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Small-town mayor to lead Hungary opposition bloc in election

Oct. 17, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Independent conservative Peter Marki-Zay won a primary contest Sunday to become the joint candidate of a six-party opposition coalition that will challenge right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary's elections next spring. The...

Center-right parties lead in Kosovo's municipal vote

Oct. 17, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Center-right opposition parties in Kosovo were leading in Sunday's municipal election but runoffs will still be needed to decide half of the winners, according to early results. About 1.9 million voters in the small Balkan nation were electing...

Fresh look for Mississippi planetarium before 2023 reopening

Oct. 17, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A planetarium in Mississippi's capital city is undergoing renovations and is expected to reopen at the end of 2023 with a fresh look and more extensive exhibits. This is the first renovation in decades at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium in...

South Carolina city wants to take over dangerous road

Oct. 17, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city wants to take over a heavily trafficked state road so it can have more say in safety improvements. Greenville City Council unanimously approved a resolution this month asking the state to turn over ownership of 3.2 miles...

Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid

Oct. 17, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

At the Loma Verde Recreation Center south of San Diego, demolition work is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility from the ground up, complete with a new pool. An hour's drive to the north, the iconic bridge to the Oceanside pier is deteriorating because the city...

After Ida, ordinance targets senior living facilities

Oct. 17, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new ordinance being proposed in New Orleans is designed to protect residents at apartment complexes for seniors during disasters like Hurricane Ida, which wiped out power to the city and stranded hundreds of people in sweltering apartment complexes for seniors. ...

Kids in California county care sleeping on floor in building

Oct. 17, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A central California county executive has pledged immediate changes after a news report revealed that vulnerable children removed from their families were living in deplorable conditions inside an office building — sleeping on conference tables, eating fast food and...

Lawmaker's killing wounds 'British tradition' of openness

Oct. 16, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

The name alone — “the surgery" — evokes a place where help is sought and given. British lawmaker David Amess, like others, hosted his all-are-welcome surgeries regularly, meeting the voters he represented with a smile and a ready ear for whatever concerns, problems, gripes and hopes...

New Orleans picks developer for empty amusement park site

Oct. 16, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said a group called Bayou Phoenix is the city's choice to develop the former Six...

'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

Oct. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In a Catholic church across town, flour and oil to make communion wafers will soon run out....