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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

Alaska city approves draft of wide-ranging equal rights law

Jul. 8, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city council approved a draft ordinance to protect equal rights for residents covering a range of personal, cultural and social circumstances. The first reading of an equal rights ordinance that passed last Thursday would prohibit discrimination based on factors including...

FILE - In this early Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, a protester carries a U.S. flag upside, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis and across the country. The U.S. has been dramatically disrupted in a matter of months, brought low by a global pandemic, Depression-era economic dislocation, and then, nationwide unrest over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city

Jul. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed. But Tom Roy had given it his...

Executive turmoil at Essence, Ebony magazines prompt changes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two storied magazines that focus on news and culture in the Black community, Essence and Ebony, are in the midst of turmoil at their top levels. Ebony late last week forced out CEO Willard Jackson following an initial inquiry into some of his financial transactions. The general interest...

Residents, wearing white clothes and traditional red scarves, take to the streets on the day the ''txupinazo'' would usually take place to start the famous San Fermin festival, which was due canceled this year by the conoravirus, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Little to celebrate in Pamplona with no running of the bulls

Jul. 6, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Residents in Spain’s northern city of Pamplona dressed up Monday in white clothes and traditional red scarves to mark what should have been the start of their annual San Fermín festival, which was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Known for its races...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, center, speaks to Stacie Ritter, right, and her son, Jan, during a meeting with families who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act in Lancaster, Pa. Biden is hoping to capture Florida and other pivotal states by pushing Latino turnout rates higher than when Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

1 ad, 3 accents: How Democrats aim to win Latino votes

Jul. 6, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish-language ads for Joe Biden used the same slogan to contrast him with President Donald Trump — “los cuentos no pagan las cuentas,” a play on words that roughly means “telling stories won't pay the bills.” But the narrator for the version that...

President Donald Trump speaks during a

2020 Watch: Has Trump surrendered to the coronavirus?

Jul. 6, 2020 5:35 AM EDT

Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to next set of primaries (New Jersey and Delaware): 1 Days to general election: 120 ___ THE NARRATIVE We're moving into the heart of summer, but if you're expecting the traditional summertime slowdown in...

In this June 19, 2020, photo, people attend a peaceful rally in Chicago to mark Juneteenth. The holiday celebrates the day in 1865 that enslaved black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

'Lift Every Voice and Sing' hymn ignites hope across nation

Jul. 6, 2020 3:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called “Lift Every Voice and Sing” has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests. In recent weeks, countless rallies were held from D.C. to...

This photo provided by Scholastic shows CEO Dick Robinson. (Erica Lansner/Scholastic via AP)

Scholastic CEO talks civil unrest, pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers,...

The historic Serbian Cultural Center in South St. Paul, seen in a Feb. 6, 2019 photo. In June 2020, the South St. Paul City Council unanimously agreed to amend an ordinance to allow reception halls to operate as a conditional use in residential areas, as long as the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.(Scott Takushi/Pioneer Press via AP)

Bringing life back to South St. Paul’s ‘Forgotten Hall’

Jul. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It’s been easy for Alex Stojmenovic to see the Serbian Hall’s past. He has sifted through the stacks of black-and-white photos that were left at the two-story brick building, read up on its rich history in South St. Paul and heard the personal stories from...