Cultures

This undated photo released by Mexico's National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH), shows divers from the Great Mayan Aquifer project exploring the Sac Actun underwater cave system where Mayan and Pleistocene bones and cultural artifacts have been found submerged, near Tulum, Mexico. Mexican experts said Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, that the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system "is probably the most important underwater archaeological site in the world," but is threatened by pollution. (Jan Arild Aaserud/Great Mayan Aquifer Project-INAH via AP)
February 19, 2018 - 7:32 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world. Subaquatic archaeologist Guillermo de Anda said the cave...
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This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 2:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film from the...
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A performer from Mocidade samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 12, 2018 - 10:26 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro's most storied samba schools as Brazil's Carnival celebrations continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries. Singer Pabllo Vittar is performing Monday night with the Beija-Flor de...
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February 08, 2018 - 4:09 pm
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The summer home of the late billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller on Maine's Mount Desert Island has sold for $19 million. The real estate company that handled the sale declined on Thursday to identify the buyer, who paid the asking price. A limited-liability...
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File - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the fountains of Bellagio erupt along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. The union representing hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a 'panic button' as part of their new contracts. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the request to the bargaining table next month on behalf of 14,000 housekeepers who work on the Las Vegas Strip and the destination's downtown area. The push comes amid the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment and is in line with ordinances recently approved in other cities. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 24, 2018 - 4:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The union representing tens of thousands of hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a "panic button" as it begins negotiating new contracts amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the...
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This Jan. 23, 2018 photo provided by Tom Kawczynski shows the former Jackman, Maine town manager with the flag of New Albion, a white separatist group he leads. Kawczynski was fired from his job on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. Kawczynski has made comments bashing Islam and called for the preservation of white European heritage in northern New England. (Courtesy Tom Kawczynski via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 2:52 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A northern Maine town manager who espoused white separatist views was fired on Tuesday and is getting $30,000 for agreeing not to sue the town. The selectmen in the rural town of Jackman announced the decision after a closed-door executive session with Tom Kawczynski, the...
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December 29, 2017 - 3:12 pm
PARIS (AP) — UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay says she has received Israel's official letter announcing its exit from the U.N. cultural body. Israel previously said it intended to leave the Paris-based agency, citing "systematic attacks on the Jewish state." Azoulay said in a statement on Friday she...
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This photo shows gravestones at the Jewish Cemetery on Okopowa Street in Warsaw, Poland, Friday Dec. 22, 2017. The Polish government is donating 100 million zlotys (US$ 28 million) to preserve the cemetery. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 22, 2017 - 1:43 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government has donated 100 million zlotys ($28 million) to restore and protect a major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, one of the country's largest public contributions toward preserving the Jewish culture nearly wiped out in the Holocaust. The Okopowa Street Jewish...
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December 22, 2017 - 1:39 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has announced it is leaving UNESCO citing the U.N. cultural agency's "systematic attacks" on the Jewish state. Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said Friday that the decision was based on the organization's "attempts to disconnect Jewish history from the land of...
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December 16, 2017 - 12:24 pm
ST. CATHERINE'S, Egypt (AP) — Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai. The inauguration ceremony, attended by Egyptian and western...
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