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94-year-old Eugene City Councilor won't run for reelection

Dec. 10, 2019 8:11 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A 94-year-old Eugene City Councilor announced Monday she will not seek reelection to an unprecedented seventh four-year term. The Register-Guard reports Betty Taylor will step down when her current term expires in January 2021, allowing a new councilor to represent Ward 2 for the first...

Duluth to consider banning conversion therapy

Dec. 10, 2019 7:53 AM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth is the latest city to consider banning conversion therapy aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation. A proposal to ban the practice was introduced at the City Council meeting Monday night. Council member Gary Anderson said he introduced the measure because of a lack of...

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...

China's electric car sales slump, squeezing automakers

Dec. 10, 2019 6:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for a new car, Yang Zhibo considered an electric but balked at prices that are thousands of dollars higher after Beijing wound down multibillion-dollar subsidies that made China the biggest market for the technology. The 27-year-old employee of a beverage distributor picked a...

DC Democratic Party asks councilman in scandal to leave role

Dec. 10, 2019 5:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Democratic Party wants its national committeeman to leave after a third-party investigation found he committed wrongdoing as a district councilman. The party passed a vote last week to pass a resolution calling for Jack Evans to step down, WTOP-FM reports. The vote was held in...

Alabama college town probes halt on student housing projects

Dec. 10, 2019 4:38 AM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A college town in Alabama proposed temporarily halting construction on any new student housing developments in the city amid concerns the number of existing facilities exceeds the amount of students. Auburn Mayor Ron Anders proposed an ordinance at last week's city council meeting that...

Mississippi justices consider airport hangar tax dispute

Dec. 10, 2019 4:26 AM EST

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether a company should be exempt from paying more than $61,000 in local property taxes. Justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a company called G4, which is owned by Pearl River County resident Tyron Gill. The company wants to be...

Mississippi city works to resolve Thanksgiving cyber attack

Dec. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Officials in one Mississippi city have confirmed the local government fell victim to a cyber attack on Thanksgiving. Computer systems in the city of Pascagoula are almost all up and running again after they were infected with malware from a third-party contractor connected to city...

West Virginia police chief named as city manager

Dec. 10, 2019 1:20 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The police chief of a West Virginia city has been named the city's new manager. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams on Monday appointed Chief Hank Dial to the role, which he's set to start next week, news outlets report. The move comes with a roughly $8,000 pay bump, putting his new...

North Dakota county votes to take limited number of refugees

Dec. 10, 2019 12:14 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,...