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Mexican soldiers discover 43-acre marijuana farm in north

Sep. 26, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers found a 43-acre (17.4-hectare) marijuana farm in the northern border state of Chihuahua, the army said Sunday. The army said the fields were capable of producing about 11 tons (22,000 kilograms) of marijuana. The fields were found in...

Alabama lawmakers weigh using virus funds to build prisons

Sep. 26, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is weighing the use of $400 million in pandemic relief funds to build new prisons, a proposal that state Republican leaders say would save state taxpayer money but that critics argue is not the intended use of the federal aid. Lawmakers...

Justice elusive 7 years after students abducted in Mexico

Sep. 26, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Several hundred students and political activists marched through downtown Mexico City on Sunday to demand authorities find out what happened to 43 teacher’s college students who disappeared in 2014. Police in the southern city of Iguala handed the...

Critics say prison problems go beyond buildings

Sep. 26, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Monday to vote on a $1.3 billion prison construction plan proponents say will help address the state’s longstanding problems in corrections, but critics argue the troubles go much deeper and won’t be remedied with brick,...

The Latest: Report: LA County police, fire saw 211 outbreaks

Sep. 26, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Public health officials have identified more than 200 coronavirus outbreaks at police or fire agencies throughout Los Angeles County since the start of the pandemic, according to data obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The 211 outbreaks, accounting for...

Officials investigate fire at Susan B. Anthony home, museum

Sep. 26, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Fire officials in Rochester were investigating a fire that damaged the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House early Sunday. Firefighters responding to an alarm at approximately 1 a.m. arrived to find the back porch of the museum engulfed in flames....

The Latest: SPD leader beats Greens leader for Potsdam seat

Sep. 26, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

The latest on Germany's general election on Sunday: BERLIN — The candidate for German chancellor of the center-left Social Democratic party has defeated the Greens' chancellor candidate in the contest to represent Potsdam outside Berlin. Social...

Battered Grand Isle closes to all but locals, camp owners

Sep. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Grand Isle officials say that the narrow barrier island is closed to all but people who live there or those who own camps there as residents try to recover from Hurricane Ida's devastating impacts. In a posting on the...

Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social bill

Sep. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while...

Communist party wins municipal election in Austrian city

Sep. 26, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian Communist Party unexpectedly won a municipal election in the Alpine country's second biggest city Sunday, according to preliminary results. The Communists got 28.9% of the vote in the election for the city council in the southern city of Graz,...