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Boston approves new limits on police in immigration matters

Dec. 11, 2019 5:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston lawmakers imposed new limits on police in immigration matters Wednesday in response to revelations the department has been closely coordinating with federal authorities for years despite a sanctuary city policy. The City Council approved changes to the city's 5-year-old Trust Act,...

Fears mount that New Jersey shooting was anti-Semitic attack

Dec. 11, 2019 5:04 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the gunbattle and...

King County approves money to improve courthouse security

Dec. 11, 2019 4:56 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The King County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved $600,000 in emergency funding to improve security outside the courthouse in downtown Seattle. The action comes after assaults and other incidents on the streets and sidewalks just outside the King County Courthouse. KOMO reports that...

Court: Sending part of car tax to new board unconstitutional

Dec. 11, 2019 4:15 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state law that sends a small percentage of local governments' motor vehicle sales taxes to a state board is unconstitutional, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. At issue in is part of a 2017 law establishing the Uniform Local Sales Tax Board. The panel was established to...

Nevada governor pans counties' request for Area 51 event aid

Dec. 11, 2019 4:03 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s governor says the state might not reimburse two rural counties seeking disaster relief aid over “Storm Area 51” events that attracted less-than-anticipated crowds in September to remote towns near a formerly top-secret military base. Gov. Steve Sisolak...

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 4:01 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people amid a high cost of living and a shortage of housing. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting Tuesday that the ship would...

Phoenix, Maricopa County intend to keep welcoming refugees

Dec. 11, 2019 3:55 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and leaders of Arizona's largest county on Wednesday followed the governor's lead in affirming they will continue to welcome refugees who have been vetted by U.S. agencies for resettlement. Gallego said she will inform the U.S. government of her decision about...

Fiscal watchdog urges shutdown of immigrant detention center

Dec. 11, 2019 3:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog said Wednesday that his staff was repeatedly refused a tour of a Berks County facility that is one of three family detention centers in the United States that hold children and parents who are seeking asylum or entered the country...

French government raises retirement age as strikes grind on

Dec. 11, 2019 3:28 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday that the full retirement age will be increased for the country's youngest, but offered concessions in an ill-fated effort to calm a nationwide protest against pension reforms that critics say will erode the nation's way of life. The government is trying...

Bloomberg calls for 'war on poverty' on 1st California trip

Dec. 11, 2019 3:23 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg took his Democratic presidential campaign to California on Wednesday, pledging to launch a “war on poverty” at an event in a city once known as the nation's foreclosure capital. “As president, my job will be to move all Americans ahead, and...