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Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...

TV actor Allison Mack enters prison in NXIVM sex slave case

Sep. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader. Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close...

Bloomington panel backs Black family's name for Jordan Ave

Sep. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington's Plan Commission has endorsed renaming the city's portion of Jordan Avenue after a Black family that rose to prominence after escaping slavery instead of a 19th century Indiana University president who supported eugenics. The...

Advocates, 2 women sue in bid to close Nevada legal brothels

Sep. 13, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A national advocacy group and a Nevada lawyer have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit aimed at convincing a judge the nation’s only legal brothels are dens of illegal sex trafficking and unconstitutional slavery. The case filed Friday in Las Vegas by...

NXIVM co-founder sentenced to 3 1/2 years in sex slaves case

Sep. 08, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former nurse who co-founded and once ran the cult-like NXIVM group, where prosecutors say some women were brainwashed, branded like animals and coerced into sex, was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in prison but won't be locked up until January. Nancy...

Sojourner Truth descendants give ‘great-grandpa’ a marker

Sep. 05, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — As O.D. Collins sang “His Eye is On the Sparrow,” generations of Sojourner Truth descendants gathered around the headstone of a man who died 122 years ago. Though they had never met Thomas Schuyler, the family of Sojourner Truth in...

Xinjiang genocide conference aims to up pressure on China

Sep. 01, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Leading scholars and lawyers are joining politicians and human rights groups in Britain Wednesday for the first large-scale conference to discuss the Chinese government’s alleged genocide against the Uyghur ethnic group in the northwest Xinjiang region. ...

Effort underway in Salem to restore graves of abolitionists

Aug. 29, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — What started as a project to restore the gravestones of three Black men and women who played a role in the abolitionist movement on the North Shore is evolving into a larger effort to find and restore the final resting places for other African American families,...

California couple pleads guilty to holding Guatemala family

Aug. 24, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to forcing a Guatemalan relative and her two daughters to work long hours under poor conditions while keeping the girls out of school with threats that they would be deported. Nery Martinez...

Memorial in Va. will honor first Africans brought to America

Aug. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) — There’s a grassy spot on the southwestern side of Fort Monroe National Monument that looks out across the expansive waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a place where people gather under a shady tree for a picnic lunch, or linger along the seawall to gaze at the...