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Joe Arpaio loses 3rd comeback bid in town mayoral race

Aug. 10, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was a once powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago amid frustration over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, was defeated Wednesday in a race for mayor of the affluent suburb...

Former longtime Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses race for mayor of Fountain Hills in his third failed comeback bid in Arizona

Aug. 10, 2022 20:44 PM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — Former longtime Sheriff Joe Arpaio loses race for mayor of Fountain Hills in his third failed comeback bid in Arizona.

Murder charges reinstated in crash that killed troopers, man

Aug. 10, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has reinstated third-degree murder charges against a woman in a crash on a Philadelphia interstate that claimed the lives of two Pennsylvania troopers and a civilian earlier this year. Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Ransom’s decision Wednesday comes...

Portsmouth to name street for hometown hero Missy Elliott

Aug. 10, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is honoring hometown hero Missy Elliott by naming a boulevard in a new entertainment district after her. The Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to change the name of a 1-mile (1.6 km) section of McLean Street to Missy Elliott...

Satellite data finds landfills are methane 'super emitters'

Aug. 10, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Landfills are releasing far more planet-warming methane into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste than previously thought, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from four major cities worldwide — Delhi and Mumbai in India, Lahore in...

Evictions spiking as assistance, protections disappear

Aug. 10, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

Jada Riley thought she had beaten homelessness. The 26-year-old New Orleans resident was finally making a steady income cleaning houses during the pandemic to afford a $700-a-month, one-bedroom apartment. But she lost nearly all her clients after Hurricane Ida hit last year. Then she...

Officials: high tide flooding more common as sea levels rise

Aug. 10, 2022 08:32 AM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said high tide flooding has become more common as sea levels rise and is affecting residents of coastal towns and states. Floods that used to only occur during large storms now occur more regularly from...

Seattle City Council OKs outlawing abortion discrimination

Aug. 09, 2022 23:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — It will soon be illegal in Seattle to discriminate against people for seeking or receiving an abortion, part of the city’s efforts to preserve reproductive rights locally. The Seattle City Council on Tuesday passed a measure making it illegal to discriminate...

Portland accuses DOJ of moving cops accountability goalposts

Aug. 09, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland has accused the U.S. Department of Justice of stating incorrect information and misinterpreting police programs while negotiations continue about how to bring Portland back into compliance with a police use of force federal settlement agreement. ...

Idaho cities decline federal coronavirus relief money

Aug. 09, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sixteen Idaho cities have rejected a combined $700,000 in federal coronavirus rescue money, and one city that accepted $550,000 might have to return it if it doesn't approve spending it. It’s a small part of the $5.74 billion Idaho received in the $1.9...