X and other prominent leaders in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. Strickland, whose death April 10 was confirmed by a relative, first became active in...

Mississippi lawmakers move toward restoring voting rights to 32 felons as broader suffrage bill dies

Apr. 23, 2024 00:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators advanced bills Monday to give voting rights back to 32 people convicted of felonies, weeks after a Senate leader killed a broader bill that would have restored suffrage to many more people with criminal records. The move is necessary...

Storm relief and funding for programs related to Maine's deadliest-ever shooting included in budget

Apr. 22, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Monday signed a $127.4 million budget adjustment that includes funding for recovery from storm damage and for several programs sought by the governor after the deadliest shooting in state history. Mills said she signed the...

Foundation to convene 3rd annual summit on anti-Asian hate, building AAPI coalitions

Apr. 22, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation launched in the wake of anti-Asian hate will hold a wide-ranging conference bringing together Asian American and Pacific Islander notable figures for a third year. The Asian American Foundation will hold a Heritage Month Summit next month in New York...

Iowa lawmakers address immigration, religious freedom and taxes in 2024 session

Apr. 22, 2024 14:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After a marathon day that stretched into Saturday's early hours, Iowa lawmakers wrapped up a four-month legislative session that focused on reforming the way special education is managed and speeding up tax cuts. The Republican-led General Assembly also waded into issues...