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Reunion site named after hero of Virginia Beach shooting

Jan. 25, 2020 5:26 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The post office where survivors reunited after a mass shooting in a Virginia Beach government office building now is named after the man who gave his own life for his co-workers. A plaque was unveiled Friday honoring Ryan Keith Cox at the post office that now bears his name, The...

FILE – In this July 14, 2015 file photo, former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed waits to make a statement after his preliminary arraignment at District Judge William Wenner's offices in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. Reed, who served for almost three decades but was later sentenced to probation for accumulating Wild West artifacts he bought with public money for a museum that was never built, has died. He was 70. A statement from the family reported by PennLive.com said Reed died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 “surrounded by his family.” (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP, File)

Longtime former Harrisburg mayor dies at 70

Jan. 25, 2020 4:44 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed, who served for almost three decades but was later sentenced to probation for accumulating Wild West artifacts he bought with public money for a museum that was never built, has died. He was 70. A statement from the family reported by PennLive.com...

The leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido smiles from a car during a visit to Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Juan Guaido, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Venezuela's Guaidó visits a politically agitated Spain

Jan. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Juan Guaidó, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on Saturday paid a visit to Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. Venezuela's main opposition leader is on an...

Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that is known to have infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41, according to officials.  (Chinatopix via AP)

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan. 25, 2020 3:15 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported...

People burn joss sticks as they pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

New virus mutes Lunar New Year celebrations worldwide

Jan. 25, 2020 11:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A new virus that started in China and is popping up around Asia and the world hung over the first day of the Year of the Rat. Lunar New Year festivities were canceled across mainland China on Saturday and scaled back in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, where residents also endured...

Mount Carbon, seen here from an aerial view on Tuesday, is getting assistance from the state as the last employee left the borough office in March. A merger with Pottsville is one possibility being considered. User Upload Caption: Mount Carbon, seen here from an aerial view, is getting assistance from the state as the last employee left the borough office in March. A merger with Pottsville, Pa., is one possibility being considered. (David McKeown/The Morning Call via AP)

Borough of Mount Carbon might vanish from the map

Jan. 25, 2020 11:30 AM EST

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — In November, when election results came in, John Raess found himself mayor of Mount Carbon by way of two write-in votes and councilman by way of five. But when he showed up for the reorganization meeting at the firehouse this month, no one else did, dashing hopes that the tiny...

Study: Fewer vacation rental units available on Oahu

Jan. 25, 2020 11:21 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A study shows the number of residential vacation rentals on Oahu has decreased by more than 13% since legislation was enforced against illegal short-term rentals, a Hawaii tourism agency said. The Hawaii Tourism Authority released the latest monthly study this week, Honolulu Star-Advertiser...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, Kelley Blair, CEO and founder of Diversity Center of Oklahoma walks arm-in-arm with James Cooper and Allie Shinn, right, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma. Marchers joined Councilman-elect James Cooper in a march from Park Avenue and Broadway to City Hall in support of the LGBTQ community in Oklahoma City. Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

Jan. 25, 2020 10:35 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression,...

Trial expected this year for Michigan farmer suing city

Jan. 25, 2020 10:24 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal trial is expected to begin later this year in the case of a Michigan apple orchard owner who sued the city of East Lansing after he was not allowed to participate at the city's farmers market because he doesn't allow gay couples to marry at his orchard. The trial will...

Mayor: Detroit home values projected to rise average of 20%

Jan. 25, 2020 10:09 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Home values were projected to increase by an average of 20% across most Detroit neighborhoods, according to Mayor Mike Duggan. Residential assessments for 2020 also show that property values are up 30% in several parts of the city. The city said the figures are based on two years of actual...