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Jury convicts Eagle Grove man in shooting deaths of 2 men

Oct. 28, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Webster County jury on Wednesday convicted an Eagle Grove man in the 2020 shooting deaths of two men during a celebration of life gathering. The jury found Michael J. Shivers, 56, guilty in the June 16, 2020, deaths of Jamael Cox, 25, and...

Norway sees rising infections, braces for winter virus wave

Oct. 28, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A top Norwegian health official said the Scandinavian country “must be prepared for a bigger wave” of COVID-19 infections this winter as the country is already seeing an increase in cases. “Based on an overall assessment, we believe it...

Jackson leader meets with federal authorities to fight crime

Oct. 28, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson city council member plans with seek federal help to curb crime in Mississippi’s capital city. Councilman Kenneth Stokes plans to meet with the United States Attorney General on Thursday to ask for help amid a shortage of Jackson police...

Minneapolis mayor faces voters with policing on their minds

Oct. 28, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was the face of the city through some of its darkest days — the death of George Floyd under an officer's knee last year and rioting that marred the ensuing protests, including the burning of a police precinct after Frey ordered officers to...

Minneapolis chief urges voters to reject replacing PD

Oct. 28, 2021 07:36 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo urged voters to reject a ballot question that would replace the city's police department, saying it would do nothing to address the issues laid bare with the death last year of George Floyd. Voters will...

Honolulu relaxes COVID rules, allows venues at max capacity

Oct. 27, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Starting next week, Honolulu will allow outdoor and indoor entertainment venues to operate at full capacity with vaccinated attendees, the mayor said Wednesday as he announced the city's latest measures easing coronavirus restrictions. Patrons will have...

Feds offer loans to those harmed by California oil spill

Oct. 27, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The federal government will offer disaster loans to businesses harmed by an oil spill that shut down Southern California shorelines earlier this month, it was announced Wednesday. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved disaster...

AP Sources: Letitia James will run for New York governor

Oct. 27, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to run for governor, according to three people directly familiar with her plans who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday. James will enter the race as a formidable candidate for the Democratic...

New Orleans drops mask mandate as coronavirus numbers fall

Oct. 27, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is largely ending a mandate requiring residents and visitors wear masks indoors as infections of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continue to fall, the city's mayor announced Wednesday. Mayor...

Hawaii Island farmers get help to fight coffee leaf rust

Oct. 27, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island coffee farmers are expected to receive $300,000 from the state to help them battle coffee leaf rust, a disease that can kill coffee trees. The money comes from the state Department of Agriculture thanks to a bill passed by the...