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Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register

Jul. 19, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home. The 1950s adobe, where the first woman on the nation's highest court loved to cook and serve meals across party lines, was added Friday to the...

Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers' festival

Jul. 19, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss residents and tourists alike are partying like they haven't since 1999. The town of Vevey has kicked off the 12th "Fete des Vignerons," or Winemakers Festival, the latest installment in a centuries-old tradition of celebrating vineyard workers — which nowadays takes...

NH camp named to National Register of Historic Places

Jul. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

HEBRON, N.H. (AP) — A summer camp founded in 1903 in New Hampshire has been put on the National Register of Historic Places. Camp Mowglis, in Hebron, is described as the first U.S. summer camp dedicated to boys under 14. It was founded by Elizabeth Ford Holt, who also founded nearby Camp Redcroft for...

BLM finalizes Burning Man environmental review

Jul. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued a final environmental impact statement for the Burning Man counter-culture festival that will cap attendance at the current 80,000 limit for the annual gathering in the northern Nevada desert. The formal record of decision released Wednesday...

1938 ski jump added to National Register of Historic Places

Jul. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

MILAN, N.H. (AP) — The Nansen Ski Jump in Milan, New Hampshire, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1938, the 65-meter Nansen Ski Jump was the largest in the U.S. at the time, and it retains most of its original design. Officials said Wednesday it was placed on the...

House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke

Jul. 16, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist...

Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump's America

Jul. 16, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

Even before President Donald Trump's racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said that Trump has been making them worse. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the "broken and...

Czech stud farm makes UNESCO's World Heritage list

Jul. 16, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

KLADRUBY NAD LABEM, Czech Republic (AP) — A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries. The National stud...

Trump digs in on racist tweets: 'Many people agree with me'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread criticism, President Donald Trump renewed his belligerent call on Monday for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. "right now," cementing his position as the most willing U.S. leader in generations to stoke the discord that helped...

Historic Chu Building in Arkansas added to endangered list

Jul. 15, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Only a few remnants of the Chu Building's past life could still be seen during a recent visit. Best known for having housed a grocery owned by a Chinese family on one side and the Harlem Theater on the other, it's the oldest brick building still standing on Front Street here. In...