Retrospective: The march from Selma to Montgomery

Retrospective: The march from Selma to Montgomery

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In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led several attempts to march from Selma to Montgomery as part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement. The protesters encountered violent opposition from authorities and segregationists. But with federal backing, the demonstrators successfully made the four-day walk, a 50-mile stretch. That year, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which gave African-Americans the right to vote.

Using the style and language of journalists of the era, including a reference to blacks as “Negroes,” AP reporters captured the tension of the marches.

Fifty years after its original publication, The AP is making available excerpts from a series of stories about the marches’ progress.

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Items left behind: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Items left behind: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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Sunday, March 8 marks the one-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Without evidence that the plane crashed, it’s hard for family members to begin grieving and start to find closure, psychologists say. In the meanwhile, the grief, hope, anger — all the emotions they feel — are often wrapped up in the things the missing left behind — their clothes, their rooms, the smallest things.

“I’m not going to change or move anything, just let it be the way it is,” Lee Khim Fatt said of a wardrobe filled with his wife’s uniforms and other belongings. “I believe she will come home, and things will be just how it was before.” Lee’s wife, Foong Wai Yueng, 40, was a stewardess aboard the flight, which went off course and vanished March 8, 2014, on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Reporting by Joshua Paul, The Associated Press

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Pakistan religious schools in spotlight

Pakistan religious schools in spotlight

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Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam’s holy book, the Quran. Their white skull caps signify that they are students at one of the tens of thousands of religious schools across the country that have become embroiled in a debate about where militancy comes from.

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Mine explosion in Ukraine: 32 missing, 17 dead

Mine explosion in Ukraine: 32 missing, 17 dead

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A methane explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least 17 workers, officials said.

Miners arriving for work were enlisted to assist with what started as a rescue mission, but gradually became an operation to retrieve a mounting number of dead. That effort was hampered by limited access to the deep subterranean network.

Inside a Ukraine airport destroyed by a year of war | An Eastern Ukrainian village in ruins
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Goblin shark in Australia, 18-foot oarfish and other odd fish

Goblin shark in Australia, 18-foot oarfish and other odd fish

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A goblin shark, a rare sea creature described as an ‘alien of the deep’ is found off Australia and delivered to the Australian Museum in Sydney on March 3, 2015. In May 2014, shrimpers fishing in the Gulf of Mexico pulled up an incredibly rare, almost prehistoric-looking goblin shark. Earlier, an 18-foot oarfish was found off Catalina Island in California. Here’s a look at the goblin shark, oarfish and other big and/or odd-looking fish.

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