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Spanish-language reporter released from immigration custody

Jul. 11, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Spanish-language reporter who has been facing deportation since his arrest 15 months ago while covering an immigration protest in Tennessee was released Thursday from custody as his case proceeds. Manuel Duran was released from an Alabama detention center on a $2,000 bail set by...

Schools still struggling with how to teach about slavery

Jul. 6, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

"They made me a slave today." Aneka Burton still remembers the way her then 10-year-old son, Nikko, who is black, recounted his experience to his grandfather after school one day. It was 2011. But Burton believes the classroom exercise in which Nikko's classmates were encouraged to examine and pretend to bid on...

Trump calls America's story 'the greatest political journey'

Jul. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Trump asks Americans to 'stay true to our cause'

Jul. 4, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to...

Declaration of Independence still inspires activists

Jul. 1, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shauna Marie O'Toole is a transgender activist who has organized and attended countless rallies and lobbied New York State lawmakers for legal protections. Convinced that "no amount of science" would win over opponents, she decided that an "emotional statement" was needed, one drawing upon...

New exhibit traces 4 centuries of black history in Virginia

Jun. 20, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The artifacts in a new exhibit tracing four centuries of black history in Virginia range from the painful to the poignant: leg shackles and chains used during slavery, a letter from a fugitive slave describing the joys of his newfound freedom and a stool from a Richmond lunch counter...

Sanders makes case for democratic socialism after criticism

Jun. 12, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders on Wednesday mounted a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career, even as Republicans and some of his Democratic presidential opponents have seized on it to brand him as too radical. Sanders' speech, coming two...

Sanders to outline 'what democratic socialism means to me'

Jun. 11, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to rebut President Donald Trump's attempts to cast him and Democrats as too liberal, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to give a speech Wednesday on democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career. He made similar remarks during his first...

Today in History

Jun. 10, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 10, the 161st day of 2019. There are 204 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 10, 1967, six days of war in the Mideast involving Israel, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq ended as Israel and Syria accepted a United Nations-mediated cease-fire. On this...

Mourners remember Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine

Jun. 8, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family, friends and fans of Leah Chase — the Queen of Creole Cuisine — will be gathering to pay their respects to the legendary New Orleans figure who died a week ago. A visitation and memorial service is being held Saturday at Xavier University. A funeral is scheduled for...