Columbia University band shuts down, cites troubled history

NEW YORK (AP) — The Columbia University Marching Band, which had run-ins with school administration over the years over situations like mocking its own team, has decided to voluntarily shut itself dow...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Sept. 15 The LNP newspaper in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on the death of Ricardo Miguel Muñoz, who wa...

Review: A provocative idea that doesn’t work in 'Antebellum'

The new film “ Antebellum ” begins with a famous William Faulkner quote: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This is a very literal introduction to a film about the evils ...

Activists target French soccer head for downplaying racism

PARIS (AP) — French anti-racism activists criticized the country's soccer federation president on Wednesday for not taking the sport's problems seriously enough. The SOS Racisme cam...

Horrors of slavery at center of Janelle Monae's 'Antebellum'

NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monae says she “felt so much rage and anger” when she stepped onto a former slave plantation for the first time to film the psychological thriller “Antebellum.” ...

Story of the Underground Railroad to Mexico gains attention

HOUSTON (AP) — While researching U.S. Civil War history in South Texas, Roseann Bacha-Garza came across the two unique families of the Jacksons and the Webbers living along the Rio Grande. White men h...

Celebs join Instagram 'freeze' to protest Facebook inaction

LONDON (AP) — Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry and Leonardo DiCaprio are among celebrities taking part in a 24-hour Instagram “freeze” on Wednesday to protest against what they say is parent company Fa...

Refugee pushbacks by Cyprus draw attention from EU, UN

At least six vessels that had departed from Lebanon have been prevented by the Cyprus Port & Marine Police from mooring or disembarking their passengers so far in September. In some cases, the gov...

49ers denounce racist message to Arizona's Budda Baker

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are seeking to identify the fan who sent racist messages to Arizona safety Budda Baker and say they will ban the person from future games and events....

Harris, home in California, gets a look at wildfire damage

AUBERRY, Calif. (AP) — Touring wildfire damage Tuesday in her home state, California Sen. Kamala Harris said “ideology should not kick in" when responding to wildfires and the climate crisis, a veiled...

Michigan Catholic priest compared BLM to 9/11 attackers

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in suburban Detroit is apologizing after a fellow priest likened Black Lives Matter to the people responsible for the 9/11 attacks. ...

Science mag makes first endorsement in 175 years, taps Biden

NEW YORK (AP) — Even though Scientific American had never endorsed a presidential candidate in the magazine's 175-year history, its top editor said Tuesday there was little internal debate over a deci...

Raptors sign coach Nick Nurse to multiyear extension

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse would have been in the final year of his contract next season. The Toronto Raptors weren’t about to let that happen with their coach. Nurse a...

John Boyega quits perfume ambassador role over Chinese ad

LONDON (AP) — Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he cre...

Merkel slams anti-Semitism 'disgrace' on Jewish group's 70th

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the renaissance of Jewish life in Germany but denounced the “disgrace” of increasingly open anti-Semitism and racism as she marked the 70th anniversar...