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The Latest: Mayor says justice served in firing of officer

Aug. 19, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Eric Garner case (all times local): 2:50 p.m. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police commissioner's firing of the officer whose chokehold contributed to the death of an unarmed black man means that "justice was served." De Blasio said Monday he...

NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. Police...

Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland

Aug. 19, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After previous political rallies that ended in violence, police in Portland, Oregon, earned praise Monday from outside observers for using a natural barrier — the city's Willamette River — to keep dueling protesters apart during a weekend far-right rally and large...

Education lacking on Missouri ID law, critics argue in court

Aug. 19, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Critics of Missouri's new voter identification law argued in court Monday that election officials hadn't done enough to help residents navigate the changes, countering the secretary of state's position that his 18-month informational campaign "far exceeded" the legal...

Kansas City T-Bones team evicted from Kansas stadium

Aug. 19, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The struggling Kansas City T-Bones baseball team is being evicted from its stadium in Kansas because of unpaid debts. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas announced Monday it is ending its management agreement with the T-Bones and has given the team until...

Newark awaits ruling on bottled water distribution plan

Aug. 19, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Testing to determine whether high lead levels in a few homes in New Jersey's largest city indicate a more widespread problem could take another month, the mayor said as Newark awaits a judge's ruling that could force it to expand its distribution of bottled water. Representatives from...

City manager in Oregon placed on leave

Aug. 19, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — The city manager in Lebanon, Oregon, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending further discussion from the city council. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports the decision to place Gary Marks on leave was made after an executive session on Aug. 14. Those sessions are closed to...

Shooting death of 9-year-old prompts calls for action in NC

Aug. 19, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A drive-by shooting in North Carolina has killed a 9-year-old boy and injured an 8-year-old boy, motivating some leaders to speak out against gun violence. News outlets report 9-year-old Zion Person was shot and killed Sunday night in Durham. Police say the unidentified 8-year-old...

Mayor seeks help finding men who bedded down in flower bed

Aug. 19, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of one Mississippi town is putting out an all-plants bulletin. It's an effort to find four unknown men who flopped down in a flower bed that the city of Oxford maintains on the town square. Mayor Robyn Tannehill on Sunday posted surveillance video on Twitter of the four men...

Officials: Boise could see rent application fee regulations

Aug. 19, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho city councilwoman has proposed placing restrictions on rental application fees after residents have complained of high cost, officials said. Boise City Council member Lisa Sanchez discussed suggesting an ordinance that would stop people who take fees with no intention to rent,...