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Augusta to boost safety of events like annual biker toy run

Aug. 22, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Augusta City Council is considering a safety proposal aimed at reducing the odds of another tragedy like one during the 2017 United Bikers of Maine Toy Run. Councilors on Thursday will discuss a requirement for a safety plan from organizers of parades or other events. The Augusta...

APNewsBreak: Duo to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

Aug. 22, 2019 5:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and...

New gas tax for I-81 funding rankles some Virginia counties

Aug. 22, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Some local governments along Virginia's Interstate 81 corridor are balking at a new state law that raised their fuel tax rate to help pay for improvements to the highway. The Roanoke Times reports the law has rankled some of the dozen counties that are subject to the regional fuel tax...

DC mayor wants probe into fatal fire at unlicensed rental

Aug. 22, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., has asked federal prosecutors and the local attorney general to launch criminal investigations into a fatal fire at an unlicensed rental property. News outlets report the Wednesday announcement by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser came hours after a 9-year-old boy...

Audit: State Democratic Party understated disbursements

Aug. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Draft audit findings show the South Dakota Democratic Party understated disbursements by $2.5 million, received $67,182 worth of contributions from unregistered organizations and failed to disclose $46,097 worth of debts and obligations. The Rapid City Journal reports that the newly...

Shooter at large after LA deputy shot at sheriff's station

Aug. 21, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators believe a gunshot that wounded a deputy outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station on Wednesday was fired from a nearby building complex that provides housing to people with mental health issues, authorities said. Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, was hit while heading to his...

Latest: Deputy wounded in Lancaster will recover

Aug. 21, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy (all times local): 8:10 p.m. A Los Angeles County deputy who was shot in the parking lot of a sheriff's station is expected to make a full recovery. Authorities say 21-year-old Angel Reinosa was wounded Wednesday...

Sheriff: Corrections officer dies at Pima County court

Aug. 21, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have identified a corrections officer who died at Pima County Superior Court. The county Sheriff's Department says 13-year veteran Brian Krumm suffered a fatal injury while on duty and in a secure area of the courthouse around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The building was locked...

Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Aug. 21, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...