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AP PHOTOS: Tibetan traditions threatened by politics, growth

Jun. 23, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — The name Tibet conjures up images of snowy peaks, vermillion temples and prayer flags snapping in the Himalayan wind. Those features remain, but the religious and cultural foundations underpinning them appear to be coming unstuck. Long defined by its...

NOAA to designate Wisconsin coastline as national sanctuary

Jun. 22, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal officials have designated a huge swath of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coastline as a National Marine Sanctuary to protect historic shipwrecks in the area, Gov. Tony Evers' office announced Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Analysis: Controversies had unexpected twists in La. session

Jun. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legislative session saw lawmakers engage in many of the same cultural clashes as their counterparts in other states and several of their own unique disputes, but with some surprising outcomes. The majority-Republican House and Senate...

Students excavate site in Daniel Boone National Forest

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Deep in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Mary White, the district archeologist for the forest service, used a small brush to sweep away newly discovered petroglyphs, which are pre-historic carvings. The discovery of a tiny carving of a turkey print...

Historic Florida steam train will become tourist attraction

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 101-year-old steam locomotive that once plied the steel ribbons between Jacksonville and Virginia, then was displayed downtown before its move to the Prime Osborn Convention Center’s parking lot, has another journey to make. The City...

American Samoa culture plays role in US citizenship ruling

Jun. 16, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a decision citing American Samoa cultural traditions, those born in the U.S. territory shouldn't have citizenship automatically forced on them, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a lower court...

Advocates work toward new southern Nevada national monument

Jun. 14, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates in southern Nevada are building momentum toward setting aside a wide desert area rich with biological diversity and Native American cultural significance for permanent environmental protection. The site would be called Avi Kwa Ame National...

Illinois historic preservation group awards $17K in grants

Jun. 14, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A historic preservaton group is giving out $17,000 in grants to projects across Illinois, including restoration of a 1920s era post office and a virtual reality experience at a site that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Landmarks Illinois...

‘In the Heights’ lifts hopes for a Latino film breakthrough

Jun. 09, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Color. Dance. Music. Joy. An all Latino cast! The hype for “In the Heights” has brought great expectation for Latinos in the United States, a group that’s been historically underrepresented and widely typecast in films. And with upcoming titles...

Bolivia's 'People of the Water' try to survive loss of lake

Jun. 09, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

PUNACA TINTA MARIA, Bolivia (AP) — For many generations, the homeland of the Uru people here wasn't land at all: It was the brackish waters of Lake Poopo. The Uru — “people of the water” — would build a sort of family island of reeds when they married and would...