Mississippi museums explore slavery, Klan era

In this Nov. 10, 2017 image, Ellie Dahmer, foreground, wife of Vernon Dahmer of Hattiesburg, who was killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan, their daughter Bettie Dahmer, and an older brother Harold, right, view some of the artifacts in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum during a private preview in Jackson, Miss. Dahmer was targeted because he encouraged fellow African-Americans to register to vote during the Jim Crow era. The facility is adjacent to the newly built Museum of Mississippi History, that documents the state's rich history and the diversity of its people. Work crews and archivists are putting the final touches on the two museums set to open Dec. 9. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In the 1950s and ’60s, segregationist whites waved Confederate flags and slapped defiant bumper stickers on cars declaring Mississippi “the most lied about state in the Union.”

Book ponders appeal, then and now, of ‘The Graduate’

This book cover image released by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill shows "Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation," by Beverly Gray. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill via AP)

“Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), by Beverly Gray

Native American students face education challenges

In this June 24, 2017, photo, Jessi Soliz dances as members of the Native American Cross Cultural Association perform at the 20th annual World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park in Salem, Ore. The Native American Cross Cultural Association advocate for more Native American studies and experiences to be shared in the classroom and encourage Native students to pursue their education. (Molly J. Smith/Statesman-Journal via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Debbie Austin grew up in the Great Depression, a “time when it was not a good thing to be an Indian.”

Ballerinas help kick off Christmas at White House

The Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with "The Nutcracker Suite" theme during a media preview of the 2017 holiday decorations at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” helped launch Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family’s first holiday season in the White House.

Even procrastinators can find deals on holiday travel

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, passengers pass through Terminal A at Logan International Airport in Boston. It’s getting late for booking holiday travel, but not too late. Experts say there are tips for procrastinators to find affordable airfares and hotel rooms. Flexibility is the key. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Holiday shopping: Desire for deals, but some impulse buying

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, people wait to pay for televisions as they shop a sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day, in Overland Park, Kan. For the five-day period that ended the Monday after Thanksgiving, shoppers seemed to spend more in 2017 compared to a year earlier. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Architect Wright’s winter home draws fans to Arizona

This Sept. 24, 2017 photo shows a passageway at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., which served as the winter home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built on the desert's hard floor, Wright constructed the structures with redwood beams and large rocks embedded in concrete. The buildings initially were covered with translucent canvas to let light in, but were later replaced with more durable plastic because of the sun's brutal rays. Windows were large openings without glass. (AP Photo/Anita Snow)

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — Each year when the sizzling temperatures finally dipped in the southern Arizona desert, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and a small band of young apprentices would start the annual cross-country migration from Spring Green, Wisconsin, just in time to escape the Midwestern snow.

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