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New judge to decide on removing life support for Texas baby

Dec. 10, 2019 7:35 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A new judge will consider if a Texas hospital can take a 10-month-old girl off life support despite her family's opposition after the impartiality of the previous judge was questioned. A temporary restraining order stopping Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth from removing...

Thousands rally around Holocaust survivor in Milan

Dec. 10, 2019 4:21 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — A Holocaust survivor who has been put under police protection due to anti-Semitic threats was escorted Tuesday evening through the center of Milan by hundreds of Italian mayors and thousands of ordinary citizens behind a banner reading: "Hatred has no future.'' ‘’I have known...

NYC lawmakers vote 43-3 to require 'bird-friendly' glass

Dec. 10, 2019 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's City Council voted 43-3 Tuesday to mandate “bird-friendly”glass in new buildings in hopes of cutting down on the tens of thousands of birds that die by flying into the city's buildings every year. The bill, which will take effect one year after it becomes law, will...

Voting with their feet: French march against pension reforms

Dec. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cranking up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities on Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap changes to the national retirement system. As a crippling transportation...

Confederate group sues Georgia city over rebel flag removal

Dec. 10, 2019 3:08 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A Confederate heritage group is suing a Georgia city over the removal of rebel flags and flagpoles from a historic cemetery where more than 500 Confederate soldiers are buried. The Sons of Confederate Veterans filed the lawsuit Wednesday stating Columbus city leaders violated the...

Company settles lawsuit over bad Detroit lights for $4M

Dec. 10, 2019 11:21 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A company agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over thousands of defective streetlights in Detroit, a newspaper reported. The city sued Leotek Electronics USA last spring, alleging that roughly 20,000 lights were failing. The faulty lights were an embarrassment, especially after...

Women seek access to strip clubs in constitutional battle

Dec. 10, 2019 11:14 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A lawsuit over women’s right to enter strip clubs unaccompanied by men is making Florida cities and counties worry about the future of their local civil-rights laws. An Orlando area strip club denied two Alabama women access because its policy required women to enter with men to...

Angry protesters attack Lebanese city's municipality

Dec. 10, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Angry protesters attacked the municipality headquarters in Lebanon's second largest city, Tripoli, on Tuesday, smashing windows and setting a room on fire, in an outburst of violence triggered by the collapse of a house overnight in the area that killed two siblings. The attack in the...

North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

Dec. 10, 2019 8:33 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county on Monday voted to accept no more than 25 refugees next year, after initially signaling it would be the first to ban them since President Donald Trump ordered that states and counties should have the power to do so. The 3-2 vote by the Burleigh County Commission,...

Former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov dies at 83

Dec. 10, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The former mayor of Moscow and one of the founders of Russia's ruling United Russia party, Yuri Luzhkov, has died at the age of 83. Russia's Ren TV channel reported Tuesday that Luzhkov died in Munich, Germany, where he was undergoing heart surgery. Luzhkov, a political heavyweight of the...