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Theodore Roosevelt statue at New York museum to be relocated

Jun. 23, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt at the entrance of The American Museum of Natural History will be removed after years of criticism that it symbolizes colonial subjugation and racial discrimination. The New York City Public Design Commission...

Europe seeks disabled astronauts, more women in space

Jun. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency says it was “blown away” by the record number of applicants — more than 22,000 — hoping to become the continent’s next generation of space travelers, including more women than ever and some 200 people with disabilities. ...

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz announces campaign for governor

Jun. 23, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a critic of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Wednesday that she is running for Massachusetts governor next year — adding another Democrat candidate to a burgeoning campaign. ...

5 Black officers accuse UW police department of racism

Jun. 23, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Five Black officers with the University of Washington Police Department have filed claims for $8 million in damages, saying they've been routinely insulted and demeaned by co-workers and supervisors. Some officers said they also were disciplined and...

New Mexico financial trustees weigh social responsibility

Jun. 23, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Custodians of New Mexico's two multibillion-dollar financial trusts that underwrite public education and infrastructure spending are weighing whether to giver greater weight to issues of social responsibility and sustainability in investment decisions. ...

Supreme Court upholds expansion of Newark charter schools

Jun. 22, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

New Jersey's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the state's decision to allow the expansion of seven charter schools in Newark, rejecting a challenge that argued it would hinder the ability of students in traditional public schools to get a quality education. The lawsuit...

Opera singer says Paris police detained, strip searched her

Jun. 22, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — South African opera star Pretty Yende said she was detained by French authorities, strip searched and held in a dark room at Paris’ main airport after arriving this week for a starring role at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. “Police brutality is real...

Ex-principal accuses school district of discrimination

Jun. 22, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A former South Albany High School principal is suing Greater Albany Public Schools, claiming the district racially discriminated against him and created a hostile work environment. Nain “Nate” Munoz filed the suit last month in U.S. District...

Virginia hopes to remove time capsule along with Lee statue

Jun. 22, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If a court clears the way, the state of Virginia expects to remove not just a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue but also a little-known piece of history tucked inside the massive sculpture’s base: a...

Lawsuit challenging CA women-in-boardroom law revived

Jun. 21, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit that challenged California's law requiring women to be placed in hundreds of corporate boardrooms. In a unanimous ruling, three judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a shareholder...