• In this shown in this 1981 photo, Willie Otey Kay shows her dress form in her living room at her house on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, N.C., as she crafted the specialty dresses. Long before the rage over a must-have Marc Jacobs handbag or a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans, "it" girls in the Triangle wanted a Willie Otey Kay. To have one of her handcrafted dresses, for a prom, a debutante ball or a wedding, was considered a style score. But getting one at the height of Kay's popularity was harder than landing the latest Jacobs bag. (John Rottet/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Woven of dignity: Black seamstress’ legacy on display

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — For generations, any woman in who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.

  • Smoke rises as protestors set fires on a street in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong student held at airport after violent clashes

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong student activist was detained at the city’s airport on Wednesday morning, apparently on suspicion of involvement in a violent Lunar New Year clash between police and protesters, his group said.

  • An unidentified man walks past a Confederate monument in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. A legislative committee is considering a proposal that would make it more difficult for local officials to remove Confederate memorials like the obelisk, which the city park board has voted to take down. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Confederate monuments first erected after the Civil War to honor Southern soldiers have increasingly been targeted by civil rights activists who say they are offensive to blacks and should be taken down. An Alabama legislator wants to make sure that doesn’t happen without state lawmakers’ approval.

  • Activists to demonstrate against sexual violence at Baylor

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Activists planned a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the home of Baylor University’s president to protest what they regard as the university’s weak policing of sexual misconduct, particularly by student athletes.

  • A man identified only as Younes, 29, who says he is unjustly under house arrest, answers the Associated Press in Goussainville, north of Paris, Thursday Feb.4, 2016. French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched nearly 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris, but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime instead of terrorism. Rights activists say that's an abuse of authority, and strongly oppose a new government effort to permanently expand police powers. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

    French activists denounce abuse of authority after attacks

    PARIS (AP) — French police have rounded up hundreds of suspects and searched more than 3,000 homes under a state of emergency since the November extremist attacks on Paris — but much of the action involves drug cases or similar crime, not terrorism.

  • David Daleiden, center, one of the two anti-abortion activists indicted last week, addresses the media with attorney's Jared Woodfill, left, and Terry Yates after turning himself in to authorities Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Houston. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

    Activist behind Planned Parenthood video surrenders in Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist’s plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.