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Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

Oregon city stops jailing poor who can't pay court debts

Jun. 15, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The eastern Oregon city of Pendleton has stopped jailing people unable to pay fines, a city official said, following the settlement of a federal lawsuit contending city officials were running a debtors' prison. The East Oregonian reports in a story on Saturday that city attorney...

Brazilians hold general strike to protest pension overhaul

Jun. 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people filled the streets of Brazil's main cities Friday, and schools, banks and some public transportation shut down, as Brazilians angry over a pension reform and budget cuts held the first general strike of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. The...

Calls mount for compromise over unpopular Hong Kong bill

Jun. 14, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests. Some members of the Executive Council, Hong Kong's Cabinet, said she should perhaps rethink plans to rush the bills' passage....

Councilman faces call for resignation for Juneteenth message

Jun. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman's resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. The Leesburg Town Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 19-20 as Juneteenth and urging residents...

Future of left-wing mayors of Madrid, Barcelona in balance

Jun. 14, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The future of the left-wing mayors of Spain's two biggest cities is being decided as political parties work against the clock to determine who will govern the country's municipal governments. Ada Colau, a former housing activist, is poised to stay in charge of Barcelona after her...

Local governments seek negotiating power in opioid lawsuit

Jun. 14, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers suing over the toll of opioids asked a judge Friday to allow a structure for all 25,000 municipal and county governments in the U.S. to be paid — if a settlement can be reached with companies that make and distribute powerful prescription painkillers. The approach, if...

NYC mayor: Trump's openness to foreign help 'treasonous'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio says President Donald Trump's stated willingness to accept a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign should spur Congress to begin impeachment hearings. De Blasio told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that Trump's...

German court lifts city's ban on burkini swimsuits

Jun. 14, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has lifted a city's ban on the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit used by some Muslim women. Wearing the garments in municipal pools in the western city of Koblenz was forbidden at the beginning of this year after the local council narrowly approved a ban. Officials argued...

The Latest: Dozens gather peacefully after Memphis shooting

Jun. 13, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on fatal police shooting in Memphis (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Friends and relatives of a black man who was killed by a federal fugitive task force in Tennessee have peacefully gathered near the site of the shooting. A few dozen people gathered Thursday evening near the...