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US ramps up plan to expel Haitian migrants gathered in Texas

Sep. 18, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. plans to speed up its efforts to expel Haitian migrants on flights to their Caribbean homeland, officials said Saturday as agents poured into a Texas border city where thousands of Haitians have gathered after suddenly crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. ...

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...

Budapest mayor enters primary to run against Hungary's Orban

Sep. 18, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A frontrunner in the race for a joint opposition candidate to fight Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's national election opened his campaigning Friday promising to “liberate” the country from the right-wing populist leader. ...

She wanted a playset for her child. Then the city visited.

Sep. 18, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The yellow and orange mums and window-sill flower boxes were new. At first, Ester Hernandez had held off on decorating her daughter’s playset in her north Raleigh backyard. She didn’t know if the playset she and husband...

500 Haitians reported walking through Mexico toward US

Sep. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 500 Haitians headed toward the U.S. border were ordered off buses by Mexican immigration authorities in the northern state of Tamaulipas Friday, and some tried to continue the journey on foot. Immigration agents and National Guard officers...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...