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Baltimore mayor urged to resign after federal raids

Apr. 26, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Supporters of Baltimore's embattled mayor have grown largely quiet as a chorus of resignation calls has dramatically swelled following raids of her government offices, her two city homes and other locations by teams of federal investigators carting out boxes of evidence. The strongest...

Mayor, 2 others slain on highway in Mexico's Veracruz state

Apr. 26, 2019 12:43 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A mayor and two others were shot to death as they were traveling in a municipal vehicle on a highway in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Thursday. Prosecutors said Maricela Vallejo, the mayor of the Mixtla de Altamirano municipality, was with her husband and her...

Nepal quake-hit villages struggle with reconstruction

Apr. 25, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Four years since a catastrophic earthquake destroyed much of central and eastern Nepal, a remote Himalayan area is still reeling with what looks like irreparable damage. Nestled in the foothills of Langtang Mountain, Helambu has become a textbook example of how not to rebuild after...

O'Rourke might halt new oil and gas drilling on federal land

Apr. 25, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke said Thursday he's willing to consider a moratorium on new leases to drill for oil and gas on federal lands as a way to help combat climate change. The Democratic presidential hopeful told reporters while campaigning in Nevada on Thursday the nation...

Federal judge blocks enforcement of anti-Israel boycott law

Apr. 25, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Texas law that requires contractors to certify that they don't boycott Israel. In a 56-page opinion filed Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman of Austin said boycotts are protected free speech, declaring the law fails to serve a...

Many fire-prone California towns don't plan for evacuations

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Wildfire surrounded Darrel Wilken and the three hospital patients in his car. But instead of evacuating Paradise, they were stuck in traffic along with thousands of others. Cars burned in front of them. Trees, homes and buildings exploded into flames as the gusting firestorm...

The Latest: Central Texas storm confirmed as a tornado

Apr. 25, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

RUSTON, La. (AP) — The Latest on a tornado that tore through Louisiana early Thursday(all times local): 6:30 p.m. Damaging winds that destroyed a Central Texas warehouse have now been confirmed as a tornado. The National Weather Service has classified the tornado that smashed the warehouse just outside...

Searches by FBI, IRS add to Baltimore mayor's mounting woes

Apr. 25, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and City Hall offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid dramatically widening investigations to determine whether she used bulk sales of her self-published children's books to disguise kickbacks. The multiple early-morning searches pushed the...

The Latest: Lawyer meets with mayor to discuss 'options'

Apr. 25, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on investigations involving Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (all times local): 5:15 p.m. An attorney for embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has met with her to discuss "options" after multiple court-authorized searches by federal agents. Outside of Pugh's Baltimore...

Texas border mayor charged with trying to rig own election

Apr. 25, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border was charged Thursday with trying to cheat his way into office through an illegal voting scheme in a region long plagued by public corruption scandals. The arrest of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina also comes at a time of heightened tension over...