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PBS' 'Making Black America' details thriving while excluded

Oct. 04, 2022 13:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — America slammed the door in the face of Black progress time after time, and time after time African Americans responded by thriving in a society of their own making. When Black doctors were excluded from the American Medical Association, they formed the National...

Review: 'Our Missing Hearts' conjures up dystopian future

Oct. 03, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

“Our Missing Hearts,” by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press) Celeste Ng takes us into a dystopian future where people are judged on their embrace of American "customs and traditions" and people of Asian descent are viewed with suspicion, sometimes even hate. Noah Gardner is...

AP PHOTOS: Kolkata artists paint, mold idols for Durga Puja

Oct. 03, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Spirits are soaring in India's “City of Joy” as tens of thousands of people jostle on Kolkata's streets in celebration of “Durga Puja,” the most important festival of the Bengali community. The five-day festival that began Saturday is marked by prayers...

Amid rising seas, island nations push for legal protections

Sep. 30, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

APIA, Samoa (AP) — When and if an island nation fully submerges due to rising seas, what happens to the nationalities of its citizens? This and other related questions are being considered by island nations advocating for changes to international law as climate change threatens...

Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 29, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

Mexico is world's deadliest spot for environmental activists

Sep. 28, 2022 23:21 PM EDT

VICAM, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead...

As Cantonese language wanes, efforts grow to preserve it

Sep. 26, 2022 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three decades ago, finding opportunities to learn Cantonese in San Francisco wasn't hard. But today in the city that's drawn Cantonese speakers from South China for over 150 years, there's fear that political and social upheaval are diminishing a language that is a cultural...

Bargain hunter scores 700-year-old medieval times document

Sep. 23, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bargain hunter who went to an estate sale in Maine to find a KitchenAid mixer, a bookshelf or vintage clothing walked away with a 700-year-old treasure. Instead of a kitchen appliance, Will Sideri stumbled upon a framed document hanging on a wall. It had...

Drowning island nations: 'This is how a Pacific atoll dies'

Sep. 22, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano is racing to save his tiny island nation from drowning by raising it 13 to 16 feet (4 to 5 meters) above sea level through land reclamation. ...

Mexico ups protection at pre-Hispanic ceremonial site

Sep. 21, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has declared a pre-Hispanic site in the central state of Guanajuato as an archaeological monument zone protecting it from the possibility of encroaching development and expressing a commitment to continue excavating the ancient ruins. The National...