May Day Rallies in Europe Urge More Help as Inflation Bites

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May 1, 2022Elaine GanleyAP News PARIS (AP)—Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday in cities around Europe for May Day protests to honor workers and shame governments into doing more for their citizens. In France, protesters shouted slogans against newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, a development that may set the tone for his second term. Tensions erupted in Paris, as … Read More

Can the Florida Legislature Get Rid of Disney’s Special District?

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April 20, 2022Kirby WilsonTampa Bay Times TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Legislature is moving swiftly to strip The Walt Disney Co. of a series of unique legal protections that essentially give the company sweeping governmental powers. If the Republican-controlled Legislature passes a proposal drafted and hastily debated this week, the Reedy Creek Improvement District—as well as five other special districts in the state—would … Read More

Fears Rise in Ukraine of Use of Chemical Weapons

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April 13, 2022Francesco Fontemaggi and Sylvie LanteaumeThe Moscow Times The United States said Tuesday it has “credible information” that Russia may use “chemical agents” in its offensive to take the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, reigniting concerns about the use of such prohibited weapons. While the West and Kyiv have been warning Moscow since the start of its invasion on … Read More

From Nuremberg to Darfur, History Has Seen Some War Criminals Brought to Trial

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April 10, 2022Ron ElvingNPR Back in March, a White House reporter got President Biden to say out loud that he considered Russian President Vladimir Putin “a war criminal.” Those words resounded like a pistol crack in Washington and around the world. Even in the realm of rhetoric, accusations of war crimes carry weight. Attaching Putin’s name made the moment all … Read More

“Gold Mine” of Census Records Being Released from 1950

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March 31, 2022Mike SchneiderAP News It was the first census after World War II. The baby boom had begun. The Great Migration of Black residents from the Jim Crow South to places like Detroit and Chicago was in full swing. And some industrial cities reached their peak populations before Americans started moving to the suburbs. Starting Friday, genealogists and historians … Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Low Marks for Biden on Economy as Prices Rise

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March 25, 2022Josh Boak and Emily SwansonAP News WASHINGTON (AP)—A majority of Americans say they don’t blame President Joe Biden for high gasoline prices, but they’re giving his economic leadership low marks amid fears of inflation and deep pessimism about economic conditions. About 7 in 10 Americans say the nation’s economy is in bad shape, and close to two-thirds disapprove … Read More

The War in Ukraine Has Reintroduced These Words and Phrases into Our Vocabulary

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March 21, 2022Bill ChappellNPR Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has many of us using words and phrases, from geopolitical terms like “rump state” to military lingo such as “MANPADS.” We’re also learning to decipher slogans and spot differences between Russian and Ukrainian spellings during a conflict in which information is treated as its own battlefield. Tracking surges in the words we … Read More

As War in Ukraine Evolves, So Do Disinformation Tactics

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March 10, 2022Mark ScottPolitico As the war in Ukraine enters its third week, the battle for hearts and minds—via social media posts, viral videos and outright propaganda—is entering a new phase. With Kremlin-backed news outlets now banned across the European Union and platforms like Facebook and Twitter reducing their reach worldwide, Moscow has shifted its game plan to focus increasingly … Read More

“A New Culture”: Discovery in China Reveals Ochre Processing in East Asia up to 41,000 Years Ago

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March 2, 2022Donna LuThe Guardian A 40,000-year-old archaeological site in northern China has unearthed the earliest evidence of ochre processing in east Asia, researchers say. The site was discovered at Xiamabei in the Nihewan Basin, in the northern Chinese province of Hebei. Ochre pieces and tools found in the area suggest that the clay earth pigment was processed there, via … Read More

Ruble Plummets as Sanctions Bite, Sending Russians to Banks

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February 28, 2022Vladimir Isachenkov, David McHugh, and Dasha LitvinovaAP News This is a fluid and fast-changing situation and information from this article may be out of date. See the original article for the most recent updates. MOSCOW (AP) — Ordinary Russians faced the prospect of higher prices and crimped foreign travel as Western sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine sent … Read More