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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 30, 2022 16:41 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. November 28, 2022. Editorial: An outraged judge suspends mind control in Florida Florida is living proof of George Santayana’s famous warning that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Here,...

Dominican sugar imports tied to forced labor rejected by US

Nov. 23, 2022 11:57 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will detain all imports of sugar and related products made in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. amid allegations that it uses forced labor. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

Slavery's ghost haunts cotton gin factory's transformation

Nov. 22, 2022 10:21 AM EST

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — There’s no painless way to explain the history of a massive brick structure being renovated into apartments in this central Alabama city — a factory that played a key role in the expansion of slavery before the Civil War. Dating back to the 1830s, the...

Georgia city strips 170-year-old honor from slavery advocate

Nov. 10, 2022 16:20 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of Georgia's oldest city voted Thursday to strip the name of a former U.S. vice president and vocal slavery advocate from the public square named in his honor more than 170 years ago. Plotted in 1851, Calhoun Square was named for John C. Calhoun, a...

2022 midterms live updates: Latest election news from AP

Nov. 09, 2022 20:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Follow along for real-time, on-the-ground updates on the 2022 U.S. midterm elections from The Associated Press. Live updates — all times Eastern — are produced by AP journalists around the country. You can find updates from Election Night itself at this page....

Slavery, involuntary servitude rejected by 4 states' voters

Nov. 09, 2022 18:17 PM EST

Voters in four states have approved ballot measures that will change their state constitutions to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime, while those in a fifth state rejected a flawed version of the question. The measures approved Tuesday could curtail...

World Cup: French company charged with forced labor in Qatar

Nov. 09, 2022 13:58 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A subsidiary of French construction company Vinci was handed preliminary charges Wednesday of forced labor and other alleged violations of the rights of migrant workers hired to build infrastructure in Qatar around the World Cup. The company denies the charges and is...

French building group summoned over Qatar working conditions

Nov. 07, 2022 09:58 AM EST

French construction company Vinci said on Monday that one of its subsidiaries has been summoned by an investigating judge to answer charges that it did not respect the rights of migrant workers who were hired to build infrastructure for the World Cup in Qatar. The charges relate to a...

Wes Moore, Black Democrats aiming to make Maryland history

Oct. 29, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Wes Moore could soon make history if elected Maryland’s first Black governor, and he's not alone: Rep. Anthony Brown would be the state’s first Black attorney general. Aruna Miller, Moore's running mate who immigrated from India, would be the first Asian-American elected...

UK court to hear Uyghur demands to ban Xinjiang cotton

Oct. 25, 2022 05:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Uyghur organization and a human rights group are taking the U.K. government to court to challenge Britain’s failure to block the import of cotton products associated with forced labor and other abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region. Tuesday’s hearing...