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Nicaragua government takes over five opposition-held towns

Jul. 04, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Four months before scheduled municipal elections, Nicaraguan riot police have taken over the city halls of five municipalities that had been in the hands of an opposition party. Kitty Monterrey, president of Citizens for Freedom, a political party disallowed by...

3 feet of rain sets up 4th round of flood misery for Sydney

Jul. 04, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round of flooding in less than a year and a half. Days of torrential rain caused...

Iran TV: Sandstorm shuts offices, schools in Tehran, region

Jul. 04, 2022 04:03 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Schools and government offices closed in Iran's capital and several other cities in the country on Monday, after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran and the surrounding region. State-run TV warned of poor air quality and advised the elderly, those sick and...

Oak Island’s new Beach Services Unit aids in public safety

Jul. 04, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

OAK ISLAND, N.C. (AP) — It’s a Saturday morning in mid-June, which means that Oak Island’s beach strand is crowded. The tide is rising, and the beach is narrow, particularly on the east end. Cynthia Grant, a member of Oak Island’s Beach Services Unit, weaves her utility...

Russia claims control of pivotal eastern Ukrainian province

Jul. 03, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed control Sunday over the last Ukrainian stronghold in an eastern province that is key to achieving a major goal of Moscow's grinding war. The General Staff of Ukraine's military reported that its forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk in Luhansk...

Small plane crashes near Boulder City airport; pilot killed

Jul. 03, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — A pilot has died after a small plane crashed Sunday morning in Boulder City, according to authorities. A spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Extra EA-300 crashed about three miles southwest of Boulder City Municipal...

Shark attacks Long Island lifeguard during training exercise

Jul. 03, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Suffolk County officials closed a Long Island beach to swimming Sunday after what they described as an unprecedented shark attack that injured a lifeguard. The lifeguard had been playing the role of a victim during a training exercise when the shark bit...

$300M for plan to move tracks off crumbling Del Mar bluffs

Jul. 03, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — California will provide $300 million to help relocate train tracks along a stretch of eroding seaside cliffs near San Diego, regional transportation officials said. Local governments and the North County Transit District have spent millions buttressing...

Minneapolis police budget expands post-Floyd death

Jul. 03, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department’s budget has expanded despite calls to reduce funding for law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reported Saturday that the department currently has a $196 million budget, up about $3 million...

DA: Late officer justified in accidental shooting death

Jul. 03, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor has ruled that a late police sergeant was justified in using deadly force that resulted in the accidental shooting death of a jail guard during a hostage situation at a county courthouse last fall. Authorities said an inmate had been...