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Columbia bans open carry of guns at festivals and parades

Sep. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city will not allow people to carry guns in the open during protests, festivals or other events that need a city permit. The resolution passed unanimously earlier this month by the Columbia City Council also bans the open...

Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 08:55 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers....

Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

Sep. 19, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers...

The Latest: Taliban to female Kabul city workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital says many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the country’s new Taliban rulers. Hamdullah Namony told reporters Sunday that only women who could not be replaced by men have been...

Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

Sep. 18, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from...

Louisiana town to pay $2.5M in refunds to utility customers

Sep. 18, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Utility customers of a central Louisiana town soon will be getting a check in the mail, thanks to a $2.5 million royalty refund approved this week by the mayor and council. “We approved the refund on Tuesday and we’re going to sit down and...

Mayor wants money to hire retired cops as shootings continue

Sep. 18, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for more money to rehire officers who have recently retired to address a staffing shortage as homicides have reached the highest level in more than 20 years. Wheeler also called for a citywide expansion of...

Georgia city offers $500 to employees who get vaccinated

Sep. 18, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Another Georgia city is offering a cash incentive to encourage city employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Brunswick City Commission on Wednesday narrowly approved a $500 bonus for employees who get inoculated, the Brunswick News...

Jackson rejects ordinance to restrict panhandling

Sep. 18, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — After hearing from critics, including the homeless, officials in a southern Michigan city have rejected an ordinance that would have cracked down on panhandling. The ordinance would have stopped people in Jackson from asking for money by speech or...

Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti

Sep. 18, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the...