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City council vote could enable a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark — and the old site's transformation

Jul. 18, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A key city council vote Thursday on a major redevelopment project in St. Petersburg could pave the way to give baseball's Tampa Bay Rays a new ballpark, which would guarantee the team stays for at least 30 years. The $6.5 billion project, supporters say,...

John Deere ends support of 'social or cultural awareness' events, distances from inclusion efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 19:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Farm equipment maker John Deere says it will no longer sponsor “social or cultural awareness” events, becoming the latest major U.S. company to distance itself from diversity and inclusion measures after being targeted by conservative backlash. In a statement...

Race for Louisiana's new second majority-Black congressional district is heating up

Jul. 17, 2024 18:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — In a critical election year, the race for Louisiana's new mostly Black congressional district is heating up as three candidates — including a longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former congressman and an 80-year-old Republican who is a former state senator —...

'I can't breathe': Eric Garner remembered on the 10th anniversary of his chokehold death

Jul. 17, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten years after Eric Garner ’s death at the hands of New York City police officers made “I can’t breathe” a rallying cry, loved ones on Wednesday remembered his life and legacy. “I want people to remember him and remember that he was the one that helped...

Another Texas migrant aid group asks a judge to push back on investigation by Republican AG

Jul. 17, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A prominent aid group along the U.S.-Mexico border asked a Texas judge on Wednesday to push back on a widening Republican-led investigation into nonprofits that help migrants, weeks after a separate court rejected efforts by the state to shutter an El Paso shelter. ...

Lawsuit claims that delayed elections for Georgia utility regulator are unconstitutional

Jul. 17, 2024 16:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Two groups on Wednesday sued to overturn a law extending the elected terms of Georgia's public service commissioners, saying it violates the state constitution for the five Republicans to be allowed to serve terms longer than six years. Georgia WAND Education Fund,...

2 men sentenced in 2021 armed standoff on Massachusetts highway

Jul. 17, 2024 11:59 AM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced for their role in an armed standoff on a busy Massachusetts highway in 2021 that lasted more than eight hours and caused traffic delays during a busy Fourth of July weekend. Jamhal Tavon Sanders Latimer was sentenced Tuesday in...

A Texas school that was built to segregate Mexican American students becomes a national park

Jul. 17, 2024 11:19 AM EDT

A west Texas school built in 1909 for Mexican and Mexican American students as part of “separate but equal” education segregation was designated Wednesday as a national park. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland formally established the Blackwell School National Historic...

Biden says cooling political rhetoric doesn't mean he'll 'stop telling the truth' about Trump

Jul. 16, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Joe Biden returned to the campaign trail on Tuesday for the first time since the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, continuing his calls to calm the divisive rhetoric on both sides but also arguing that doing so "doesn’t mean we should stop telling the truth”...

The president of Florida's only public historically Black university resigns after donation debacle

Jul. 16, 2024 14:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The president of Florida’s only public historically Black university is resigning amid backlash over the school’s apparent failure to properly vet a multi-million dollar donation from a dubious donor. Larry Robinson submitted his resignation last week...