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City Council votes to explore sale of public safety building

Aug. 21, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary City Council has voted to explore the option of selling and leasing back its public safety building in an effort to raise funds to balance the city's budget. The vote Tuesday was 7-1 in favor of the effort. Although no buyer has been lined up yet, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said...

With Amazon courting Atlanta, mayor touts "Gulch" project

Aug. 21, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With Amazon.com expected to soon name its site for a second headquarters, Atlanta's mayor said a colossal development planned for downtown represents a once-in-a-lifetime shot to transform the city. Amazon launched a high-stakes municipal beauty pageant in January by narrowing its list of...

Bid to create new city in Georgia triggers a federal lawsuit

Aug. 21, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Lawyers for the city of Stockbridge, Georgia, claim in a federal lawsuit that a plan to carve off parts of the city to form a new, wealthier, whiter city impairs its citizens' right to vote and harms the city's ability to pay municipal bond obligations. The lawsuit was filed Monday...

Aldermen to cut Mississippi mayor's salary again

Aug. 21, 2018 8:56 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — Aldermen in a northeast Mississippi city are cutting a mayor's salary for the second time this summer, saying he's been absent from city business and unavailable to the public. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Aberdeen board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to cut Mayor...

US deports 95-year-old ex-Nazi guard to Germany

Aug. 21, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived quietly in New York City for decades was carried out of his home on a stretcher by federal agents and flown to Germany early Tuesday in what could prove to be the last U.S. deportation of a World War II-era war-crimes suspect. Jakiw...

Crews recover body of man swept away in Wisconsin flooding

Aug. 21, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Searchers on Tuesday recovered the body of a man who was wrenched away from would-be rescuers during flash flooding that forced evacuations around Wisconsin's capital city and cut power to many homes. More than 11 inches (28 centimeters) of rain fell overnight in places in or around...

Settlement approved in LA shooting of homeless black man

Aug. 21, 2018 7:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $1.9 million settlement stemming from the fatal police shooting of a homeless black man on Skid Row. A federal jury in May found two LAPD officers liable for damages in the 2015 shooting death of Charly "Africa" Keunang. City News Service...

Fact-finding hearings set for judge accused of harassment

Aug. 21, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Hearings are scheduled for November in a disciplinary case against a Fox Crossing municipal judge accused of harassing his court clerk. The fact-finding hearings for Judge Leonard Kachinsky will be held Nov. 27-28 at the Winnebago County Courthouse. The Post Crescent reports after...

Ashland City Council considers ride-sharing services

Aug. 21, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Ashland City Council is considering updating its policies to allow ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft within city limits. The Daily Tidings reported Tuesday that Uber reached out to the small city and asked it to consider a policy similar to nearby Medford's because the...

Mobile refuses money for South Alabama football stadium

Aug. 21, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The city of Mobile is refusing to put $10 million into an on-campus stadium for the University of South Alabama. News outlets report City Council members voted against the proposal by a 4-3 margin on Tuesday. University officials had sought the money over a 20-year span to help pay for...