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Virginia officials order US flag removed from building site

Jul. 4, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials in Virginia ordered the removal of a large American flag from a construction site ahead of the Fourth of July, calling it a potential target for people protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Dena Potter, spokeswoman for the state Department of General...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 file photo, a construction worker stands on stilts while working at a residential building construction site at the Harbor Point redevelopment site on the Stamford, Conn., waterfront. According to the Commerce Department, U.S. construction spending fell for a second month in May 2020 with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US construction spending fell 2.1% in May

Jul. 1, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell 2.1% in May with both home building and nonresidential activity declining. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the May decline followed an even larger 3.5% fall in April. Construction spending was also down in March, falling 0.3%. The construction...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

FILE - In this June 13, 2015, file photo Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar is seen at the signing of a minimum-wage ordinance at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Los Angeles. Huizar, who has been under the cloud of a federal corruption investigation, was arrested Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the FBI said. Councilman Huizar was taken into custody without incident at his Boyle Heights home, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The mayor and other city leaders have been calling for Huizar to resign since his former special assistant agreed to plead guilty in a $1 million bribery scheme involving real estate developers. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Los Angeles councilman arrested in federal corruption probe

Jun. 23, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brown paper bags stuffed with cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in casino chips. A 77-story skyscraper meant to be the highest west of the Mississippi River. Jose Huizar, a Los Angeles city councilman known as “the boss,” was arrested Tuesday on allegations he...

An electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm is seen at a street in Tokyo Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday after Wall Street gained on hopes for a global economic recovery and Japan's exports sank. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares slip as global rally eases off the accelerator

Jun. 18, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Thursday in Asia after another day of wobbly trading on Wall Street as markets eased off the accelerator following their big rally. Japan's Nikkei 225 shed 0.3% to 22,394.45 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong also fell 0.3%, to 24,407.59. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.2% to 2,137.69...

FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, roofers work on removing and placing new shingles in Warren, Mich.  U.S. home-building activity collapsed in March as the coronavirus spread, with housing starts tumbling 22.3% from a month ago.
The Commerce Department said Thursday, April 16,  that ground breakings occurred last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million units, down from a 1.56 million pace in February.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

US home construction rebounds 4.3% in May

Jun. 17, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — US home construction rebounded 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that new homes were started at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 974,000 last month after steep declines in April and March. Compared...

Man arrested in June 7 fire of building under construction

Jun. 13, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A 54-year-old man has been arrested and accused of arson in a massive fire the night of June 7 at a four-story apartment complex under construction in downtown Phoenix. Ted Hopkins was arrested and jailed Friday night on suspicion of arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage, a weapons...

Protesters rally near the edge of Times Square in New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. New York City lifted the curfew spurred by protests against police brutality ahead of schedule Sunday after a peaceful night, free of the clashes or ransacking of stores that rocked the city days earlier. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Thousands march in NYC as curfew ends and peace prevails

Jun. 7, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people marched through New York City's streets again Sunday to protest racism and police brutality, but after a peaceful weekend the city appeared ready to begin a march back toward normalcy after three months of quarantines and nearly two weeks of civil unrest. Mayor Bill de...

US public schools need major building repairs, report finds

Jun. 4, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

The majority of U.S. public school districts need to make major building repairs in at least half of their schools, yet many districts are unable to pay for updates or have postponed them to improve security in case of a shooting, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office on...

Savannah city to keep historic building after $7M sale fails

May. 31, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah’s city government will remain the owner of a historic building next door to City Hall after plans fell through to sell the property to a private developer for $7 million. A divided city council narrowly approved the sale of the downtown Thomas Gamble Building last fall...