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JetBlue addition to Pepsi sign leaves bad taste for some

Aug. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A landmark Pepsi sign along New York City's East River will also promote JetBlue for the next six weeks, and critics are finding it hard to swallow. An illuminated blue logo advertising the airline was added to the 60-foot (18-meter) Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, Queens, this week....

Turkey: 30 detained in protest over elected mayors' ouster

Aug. 21, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say police have used water cannons to disperse crowds protesting a government decision to oust three elected mayors in Turkey's mainly Kurdish-populated southeast and replace them with government appointees. The private DHA news agency said at least 30 people...

As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians

Aug. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mustafa, a 21-year-old Syrian in Turkey, was at the shoe factory in Istanbul where he worked making army boots when three policemen stormed in, asking if everyone had their papers. He and three other Syrian refugees did not. Within a day, Mustafa and a busload of other refugees would be...

China ties shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

DC enacts emergency regulations to stop migrant kids shelter

Aug. 21, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has enacted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. The Washington Post reports the regulations by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's administration were adopted Friday and prohibit licensing facilities housing...

Philly police head resigns as bias suit roils department

Aug. 20, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., but in...

'I can't breathe' case clouds de Blasio's tenure, 2020 run

Aug. 20, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's police force was destined to be rocky. He took office promising to overhaul how the city's 36,000 officers interacted with the public, especially people of color. But Blasio's handling of one such interaction — the 2014 police...

Group seeks more details about raid on California reporter

Aug. 20, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit that advocates for more open and accountable government sued San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police on Tuesday after failing to get access to records about a controversial police raid on a freelance journalist. The First Amendment Coalition said in its lawsuit...

Report: Beckham stadium site has unsafe arsenic levels

Aug. 20, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An environmental report poses a new problem for the proposed site of David Beckham's Major League Soccer stadium in Miami: Tests show the soil is far more toxic than expected. According to the Miami Herald, the analysis found arsenic contamination reaching more than twice the legal limit and...

Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

Aug. 20, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it...