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Romanian president to seek new term, backs corruption fight

Jun. 23, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said Saturday he would seek a new term in office, pledging to fight corruption after the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party was convicted for abuse of power in office. President Klaus Iohannis said he decided to make the announcement after Social...

Police earn hefty overtime pay to protect Memphis mayor

Jun. 23, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Police Department has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime to provide 24 hour security for Mayor Jim Strickland. The Commercial Appeal reports the city increased security for the mayor following a 2016 incident where protesters came to the mayor's house and...

Zimbabwe leader calls assassination attempt 'cowardly act'

Jun. 23, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at a campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the "cowardly act" will not disrupt next month's historic elections. Dramatic footage...

The Latest: Zimbabwe leader says blast went off inches away

Jun. 23, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on explosion at Zimbabwe president's campaign rally (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Zimbabwe's president says the explosive device in an attack on his campaign rally went off a "few inches away from me, but it is not my time." President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the state...

Suburban Mississippi area to spend $3 million on flood study

Jun. 23, 2018 10:52 AM EDT

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) — Governments in the Mississippi suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee, will spend more than $3 million to study flooding. WHBQ-TV reports that half the money will come from the federal government, while half will come from DeSoto County and local cities. Horn Lake Creek drains much of...

Online sellers consider how to comply with sales tax ruling

Jun. 23, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While a Supreme Court ruling on sales taxes will create more obligations and expenses for many small online retailers, owners are already thinking about how they'll comply. The decision allows states to require out-of-state businesses to collect sales tax from customers in other states...

The Latest: Kansas welfare agency says children's needs met

Jun. 23, 2018 4:27 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The Latest on the separation of immigrant children from their parents following President Donald Trump's order allowing them to remain with their parents (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Kansas' child welfare agency has concluded after an inspection that immigrant children housed in...

Plans unclear for reuniting separated immigrant children

Jun. 22, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two days after President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of families at the border, federal authorities Friday cast about for jail space to detain them together, leaving hundreds of parents in the dark on when they would be reunited with their children. Immigration and...

Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters

Jun. 22, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis. Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez...

Ex-police review authority supervisor awarded $2.8 million

Jun. 22, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former supervisor of a defunct Chicago police oversight agency has been awarded $2.8 million after he sued the city over his dismissal. Lorenzo Davis says he was fired from the Independent Police Review Authority for refusing to change findings in police shootings he considered...