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Columbia council bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors

Jun. 16, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The city council in Columbia, South Carolina, has banned licensed therapists from offering conversion therapy to minors in attempts to change their sexual orientations or gender identities. News outlets reported that the body passed the ordinance...

After tumultuous year, can Portland make a comeback?

Jun. 16, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The smell of fresh empanadas wafted through the stands at Portland's Saturday Market. People talked through their masks with artists as others sifted through fork windchimes, crystal necklaces, tie dye dresses and clay mugs. The weekly event was...

France honors former mayor in Georgia for WWII service

Jun. 16, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) — A former mayor in Georgia has received a prestigious military honor from the government of France for his service during World War II. Vincent Hommeril, the consul general of France in Atlanta, placed the Legion of Honor on 96-year-old Dennis...

Albuquerque officials hope to bring back traffic cameras

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque hope to bring back automated traffic cameras after the city discontinued a traffic camera system about a decade ago. The Albuquerque Journal reports that a proposed new system, unlike the widely disliked red light camera...

County proposes $1.4M budget amendment to curb gun violence

Jun. 16, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — King County officials have proposed emergency budget amendments meant to reduce gun violence after shootings last week in Seattle’s Central District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods and in nearby White Center that killed four people and injured two others. ...

Worcester proposes full pension for late officer's family

Jun. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Worcester City Council has proposed expanding law to allow families to receive an officer’s full pension if they drown while trying to save a life on duty. Worcester suggested the new clause Tuesday after Officer Enmanuel Familia drowned...

Report blames poor welds for Mexico City subway collapse

Jun. 16, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A preliminary report by experts into the collapse of a Mexico City elevated subway line that killed 26 people placed much of the blame Wednesday on poor welds in studs that joined steel support beams to a concrete layer supporting the track bed. The...

Shore towns want say over wind projects, push back on bill

Jun. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers from Jersey Shore towns are pushing back against a bill meant to fast-track offshore wind energy projects by taking away local control over transmission lines and other onshore infrastructure. A bill moving quickly and quietly...

North Mississippi city has new interim police chief

Jun. 16, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A city in north Mississippi has named an interim chief for its police department. The Tupelo City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to confirm Jackie Clayton for the role. Clayton, currently a deputy chief, will replace outgoing Chief Bart...

Alabama judge censured after cursing, threatening defendant

Jun. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state ethics panel on Wednesday censured a municipal judge who cursed and threatened a traffic court defendant, telling her that he would “bust her ass” if she sued his adult son. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled that Leeds...