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Olympic surfing exposes whitewashed Native Hawaiian roots

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — For some Native Hawaiians, surfing’s Olympic debut is both a celebration of a cultural touchstone invented by their ancestors, and...

Italy to ban mammoth cruise ships from Venice as of Aug. 1

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ROME — Declaring Venice's waterways a “national monument,” Italy is banning mammoth cruise liners from sailing into the lagoon city, which risked being declared...

Romania’s monument ‘ambulance’ races to save country’s past

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MICASASA, Romania — On a scorching summer day in the remote Transylvanian village of Micasasa, 39-year-old Romanian architect Eugen Vaida is busy coordinating a...

Venice reinventing itself as sustainable tourism capital

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VENICE, Italy — Away from the once-maddening crowds of St. Mark’s Square, tiny Certosa island could be a template for building a sustainable future...

N. Ireland parties ease crisis that threatened power-sharing

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LONDON — Northern Ireland’s biggest political parties appear set to agree on a new government Thursday after ending a standoff that threatened to scuttle...

American Samoa culture plays role in US citizenship ruling

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HONOLULU — In a decision citing American Samoa cultural traditions, those born in the U.S. territory shouldn't have citizenship automatically forced on them, a...

‘In the Heights’ lifts hopes for a Latino film breakthrough

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NEW YORK — Color. Dance. Music. Joy. An all Latino cast! ...

Bolivia’s ‘People of the Water’ try to survive loss of lake

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PUNACA TINTA MARIA, Bolivia — For many generations, the homeland of the Uru people here wasn't land at all: It was the brackish waters...

‘For the culture’: The moment arrives for ‘In the Heights’

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NEW YORK — As a student as Wesleyan, Lin-Manuel Miranda began writing what would become “In the Heights,” the musical that would launch him...

Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project

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JUNEAU, Alaska — An agreement announced Tuesday between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay...