Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

Jul 1, 2015

Woman leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in the dance company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007. “I am ...

Episcopal Church chooses its first black presiding bishop

Jun 28, 2015

Episcopal Church chooses its first black presiding bishop

The Episcopal Church on Saturday elected its first black presiding bishop, choosing Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina during the denomination’s national assembly. He will now lead a nearly 1.9-million-member denomination known for its history as the faith home of many U.S. presidents. The ...

S. African model revels in her albinism

Jun 28, 2015

S. African model revels in her albinism

Thando Hopa grew up in the shade, her porcelain skin protected by long sleeves and sunscreen until the day the South African decided to fight prejudice against albinos by becoming a model. Petite and born with an inherited depigmentation of her skin from head ...

Jun 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday preserved a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination, handing a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights activists. The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing law allows people ...

Jun 25, 2015

Early Europeans interbred with Neanderthals: study

Around 45,000 years ago, the only humans who lived in Europe were Neanderthals. Some 10,000 years later, if the sketchy fossil record is right, the Neanderthals had been replaced by our ancestors, and one of the greatest mysteries in anthropology was born. Were the ...

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Jun 24, 2015

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse in the wake of the shootings that killed nine people at a black church. ...

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Jun 24, 2015

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa. The capture of Ein Issa came just hours ...