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Advisory panel endorses redistricting maps for New Mexico

Oct. 20, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advisory panel to the Legislature on political redistricting on Wednesday advanced three proposals for overhauling district boundaries in New Mexico’s Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, with special deference to Native American communities. ...

Another effort to block Oregon vaccine mandate denied

Oct. 20, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A second federal judge in Oregon has rejected an emergency motion to halt the state’s vaccine mandate or make an exception for state workers who have contracted COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the U.S. Constitution offers no...

NFL, players agree to end 'race-norming' in $1B settlement

Oct. 20, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL and lawyers for thousands of retired NFL players have reached an agreement to end race-based adjustments in dementia testing in the $1 billion settlement of concussion claims, according to a proposed deal filed Wednesday in federal court. The...

Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa spar in 1st NYC mayoral debate

Oct. 20, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The two men running to become New York City's next mayor offered starkly different visions Wednesday about how to lead the nation's largest city out of the pandemic, improve public safety and gird the city of 8.8 million people for more powerful storms driven by climate...

North Korea says its sub-launched missile didn't target US

Oct. 20, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea hit back at U.S. criticism over its test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile this week, saying it was rightfully exercising its rights for self-defense and that the weapon doesn’t specifically target the United States. The...

Restaurateur whose business was raided by sheriff gets $5M

Oct. 20, 2021 21:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County officials approved a settlement Wednesday with a restaurant owner in metro Phoenix who claimed in a lawsuit that then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had defamed him and violated his rights about seven years ago when investigating whether employees at his...

Los Angeles City Council suspends indicted councilman

Oct. 20, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay. Ridley-Thomas, 66, entered pleas to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for...

FBI: Cash, shredded papers seen at couple's home in spy case

Oct. 20, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI found a trash bag of shredded documents, thousands of dollars in cash, latex gloves and a “go-bag” when they searched the home of a Maryland couple accused of trying to sell information about nuclear-powered warships to a foreign country, an agent testified...

Cargo backlog creates traffic headaches on sea and land

Oct. 20, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles neighborhood just outside the nation's busiest port complex has become a perpetual traffic jam, with trucks hauling cargo containers backed up day and night as workers try to break through an unprecedented backlog of ships waiting to unload. ...

Trump announces launch of media company, social media site

Oct. 20, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nine months after being expelled from social media for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's launching a new media company with its own social media platform. Trump says his goal in...