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3rd candidate formally announces run for Boston mayor

Jan. 28, 2021 10:01 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Another Boston city councilor has formally declared her candidacy for mayor. Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George, 47, will announce her campaign on Thursday outside East Boston High School alongside a small group of family and friends, she said in a statement. She becomes the third...

Juneau officials fighting online public meeting disruptions

Jan. 28, 2021 9:58 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials in Alaska's capital city are working on measures to prevent disruptions of online public meetings that have included verbal abuse of at least one assembly member. The use of videoconferences allows the public to continue observing and participating city government meetings...

Lawyer pepper-sprayed by Portland mayor apologizes

Jan. 28, 2021 9:10 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer who Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler hit with pepper spray after the man aggressively confronted him on Sunday has released a statement expressing remorse. “I am remorseful for my decision to confront Mayor Wheeler on Sunday, Jan. 24, and I am sorry he felt the need to use...

Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)

The Latest: More rules for returning New Zealand travelers

Jan. 27, 2021 11:54 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Travelers returning to New Zealand will face stricter rules at quarantine hotels as health authorities investigate how up to three people got infected with the coronavirus while isolating at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel. The people were released before testing positive and...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, George Washington High School stands in San Francisco. The San Francisco school board has voted to remove the names of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from public schools after officials deemed them and other prominent figures, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein unworthy of the honor. After months of controversy, the board voted 6-1 Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in favor of renaming 44 San Francisco school sites with new names with no connection to slavery, oppression, racism or similar criteria, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco to strip Washington, Lincoln from school names

Jan. 27, 2021 8:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and other prominent figures including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be removed from 44 San Francisco public schools, a move that stirred debate Wednesday on whether the famously liberal city has taken the national reckoning on...

Businessman pleads guilty in illegal dumping of wastewater

Jan. 27, 2021 7:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi business owner pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to violate the federal Clean Water Act after prosecutors said he took part in illegally dumping large amounts of untreated industrial waste into the Jackson sewer system. Andrew Walker, 70, owns Rebel High Velocity...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 27, 2021 7:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Keep the Trains and Buses Running The New York Times Jan. 21 The coronavirus pandemic is jeopardizing the long-term health of the public transit systems that provide a crucial circulatory system for major American cities...

Security guard Andrea Rapini sits at a local health district appointment only vaccination site after the site closed after running out COVID-19 vaccine in Lake Worth Beach, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

Some Black communities in Florida have no vaccine access

Jan. 27, 2021 5:35 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The predominantly Black farming communities on Lake Okeechobee's shores are at least 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the nearest Publix supermarket — and that's a problem, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has given the chain sole distribution rights for the coronavirus vaccine in Palm...

People gather in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021 to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. The Constitutional Tribunal published the justification of its decision, which means it can now be officially printed and take immediate effect. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New protests as Polish court seals divisive abortion ruling

Jan. 27, 2021 4:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — New anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities Wednesday, shortly after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation’s strict anti-abortion law. The unrest shows growing discontent among many...

SC city councilman to donate paychecks for rest of term

Jan. 27, 2021 4:27 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A Charleston city councilman is giving up his paychecks to support those in his district. City Councilman Harry Griffin on Wednesday announced on Facebook that he would be donating his checks to the City of Charleston in the amount of his monthly net salary for the rest of his term,...