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Indiana community members are raising money to save mural

Dec. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Some members of a northern Indiana community are trying to raise money to buy a building that has a treasured mural painted on one side of it, fearing the city plans to acquire it and tear it down as part of a neighborhood revitalization project. The Elkhart Redevelopment Commission on...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR-15 rifle, and...

Police chief admits anonymously trolling critic on Twitter

Dec. 13, 2019 3:40 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The police chief in Vermont's largest city used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic, he admitted this week. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said that he took six weeks of medical leave to seek mental health treatment after telling his story to the...

Governor on refugees: 'The inn is not full in Minnesota'

Dec. 13, 2019 3:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state government will continue to consent to refugee resettlement, Gov. Tim Walz said Friday, in response to a recent presidential executive order that requires consent from states and counties. “The inn is not full in Minnesota,” the Democratic governor said in a...

Rapper Scarface in runoff for Houston City Council seat

Dec. 13, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing...

Suspected cyberattack hobbles New Orleans city government

Dec. 13, 2019 3:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday. The city's website was down but officials posted news of the shutdown on social media. Employees began noticing “suspicious activity” on computers around 11 a.m., officials...

Brazilians arrive in waves at the US-Mexico border

Dec. 13, 2019 2:28 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border, hotel clerk Joe Luis Rubio never thought he'd be trying to communicate in Portuguese on a daily basis. But with hundreds of Brazilians crossing from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, each week, the Motel 6 by the airport has become a stepping stone for...

Nashua mayor approves city for refugee resettlement

Dec. 13, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire mayor has given approval for refugees to resettle in his city. Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess recently submitted his written consent to the U.S. Department of State in accordance with an executive order from the Trump administration. The September order requires state and...

Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to vote on Mayan Train project

Dec. 13, 2019 2:00 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of 84 municipalities in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula are scheduled to vote this weekend on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ambitious Mayan Train project. Already in the works for a year, the project's future is in the hands of the people who would be most...

Losing Grimsby: Working-class towns desert UK's Labour Party

Dec. 13, 2019 1:35 PM EST

GRIMSBY, England (AP) — Like the North Sea cod that was their livelihood, Conservative voters in the fishing town of Grimsby once seemed in danger of disappearing. In every election since 1945, voters in this port in eastern England elected a Labour Party lawmaker. Until this week. Grimsby, 200 miles (320...