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Waves, wind pound Lake Michigan coast, erode properties

Oct. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Property owners and local governments are assessing the damage from a day of relentless waves and high winds along Lake Michigan in western and northern Michigan. The National Weather Service says wind speed exceeded 50 mph Wednesday up and down the coast. Waves crashed into piers...

Manhattan to allow women to go topless, with restrictions

Oct. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Women are now legally allowed to go topless in Manhattan, with some restrictions. The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided to amend the city code to allow females to go topless. However, property owners and businesses may still require all patrons to wear shirts....

Nearly $1 million spent on Spokane mayor race

Oct. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The total amount of money spent on the race for Spokane mayor is approaching $1 million. KREM-TV reports that as of Wednesday, money donated to or spent independently on behalf of Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward totals more than $948,000. Much of that money has been spent on...

The Latest: Chicago mayor says union lacks 'urgency'

Oct. 17, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a teachers strike in Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school district (all times local): 10:51 a.m. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says a teacher strike could be settled "today" if the Chicago Teachers Union would negotiate with a seriousness and "sense of...

Hawaii County committee approves banning herbicide use

Oct. 17, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a proposed ban on using herbicides on county property, news reports said. The Agriculture, Water, Energy and Environmental Management Committee voted Tuesday to forward the bill to the first of two required council hearings. The bill...

Group urges Vermont city to not allow ATVs on public streets

Oct. 17, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A national safety group is urging a Vermont city to vote against an ordinance that would allow all-terrain vehicles on downtown streets. The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council is scheduled to vote on a draft ordinance that would allow the vehicles on city streets on...

Chicago teachers say pay bump can't fix deeper problems

Oct. 17, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers beginning a massive strike Thursday have rejected offers that would increase their pay, hoping that will keep pressure on the district to commit to lower class sizes and more support staff in schools. Illinois law allows the district and the union to negotiate on those...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy recovery. Abe told reporters during the visit that he is considering postponing a royal parade scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate...