'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Jul 11, 2015

'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. “Go Set a Watchman” is set in the 1950s, 20 years after Lee’s celebrated “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and finds Atticus hostile to the growing civil rights ...

Confederate flag taken down at South Carolina Statehouse

Jul 11, 2015

Confederate flag taken down at South Carolina Statehouse

South Carolina pulled the Confederate flag from its place of honor at the Statehouse on Friday, marking a milestone in how America commemorates the Civil War, which tore the United States apart 150 years ago. Many people believed the rebel banner would fly forever ...

Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

Jul 9, 2015

Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner. A bill pulling taking down the flag and its flagpole from the Capitol’s front ...

Jul 5, 2015

Bosnian Serb leader denies Srebrenica genocide

The president of the Serb-run part of Bosnia-Herzegovina claimed Saturday that the Srebrenica genocide was a “lie,” a week ahead the 20th anniversary of the slaughter. Speaking at a commemoration for Serbs killed in villages around Srebrenica during Bosnia’s bloody civil war, Milorad Dodik ...

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 ...