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Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry. → Read More

Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Jacobo Rendon knows dozens of birds by name and grew up drawing them → Read More

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

Many have faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion, questions about their Muslim faith and doubts over their Americanness. → Read More

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

Many have faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion, questions about their Muslim faith and doubts over their Americanness. → Read More

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

NEW YORK (AP) — A car passed, the driver’s window rolled down and the man spat an... → Read More

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

Muslim Americans who grew up under the shadow of 9/11 have faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion. → Read More

US faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war

America’s major religions and denominations, often divided on other big issues, have united behind the effort to help receive an influx of refugees from Afghanistan following the end of the United States’ longest war and one of the largest airlifts in history. → Read More

For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

A few years from now, he’s expecting to say goodbye to his family and homeland and join a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas — from an early age, he was recognized by the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhist leaders as a reincarnated lama. → Read More

For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

In most ways, Jalue Dorje is a typical American teen — he grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, loving football, Pokémon and rap music → Read More

Hawaii teenager recycles to help students reach college

In the beginning, Genshu Price recycled for his own sake — his father said it would be a good way to save money for his college tuition. But then, he came up with a grander idea: Why not recycle thousands of bottles and cans to help other students in Hawaii reach their college dream. "That way, it would be able to help a lot more local families, help a lot more people throughout the… → Read More

Liberty: Lots of travelers expected on freer Fourth of July

NEWARK, N. J. (AP) — Americans enjoying newfound liberty are expected to travel and gather for cookouts, fireworks, concerts and beach outings over the Fourth of July weekend in numbers not seen since pre-pandemic days. Yet lingering restrictions, worker shortages and significant numbers of unvaccinated people mean some may not be as free as they would like to be. → Read More

Teen donates his hair for children with cancer before joining the military

Kieran Moïse's afro was a splendid 19 inches, a huge part of his personality. But after six years of growth, the 17-year-old Alabamian knew that he and his hair would soon be parted: He was bound for the U. S. Air Force Academy. So in memory of a friend who died from cancer, he cut it off and donated it to the nonprofit Children With Hair Loss, which provides human hair replacements to children… → Read More

New York Holocaust survivors celebrated at concert after isolation

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Holocaust survivors clapped, sang and danced Monday at a concert held in their honor in Brooklyn in the first large gathering for New York-area survivors after months of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The concert by popular Jewish Orthodox singer Yaakov Shwekey was organized by the Nachas Health and Family Network and other groups that help the more than… → Read More

Son's grief, guilt become tribute honoring COVID-19 victims

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Brian Walter knows he tried to protect his parents from the coronavirus, doubts torment him. Did he grab a wrong bottle of orange juice, one covered with infectious droplets? Did he get too close to his dad? What if he had worked a different shift — would things have been different? Did he bring about his father’s death? The New York City Transit employee was deemed an… → Read More

Faith, political leaders unite in rally against antisemitism

Faith leaders, celebrities and lawmakers across the political spectrum joined Thursday to condemn a rise in antisemitic incidents around the world triggered by the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Organized by leading U. S. Jewish groups, the virtual Day of Action Against Antisemitism included calls for policy changes and a unified stand against antisemitism in… → Read More

On a mission to heal after exposing her dad to deadly virus

Michelle Pepe unwittingly exposed her parents to the coronavirus when she visited them for her mother’s 80th birthday in Florida → Read More

Teen baker sweetens lives making desserts for those in need

Vedika Jawa's mission to sweeten the lives of those in need began when she was just 13, on a family trip to San Francisco. She could not help but see the multitudes living on the streets. She returned home to Fremont, California, determined to help. Reaching out to homeless shelters, she offered to bake sweet treats. Some managers ignored her; others told her to come back when she was older. But… → Read More

National Day of Prayer inspires pleas for unity and justice

U. S. soldiers were fighting in Korea when President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional resolution calling for an annual National Day of Prayer. The purpose was for people to gather in houses of worship to pray for world peace, according to an Associated Press report from April 17, 1952. Since 1988 the event has taken place on the first Thursday in May, diligently observed by some churches,… → Read More

Professor overcomes loss to craft COVID-19 student brochures

When the coronavirus pandemic struck New York City, LaGuardia Community College professor Lucia Fuentes assigned students in her honors biology class to compile all the information they could find about COVID-19 → Read More

Musician couple host concerts to fundraise for food pantry

NEW YORK (AP) — When Erin Shields belted out "Being Alive" — the showstopper from the Broadway classic "Company" — the title had extra levels of meaning. This virtual concert, broadcast from Shields' living room, helped fund the food pantry at Mosaic West Queens Church, which is feeding hungry residents of the Sunnyside neighborhood. It also gave Shields and her husband, David Shenton, an… → Read More