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A security officer wears a hazardous materials suit at a subway station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China moved to lock down at least three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Yanan Wang)

China expands lockdowns to 25M people to halt viral outbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 11:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures' potential for success is uncertain. At least eight cities have been shut down —- Wuhan, Ezhou,...

A man rides his bicycle past the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Overnight, Wuhan authorities announced that the airport and train stations would be closed, and all public transportation suspended by 10 a.m. Friday. Unless they had a special reason, the government said, residents should not leave Wuhan, the sprawling central Chinese city of 11 million that's the epicenter of an epidemic that has infected nearly 600 people. (Chinatopix via AP)

Those trapped in China virus lockdown expect lonely holiday

Jan. 23, 2020 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Bai Xue had planned a road trip through China's lush eastern coast to ring in the Lunar New Year, usually a time of lively family reunions and abundant feasts. Then came a new virus, a rapidly developing outbreak, and the shutdown of her city. After Wuhan authorities announced the city would...

Officers attend to one of several shooting victims, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Seattle, after a gunman opened fire in the heavily trafficked downtown area. (David Silver via AP)

Mayor, police pledge action after deadly Seattle shooting

Jan. 23, 2020 9:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A shootout in downtown Seattle that left a woman dead and a 9-year-old boy injured was the third violent incident this week in a part of the city long known for rampant drug use and street unrest. Business groups implored officials to improve public safety. And while crime rates in Seattle...

Albuquerque names fire station after late councilman

Jan. 23, 2020 8:07 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City council members in New Mexico have named a fire station after late councilor Ken Sanchez. The Albuquerque City Council met Wednesday for the first time since Sanchez's death and voted unanimously to name a fire station in western Albuquerque after him. The resolution was...

Some Tulsa residents say 1st black police chief not enough

Jan. 23, 2020 7:54 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fear the appointment of the city's first black police chief won't alleviate the distrust of officers in communities of color. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum selected Maj. Wendell Franklin, 46, to succeed Chief Chuck Jordan, who is retiring Feb. 1....

Nevada initiative spurs proposals for 2,000 housing units

Jan. 23, 2020 7:42 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An initiative in Nevada to build more affordable housing has spurred proposals for more than 2,000 new housing units in Reno, but not all have been deemed affordable, city officials said. The deadline for Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve's “1,000 homes in 120 days” initiative...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, walks off stage after speaking at the ​U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Buttigieg seeks validation from gathering of mayoral peers

Jan. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Pete Buttigieg, an appearance before a gathering of the nation's mayors Thursday was a home game. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was cheered by his former peers as he sought to generate goodwill and electoral support for his Democratic presidential bid. “I join you...

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Mayor: Mummers Parade 'in jeopardy' for repeated blackface

Jan. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including blackface. The mayor sent a letter to the organizers of the four Mummers divisions and requested they meet with...

File - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, the three-member Tillamook County Board of Commissioners hears final testimony on the application by tech giant Facebook over their seeking use of an oceanfront lot for the site of its proposed landing spot for a submarine fiber-optic cable in Tierra del Mar, Ore. A county in Oregon was struggling Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to get its computer and telephone systems running after it was hit by a cyberattack. The attack has disrupted county business, including delaying mailing of notifications of the county commission's Jan. 9 decision to grant Facebook permission to build a landing spot for a fiberoptic undersea cable connecting America with Asia on a community's residential lot.  (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Cyberattacks hit county, city, slowing government functions

Jan. 23, 2020 6:03 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county was struggling Thursday to get its computer and telephone systems running again after it was hit by a cyberattack. a week after a nearby city lost data and computer programs in another apparent attack. “All computer systems are offline at this time, our website is...

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New York City Council votes to ban cashless businesses

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. “This practice punishes the...