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Town drops charges against man who displayed profane flag

Dec. 08, 2021 11:49 AM EST

BLUE RAPIDS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas town has dropped all charges against a man prosecuted for flying a flag outside his home with a profanity against President Joe Biden, a civil rights group said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas got involved after the city of...

Inside the 'big wave' of misinformation targeted at Latinos

Dec. 01, 2021 16:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before last year's presidential election, Facebook ads targeting Latino voters described Joe Biden as a communist. During his inauguration, another conspiracy theory spread online and on Spanish-language radio warning that a brooch worn by Lady Gaga signaled Biden was...

China says 85% of citizens will use Mandarin by 2025

Dec. 01, 2021 02:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is launching an aggressive campaign to promote Mandarin, saying 85% of its citizens will use the national language by 2025. The move appears to put threatened Chinese regional dialects such as Cantonese and Hokkien under even greater pressure,...

Tribe that gave Missouri its name works to save its language

Nov. 25, 2021 17:09 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Before English, French or any European language was spoken in the spot of the map where Missouri sits, Native American tribes brought their own dialects to the region. One of those dialects was Chiwere, a Siouan language originally spoken by the...

Sparks fly as neutral pronoun included in French dictionary

Nov. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — It’s a neutral pronoun that’s proving anything but: A nonbinary pronoun added to an esteemed French dictionary has ignited a fierce linguistic squabble in the country. Le Petit Robert introduced the word “iel” — an amalgamation of “il” (he)...

Hopi at crossroads of maintaining language for elected posts

Nov. 09, 2021 21:19 PM EST

POLACCA, Ariz. (AP) — Candidates for Hopi chairman move easily between the tribe's language and English as they make their case for votes from a high school auditorium. The audience is a mix of fluent speakers, Hopis whose language and culture were attacked at...

Profanity at finish disqualifies 2nd place Michigan runner

Nov. 09, 2021 15:59 PM EST

PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan high school runner who finished second in a state championship race was disqualified for expressing four-letter words of joy as he crossed the finish line. Garrett Winter, a senior at Parchment High School, ran the 3.1-mile course in...

Sergeant whose union office was raided loses vacation days

Nov. 05, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of New York City's police sergeants union has been punished with a loss of 70 vacation days, which amounts to almost $32,000 in pay, after being found guilty by his own police department of improperly disclosing information and using inappropriate language on...

Profanities removed from Kansas legislative hearing audio

Nov. 02, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An official recording of a Kansas legislative hearing that appears on a Legislative website and YouTube was edited to remove profanities directed at a journalist. Justin Speihs was testifying Saturday against mask mandates before the Special...

FBI using Navajo language in campaign targeting hate crimes

Oct. 29, 2021 23:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The FBI has begun a campaign to use the Navajo language on social media to combat hate crimes. The federal enforcement agency said Friday that it has an ad in the Navajo language on Facebook that encourages victims and witnesses to contact the...