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Cyclists raise awareness of poverty, civil rights

Oct. 19, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group of cyclists are traveling across Alabama to raise awareness of rural poverty and civil rights. The group Civil Rides said in a news release that 20 cyclists are taking part in the ride on Saturday and Sunday. Civil Rides said the group sees poverty as a modern civil rights...

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Oct. 8, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery...

Islamists, jailed tycoon claim Tunisian parliament victory

Oct. 6, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's moderate Islamist party appeared to be heading for victory in parliamentary elections, according to polling agencies, though the rival party of a jailed populist tycoon also claimed to come out on top of Sunday's voting. The election is seen as important for the country's...

Polish police stop protesters who disrupt gay pride parade

Sep. 28, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police used water cannons and pepper spray and detained dozens of far-right protesters who tried to disrupt an LGBT pride march Saturday in conservative eastern Poland. The clash took place during the second so-called Equality March in the city of Lublin. The event reflects the gay...

New project highlights civil rights sites in Alabama

Sep. 25, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new project is highlighting some of the places in Alabama that played a role in the civil rights movement. An online, oral history presentation called "Voices of Alabama" features photos of historic sites and interviews with some of the people who worked with the civil rights...

Emmett Till cousin on inquiry: 'What is the holdup?'

Sep. 24, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The government is still investigating the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager whose death helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. A Justice Department report issued to Congress about civil rights cold case investigations lists the 1955 slaying of...

Nurses, auto strikes may be signs of awakening US unions

Sep. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and higher wages as the nation's labor movement has begun flexing muscles weakened by decades of declining membership amid business...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

LGBTQ Christians in Wisconsin look for a faith home

Sep. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Craig Dull was studying to be a Lutheran minister when he came out during his junior year of college. It wasn't planned. At the time, he said, he believed he could somehow pray away his innermost feelings. Maybe if he prayed hard enough, he thought, God would intervene and make him...