Bill Chappell

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally declared "squaw" to be a derogatory term Friday and ordered a task force to find replacement names for valleys, lakes, creeks and other sites on federal lands that use the word.

The order, which takes effect immediately, stands to affect more than 650 place names that use the term, according to figures from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

An unprecedented crowd-funded attempt to buy an extremely rare copy of the U.S. Constitution fell just short Thursday night, when a group of more than 17,000 people who had pooled their money were outbid in an auction for the historical document.

Editor's note: This story contains images that some readers may find disturbing.

Floaters, Martín Espada's collection of poems that explore bigotry, protests and love, is the 2021 winner of the National Book Award in poetry. The title poem draws on a tragedy: the deaths of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his young daughter, Angie Valeria, whose bodies were found in the water along the Rio Grande.

Updated November 18, 2021 at 5:17 PM ET

Defense attorneys for the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery have each rested their cases.

Travis McMichael, his father, Greg, and William 'Roddie' Bryan, were all charged in the killing of Arbery whom they had pursued him in their pick-up trucks.

Judge Timothy Walmsley released the jury until Monday when they're expected to hear closing arguments. The nearly all-white jury could begin deliberations Monday afternoon.

Updated November 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET

Travis McMichael took the witness stand Wednesday in his murder trial over the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, as the defense launched its phase of the trial. The prosecution rested its case on Tuesday.

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