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Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Dec. 6, 2019 12:05 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence,...

7 dead, 13 injured in China fireworks factory explosion

Dec. 5, 2019 11:55 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in central China say seven people have been killed and 13 injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Hunan province. The Liuyang city government says the blast occurred Wednesday morning due to ‘’ïllegal production.'' Such accidents are common,...

NY attorney general: Town is trying to keep Hasidic Jews out

Dec. 5, 2019 8:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James is accusing a Hudson Valley town and county of “a concerted, systematic effort” to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving into the town, where a developer says bias is blocking hundreds of planned homes. James filed legal papers...

Vermont city council president will not seek re-election

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city council president announced he will be retiring after 25 years in local politics. Burlington City Council President Kurt Wright announced during his radio show on WVMT, “The Morning Drive with Marcus and Kurt,” that he will not seek re-election in 2020....

California rent control advocates try again on 2020 ballot

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group behind a failed 2018 rent control measure is trying again for a ballot initiative next year, even after California lawmakers limited rent increases as one attempt to blunt the state’s housing affordability crisis. The housing advocacy division of the AIDS Healthcare...

Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 90 people were...

Colorado city council puts 6-month moratorium on oil, gas

Dec. 5, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city council has extended a moratorium on oil and gas projects as it works on updates to local regulations. The Daily Camera reported the Broomfield City Council voted Tuesday to extend an existing moratorium for another six months. The original moratorium ended Wednesday...

Governor opposes state barring local bans on plastic bags

Dec. 5, 2019 3:02 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor wants state lawmakers to drop bills that would prohibit local governments from forbidding the use of plastic bags. Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a pair of bills offered by fellow Republicans that would forbid municipalities and counties from banning single-use...

Reno to step up homeless encampment cleanup efforts

Dec. 5, 2019 2:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — City Council members in Reno have agreed to increase efforts to clean waste from homeless encampments despite arguments that it is not a permanent solution, officials said. The Reno City Council has voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a cleanup contract of about $250,000 with Coit...

Manchester officials approval refugee resettlement there

Dec. 5, 2019 1:37 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's largest city has voted to support refugee resettlement there. Manchester’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday to use federal funds to support resettlement agencies after Gov. Chris Sununu gave his consent in November. “We embrace the diversity here and...