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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Pool via AP)

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities

Jul. 9, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party, including a member of the ruling Politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities that China has detained in the western part of the country. The...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Civil War reenactors marching with Confederate battle flags during their reenactment of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa. The banner, with its red field and blue X design, is the best known of the flags of the Confederacy, but the short-lived rebel nation also had other flags. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

AP Explains: Confederate flags draw differing responses

Jul. 9, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

Public pressure amid protests over racial inequality forced Mississippi to furl its Confederate-inspired state flag for good, yet Georgia’s flag is based on another Confederate design and lives on. Why the difference? The Confederacy used more than one flag while it was fighting the United States to...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Dave Haywood, from left, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, of Lady A, formerly Lady Antebellum, arrive at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. The Grammy-winning country group, which dropped the word

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

Jul. 8, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years. The Grammy-winning vocal group filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in federal...

Pennsylvania inmates file challenge to parole restrictions

Jul. 8, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

Six Pennsylvania inmates serving defacto life without parole sentences for crimes where they did not kill or intend to kill someone are challenging the state's felony murder statutes as unconstitutional under the state's ban on cruel punishment. The six inmates represented by lawyers from the Abolitionist Law...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

In this combination photo, Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers at the premiere of the film

Oprah, Lionsgate to help adapt The 1619 Project for film, TV

Jul. 8, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to adapt the The New York Times’ recent project examining the legacy of slavery for film and television. Lionsgate said Wednesday that it will work alongside “The 1619 Project” architect...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, file photo, a worker works with palm oil fruits at a collection center in Dangkil, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, anti-trafficking organization Liberty Shared said it filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by Malaysia-based Sime Darby Berhad, one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian palm oil giant hit with forced labor allegations

Jul. 8, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An anti-trafficking organization has filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies. The petition against...

A replica of a statue of Frederick Douglass sits in the studio of Olivia Kim, a sculptor who worked on finishing three replicas, July 16, 2018 in her Rochester, N.Y. studio. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass has been ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches. Police say the statue of Douglass was taken from Maplewood Park and placed near the Genesee River gorge on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

Jul. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014, file photo Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks in Washington. President Donald Trump has visions of establishing by the final months of his second term—should he win one—a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the prominent figures in the nation’s history, including Justice Scalia, that he sees as the “greatest Americans to ever live.” The president unveiled his plan Friday, July 3, 2020, during his speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, S.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

Amid furor over monuments, Trump seeks `garden' of US heroes

Jul. 4, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of “the greatest Americans to ever live.”...

Items for sale showing the confederate flag are shown at the Flex & Flannigans shop in Gettysburg, Pa., Monday, June 23, 2020. How the push to removed Confederate flags and monuments never quite comes to Gettysburg.(Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Gettysburg reckons with Confederacy symbols

Jul. 4, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nationwide push to take down symbols of the Confederacy, to question why anyone flies a rebel flag at all, has come to Gettysburg, a city of barely 1,100 on the South Dakota prairie, where the buffalo once roamed. Gettysburg, S.D., is approximately 1,400 miles northwest of its...