- America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades Updated: Jul-05-15 2:46 am
Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation:
- Preservation group: Miami's Little Havana endangered Updated: Jul-05-15 12:43 am
MIAMI - Little Havana, perhaps Miami's most storied neighborhood, is under threat. So much so, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, that it's put Little Havana on its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
- Gay rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration Updated: Jul-04-15 6:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Gay rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.
- Ohio activist group loses drilling lawsuit, plans to appeal Updated: Jul-04-15 4:28 pm
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio - A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state.
- Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort Updated: Jul-04-15 12:41 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.
- Activist: Confederate statue in Galveston inappropriate Updated: Jul-04-15 11:44 am
GALVESTON, Texas - A Houston activist is campaigning to have Galveston officials take down a statue in front of the local courthouse that honors Confederate soldiers.
- Israel deports Gaza flotilla activists Updated: Jun-30-15 2:56 pm
JERUSALEM - Israel has deported a group of pro-Palestinian activists, including a former Tunisian president, who tried to breach its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
- Idaho Refugee program faces opposition from activist group Updated: Jun-30-15 2:32 pm
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Conservative activists are calling for the College of Southern Idaho to remove its refugee program following concerns over the influx of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in south-central Idaho later this fall.
- National Portrait Gallery to feature activist Dolores Huerta Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 am
WASHINGTON - Labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is visiting the National Portrait Gallery to help open a new exhibition about her life and work.
- UN rights office urges Thailand to free 14 student activists Updated: Jun-30-15 4:52 am
BANGKOK - The U.N. human rights office called Tuesday on Thailand to release 14 student activists and drop the charges that were filed against them for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally.
- Activists deliver papers to block election law, youth wage Updated: Jun-29-15 2:19 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Activists attempting to block two state laws from going into effect have turned in signatures collected from thousands of South Dakotans to refer the measures to the voters in the 2016 election.
- Gay activists in Asia upbeat about impact of US court ruling Updated: Jun-27-15 10:43 pm
Gay rights activists in Asia, where no country allows same-sex couples to legally marry, are upbeat about prospects for a change following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of the nation.
- US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries Updated: Jun-27-15 8:47 pm
LONDON - The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.
- Nevada activists celebrate court's same-sex marriage ruling Updated: Jun-26-15 6:04 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Thomas Topovski first heard that the U.S. Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage on a talk radio show during his morning commute.
- Activist says Connecticut played role in gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-26-15 1:11 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A veteran gay rights activist is crediting Connecticut with playing "a very important role" in Friday's Supreme Court decision making gay marriage legal across the U.S.
- Groups question high-speed police chases after 2 kids killed Updated: Jun-25-15 12:26 pm
DETROIT - An activist group is calling for an end to high-speed police pursuits in Detroit neighborhoods after two children were killed on the city's east side.
- Diaz, Danticat decry deportations in Dominican Republic Updated: Jun-25-15 11:42 am
MIAMI - Two prize-winning, U.S.-based authors with roots in a divided Caribbean island are urging a range of protests against the deportations of migrants from the Dominican Republic.
- Venezuela frees 2 opposition activists from jail Updated: Jun-24-15 2:46 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia - Venezuelan authorities have freed two student activists arrested during last year's anti-government protests.
- Clinton to miss convention of liberal activists, bloggers Updated: Jun-24-15 11:51 am
ST. LOUIS - Hillary Rodham Clinton is not expected to appear at Netroots Nation, an annual convention of liberal activists and bloggers who are often courted by Democratic presidential candidates.
- Activists seek to steer cyclists away from Confederate icons Updated: Jun-24-15 3:08 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Activists who have battled a ballpark in Richmond's former slave-trading center are now taking aim at the Confederacy.
- After SC shooting, activists ask to rename Lake Calhoun Updated: Jun-23-15 10:30 am
MINNEAPOLIS - In the wake of deadly shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, some activists are trying to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
- Nun who vandalized uranium bunker likely to remain free Updated: Jun-22-15 3:28 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists are likely to remain free because the government said Monday that it will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered.
- Activists: Relations between minorities, deputies improving Updated: Jun-22-15 2:11 pm
LANCASTER, California - Civil rights advocates say the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has made significant progress in improving community relations in the Antelope Valley, particularly with African-Americans and Latinos.
- Monument to labor activist Mother Jones rededicated Updated: Jun-22-15 4:13 am
MOUNT OLIVE, Illinois - The monument to "the grandmother of all agitators" in Mount Olive has been rededicated.
- Texas may be tea party heaven, but activists aren't happy Updated: Jun-21-15 10:53 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas can sometimes feel like tea party heaven - the land of Ted Cruz, where the Legislature is packed with hard-right devotees and the governor himself heeds fringe fears about possible federal plots to seize the state.