Florida blocks high school African American studies class

The administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has blocked the teaching of a new advanced placement course in African American studies in high schools, saying it violates state law and is historically inaccurate. The state Department of Education rejected the program in a letter last week to the College Board, which oversees AP classes. Florida … Read more

U.S. lawmakers seek probe on airline handling of COVID-19 funds

Delta Airlines passenger planes on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on December 24, 2021.YUKI IWAMURA/AFP/Getty Images Leaders of two congressional committees want a federal probe into whether airlines have used government pandemic money to fund pilot buyouts and early retirements that may have fueled current pilot shortages, a report … Read more

U.S. House to vote Friday on bill to ban assault-style weapons, Pelosi says

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 21.J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a bill banning assault weapons on Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers. The legislation, which Pelosi, a Democrat, called a “crucial step in our ongoing fight against … Read more

Two U.S. senators urge Biden administration to strike deal with Canada on softwood lumber

Two U.S. lawmakers are urging the Biden administration’s trade ambassador to strike a softwood lumber deal with Canada. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen. of South Dakota John Thune also said further tariff relief on imports from Canada would reduce inflationary pressure on the US housing market. They are urging U.S. … Read more

Hockey Canada reopens investigation into alleged sexual assault

Hockey Canada is facing another round of federal hearings on the issue.Jeff Vinnick Hockey Canada is reopening a third-party investigation into sexual assault allegations involving eight Canadian Hockey League players, after the organization’s handling of the alleged incident prompted federal committee hearings and suspension partnerships with companies. Hockey’s national governing body said in an open … Read more

LeBron James critical of US efforts to get Brittney Griner home on his TV show

WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted into a courtroom for a hearing, in Khimki, near Moscow, July 7.Alexander Zemlianitchenko/Associated Press LeBron James publicly shares his disappointment with the handling of Brittney Griner’s case, criticizing USA’s efforts to bring the WNBA All-Star home in a trailer for an upcoming episode of … Read more

US basketball star Brittney Griner pleads for Joe Biden’s help from Russian prison

American WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner, detained in Russia for drug trafficking, made a direct appeal to US President Joe Biden to defend her in a moving letter sent to the White House. Key points: The WNBA player was charged with intentionally importing narcotics into Russia US officials say Brittney Griner was wrongfully detained In … Read more

Letters to the editor: May 28: ‘If guns provide safety, the United States would be the safest country in the world.’ What to do about mass shootings? Plus other letters to the editor

Law enforcement officers monitor the scene of a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24.MARCO BELLO/Reuters Keep your opinions sharp and informed. Receive the Opinion newsletter. Register today. gun culture Re In a country where mass shootings are the norm, Americans have moved beyond outrage (May 25): Contributor David Shribman has … Read more