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Log house with "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" roots to be a museum

The book "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which was inspired by a former slave's autobiography, is attracting new interest. So is the house that once belonged to the plantation where he lived.


Some Turks say government is adding religion to country's schools

Supporters of Turkey's secular traditions say the President Erdogan is taking a new ideological path when it comes to national education policy.


Banning sledding could do more harm than good

What's winter without sledding down a big snow-covered hill? Some cities, perhaps unrealistically, want to keep people off steep hills in their parks. Many sledders just ignore the ban.


Getting to know Abe digitally at the Lincoln Library

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered and researched presidents in history. Nearly 150 years after his death, intrigue remains, so the Lincoln Library is moving more of his life online.


Another presidential library, another squabble over land

Name almost any of our recent presidents and chances are you'll find his presidential library created some local fuss. A proposed site for the Obama library proved to be no exception.


Some gay couples married in Alabama but state is still fighting for a ban

Some Alabama judges are obeying a federal judge says gay couples can get married. But others are obeying the state's top judge, who says the state ban on gay marriage should stand.


Rosa Parks' emotional journals on display

Rosa Parks was a fascinating woman known all over the world. She wrote in journals her whole life. A collection of her writings, documents and photos are now on display in Washington, D.C.


Texas faces a growing education gap

Hispanics are only half as likely as whites to have a college degree in the Lone Star State and 24 others; critics oppose legislation that would repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.


In wake of lethal confrontations, police and young black men try talking

Residents and law enforcement officials in one North Carolina town are trying to avoid the kind of situations that resulted in civilian deaths last summer in Missouri and New York City.


Venezuelans weary with long lines in name of socialism

Shopping for everyday items is time-consuming and Venezuelans are frustrated that their president did not offer any economic remedies, but defended the government's socialist model.


Language xperts say English shud be fixt

The English language is packed with spelling oddities. Linguistic experts have proposed losing problematic word groups and simplifying spelling to make more sense. Easier sed than dun.


Judge tosses out 1961 convictions of nine civil rights protesters

When the nine black men sat at a whites-only lunch counter in South Carolina, they knew that simple act would be huge. It was, after all, the height of the civil rights movement.


To graduate high school in Arizona, you must now pass U.S. citizenship test

Many Americans don't know enough about how government works. This subject is called "civics." Arizona and other states think the citizenship test will help. But some experts are not so sure.


State of the Union: Obama proposes to tax the rich, help the middle class

Obama addressed the American people Tuesday night, pledging to give the middle class more money, open travel and trade with Cuba, and stop the extremist group Islamic State.


Sainthood for Junipero Serra shocks some Native Americans

Pope Francis said the Spanish priest was "the evangelizer of the West," helping to shape Christianity in California. Critics said the missions he built forced Native Americans into labor.


Child homelessness at record high, report says, "call to action" for states

A new report says there are more homeless children in America than ever. But many homeless kids are "invisible" because they are not living on the street. This makes it harder to help them.


President proposes two years of free college for students

President Obama has revealed his ambitious plan to make community college free for millions of Americans. The biggest hurdle is yet to be cleared: convincing Congress to pay for it.


More than books at the Library of Congress

The librarian of Congress is the caretaker of American culture. It has been James H. Billington's job for more than 25 years, and at age 85, he has big goals and no plans to slow down.


Life in the fast lane is a reality in many wide-open states

Rising highway speed limits are becoming more common, reflecting our faster-paced lifestyle. Putting pedal nearer to the metal is not welcomed by all, particularly first responders to a crash.


Sunday shopping could end in Hungary

Lawmakers insist families will have more time together if Sunday shopping is banned. Not everyone in Hungary agrees or is happy about that.


Walking while looking down at a cellphone: bad idea

Even though people know that looking at any kind of device while walking is dangerous, many do it anyway. Thousands of people are hurt or killed every year because they're distracted.


A glimpse into 1795 Boston through a time capsule

Early American history-in-a-box is about to be revealed in Boston. All eyes will be on the unearthed time capsule that was originally hidden in a cornerstone of the Old State House.


Struggling to stay warm in southern China

Wintertime is especially cold and unpleasant in southern China. Many years ago, the government divided the country and decided who would, and would not, get heat in the winter.


Protest songs make a comeback

Protesters are singing as they take to the streets to demonstrate against the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. This hasn't happened since the 1960s anti-war protests.


Chinese-Americans remember a time when U.S. law excluded most Chinese

The Chinese Exclusion Act kept most Chinese out of the U.S. from 1882 to 1943. A few brave people came anyway. Some of their descendants have started a foundation to educate people.


Bracing for a new civil rights movement

Protests sparked in Missouri, New York and across the nation after police shootings and grand jury decisions are making way for a new civil rights movement reminiscent of 1964, activists say.


President orders up new rules for giving police used military equipment

Obama also proposed spending $263 million to increase the use of body cameras for police, and expand their training in using military equipment.