Cultures

In this photo made on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, first ever public bus operated on Shabbat, drives through central Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel's secular mecca, launching a public transit system operating on Saturdays and redrawing the lines in the Jewish state's culture wars between religious and secular citizens. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
November 29, 2019 - 2:02 am
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tel Aviv has taken a major step to cement its status as Israel’s secular mecca, launching a public transit system operating on Saturdays and redrawing the lines in the Jewish state’s culture wars. The city’s move circumvents the law and upends a decades-long status quo...
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Music books are placed to dry at the first floor of Venice Conservatory after being recovered from ground floor, Italy, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. High tidal waters returned to Venice on Saturday, four days after the city experienced its worst flooding in 50 years. Young Venetians are responding to the worst flood in their lifetimes by volunteering to help salvage manuscripts, clear out waterlogged books and lend a hand where needed throughout the stricken city.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
November 16, 2019 - 1:34 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of...
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Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives to speak during the launch of "Black Voices for Trump," at the Georgia World Congress Center, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
November 08, 2019 - 4:24 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's outreach to black voters (all times local): 4:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is trying to pit the black community against immigrants, saying Democrats care more for people who have come to the U.S. illegally than African Americans. Trump says...
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November 05, 2019 - 8:12 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared November as a time to celebrate both Native American heritage and the country's founders, a move that upset Native Americans who have historically had the month to themselves to mark their contributions to the nation. Trump unveiled his...
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Smoke and flames rise from burning Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa, southern Japan, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. A fire broke out at the historic Shuri Castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying it. (Jun Hirata/Kyodo News via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 8:39 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A fire has spread among structures at Shuri Castle on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters were still battling the blaze a few hours after the fire started early Thursday, and nearby residents were evacuated to safer areas,...
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Tourists line up waiting to climb the sandstone monolith called Uluru that dominates Australia's arid center at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, the last day climbing is allowed. The end of visitors enjoying the panoramic views of the incongruously flat Outback surrounds from the rock's summit also marks indigenous Australians finding a new voice in national decision-making. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)
October 25, 2019 - 10:51 am
ULURU, Australia (AP) — Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians' demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the generations-old tradition of climbing the sandstone monolith. Rangers warned hundreds of anxious tourists who...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 3, 2019, file photo, Queen Latifah performs during the dress rehearsal for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular in Boston. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
October 22, 2019 - 5:39 am
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Tuesday, according to the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, tourists ride the Staten Island Ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty in New York. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows majorities of Americans agree that diversity is a strength and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and the American Dream are key to the nation’s identity. But the poll shows Americans are closely split over whether it’s better for immigrants to embrace a single U.S. culture or add their own variations to the mix. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 21, 2019 - 4:22 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Majorities of Americans agree that diversity strengthens the country and that values such as constitutional rights, a fair judicial system and the American dream are key to the nation's identity, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...
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Firefighters put out a fire on the rooftop of the Cavallerizza Reale, in Turin, northern Italy, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. A big fire broke out on Monday at Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a historic building in the centre of the northern city which has UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its special architectural features, no injuries were reported. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 4:51 am
ROME (AP) — Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and...
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October 13, 2019 - 4:17 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22,...
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