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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Dave Haywood, from left, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, of Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, arrive at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The Grammy-winning country group, which dropped the word

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

Jul. 8, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years. The Grammy-winning vocal group filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in federal...

Pennsylvania inmates file challenge to parole restrictions

Jul. 8, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

Six Pennsylvania inmates serving defacto life without parole sentences for crimes where they did not kill or intend to kill someone are challenging the state's felony murder statutes as unconstitutional under the state's ban on cruel punishment. The six inmates represented by lawyers from the Abolitionist Law...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

Vote set on controversy over new middle school name

Jul. 8, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city council will vote in August to name Middletown’s new middle school after a family of abolitionists and leaders of the state’s free Black communities or after former President Woodrow Wilson. During a public hearing, proponents of naming the school...

In this combination photo, Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers at the premiere of the film

Oprah, Lionsgate to help adapt The 1619 Project for film, TV

Jul. 8, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times’ recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside “The 1619 Project” architect...

Faculty votes to remove Franklin Pierce name from law school

Jul. 8, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The faculty at a New Hampshire law school bearing the name of the state's only president, Franklin Pierce, have voted to support removing him from its title, weeks after students raised concerns about Pierce's ties to slavery. Pierce, the country’s 14th president, served from...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, file photo, a worker works with palm oil fruits at a collection center in Dangkil, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, anti-trafficking organization Liberty Shared said it filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by Malaysia-based Sime Darby Berhad, one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian palm oil giant hit with forced labor allegations

Jul. 8, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An anti-trafficking organization has filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. The petition against...

A replica of a statue of Frederick Douglass sits in the studio of Olivia Kim, a sculptor who worked on finishing three replicas, July 16, 2018 in her Rochester, N.Y. studio. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass has been ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches. Police say the statue of Douglass was taken from Maplewood Park and placed near the Genesee River gorge on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

Jul. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - FILE - In this Monday June 8, 2020, file photo, an image of George Floyd is projected on the base of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. The statue has been the focal point of protester over the death of George Floyd. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered the removal of the statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Projections at Lee Monument offer peace in times of violence

Jul. 5, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Aaron Parker took the final inhale of his last American Spirit cigarette and craned his neck toward the graffitied vestige of a Confederate past — a general revered in his history books as a “not-so-bad” enslaver who fought for states’ rights. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks in Washington. President Donald Trump has visions of establishing by the final months of his second term—should he win one—a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the prominent figures in the nation’s history, including Justice Scalia, that he sees as the “greatest Americans to ever live.” The president unveiled his plan Friday, July 3, 2020, during his speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, S.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

Amid furor over monuments, Trump seeks `garden' of US heroes

Jul. 4, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of “the greatest Americans to ever live.”...