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Wildfire threatens unspoiled Georgia island rich in history

Jun. 22, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded human...

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

Jun. 20, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they're part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to them. “They have been...

Taliban release several British citizens held in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have released several British citizens who were detained in Afghanistan after an agreement was reached between the two countries, Taliban and U.K. officials said Monday. The detainees were released Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan...

Black Americans living abroad reflect on Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 20, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — As the United States marks only the second federally recognized Juneteenth, Black Americans living overseas have embraced the holiday as a day of reflection and an opportunity to educate people in their host countries on Black history. President Joe Biden moved...

Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities

Jun. 19, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. ...

George Lamming, a giant of modern Caribbean writing, dies

Jun. 19, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Lamming, a giant of post-colonial literature whose novels, essays and speeches influenced readers and peers in his native Barbados and around the world, has died at age 94. His death this month was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said,...

Agritourism trail spotlights Black farms in Georgia

Jun. 19, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Tucked behind the wrought iron gates that line the frontage at 801 Old Pretoria Road is the stuff that retreat-style getaways are made of: an 1851 mansion appointed in period furniture available for rent as a wedding venue or other private event; farm acreage dotted with...

Brazil Indigenous expert was 'bigger target' in recent years

Jun. 18, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Before disappearing in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, Bruno Pereira was laying the groundwork for a mammoth undertaking: a 350-kilometer (217-mile) trail marking the southwestern border of the Javari Valley Indigenous territory, an area the size of Portugal. The...

Bill puts two-year moratorium on new Iowa casino licenses

Jun. 18, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a measure that places a two-year moratorium on new casino licenses — a move the mayor of Cedar Rapids called “disappointing.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that an amendment to a larger gambling bill...

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Jun. 15, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states has largely stalled. ...