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A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans

Dec. 13, 2018 6:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were helping drive up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting...

Bill gives Philadelphia schools more lead paint protections

Dec. 13, 2018 6:05 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's city council has passed legislation to safeguard students from lead paint, months after a newspaper investigation found that more than half of the city's public elementary schools have serious environmental hazards like lead dust, mold spores and asbestos fibers. The...

Judge charged with crimes in her own divorce case

Dec. 13, 2018 5:58 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Livingston County judge already facing allegations of misconduct has been charged with committing perjury and destroying evidence in her divorce case. The attorney general's office filed charges Thursday against Judge Theresa Brennan. State police say she lied during a deposition...

The Latest: Airbnb bashes New Orleans' proposed restrictions

Dec. 13, 2018 5:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a proposal to ban short-term rentals of non-owner-occupied houses in New Orleans (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Airbnb says a proposal in New Orleans to ban short-term rentals of whole homes that are not owner-occupied would "devastate" some city residents who depend on the...

Illinois DCFS sued over care of mentally ill foster children

Dec. 13, 2018 5:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A county public guardian in Illinois is suing the state's Department of Children and Family Services over what it contends is the "immense harm" the agency is doing to mentally ill foster children that are kept in psychiatric hospitals beyond their medical discharge dates. The federal...

Brazil police serve warrants in case of slain councilwoman

Dec. 13, 2018 5:09 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police have served several arrest, search and seizure warrants in connection with the killing of a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman nine months ago, authorities said Thursday. Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot to death March 14 while returning from an...

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

Dec. 13, 2018 4:34 PM EST

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) — A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice. The race for a seat on the Hoxie City Council was determined by Cliff Farmer and incumbent Alderwoman Becky Linebaugh...

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital's voting machines

Dec. 13, 2018 2:59 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote. Congo's first use...

City council looks to phase out business tax

Dec. 13, 2018 2:09 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Burlington, Vermont, say they are looking to phase out what they call an antiquated business tax in order to attract more business. Business owners say they often have to raise prices to pay the tax. WCAX-TV reports the business personal property tax requires businesses...