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Tennessee mayor resigns, says officials 'thwarted' him

Jun. 20, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee mayor has resigned effectively immediately saying that he's been shut out of the city government and "thwarted" by city commissioners. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports South Pittsburg Mayor Virgil Holder resigned Wednesday in a nearly three-page letter...

Alaska lawmakers weigh governor's call for new session venue

Jun. 20, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — When Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called for the Legislature's next special session to be held in Wasilla, some agreed with him that a change of venue would be good for lawmakers struggling to finish their work after a drawn-out five months at the state capital. Others called it a means...

Homeless crisis spurs recall effort against LA mayor

Jun. 20, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't create the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, but he owns it. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall campaign....

Man says fire Phoenix officers who aimed guns at his family

Jun. 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The young black man shown in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns and yelling obscenities at him and his pregnant fiancee told the City Council on Wednesday that he wants the officers fired. Dravon Ames, 22, told councilmembers that he and his family "could have...

Police shooting poses Buttigieg's biggest 2020 challenge yet

Jun. 20, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg stood before newly sworn police officers to welcome them to the city's ranks, just as he has more than a dozen times since taking office. But this time he was a Democratic candidate for president, speaking just days after a white officer fatally shot a black man...

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

Jun. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers'...

LA mayor targeted by recall effort over homeless crisis

Jun. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't create the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, but he owns it. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall campaign....

The Latest: Phoenix man in video calls for police firings

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the videotaped police encounter after a reported shoplifting (all times local): 4:57 p.m. The young black man who was targeted in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns at him and his pregnant fiancee has told the City Council he wants the officers to...

Seattle campaign finance program gives voters $100 to donate

Jun. 19, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — On a muggy spring morning, Seattle City Council candidate Pat Murakami weaves through front yards and porches, knocking on doors in a gritty but gentrifying neighborhood. It's a tradition for political hopefuls. And for Murakami, a two-time council contender, it's her main fundraising...

Database says 91,600 killed in Yemen fighting since 2015

Jun. 19, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's civil war has killed at least 91,600 people so far, a database tracking violence said Wednesday, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. The conflict began with the 2014 takeover over of northern and central Yemen by the...