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Wyoming mayor repays grant money used for personal expenses

Dec. 15, 2019 6:50 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming mayor reimbursed her city for grant money she used for personal expenses, officials said. Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr repaid nearly $600 she used from a $100,000 Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports. Grant money was used to pay for a ticket for...

Protests turn violent for 2nd day in Lebanon's capital

Dec. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. The violence comes on...

Chicago mayor fires longtime city spokesman

Dec. 15, 2019 3:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has fired a longtime city spokesman who worked for three mayors, a city spokeswoman confirmed Sunday. Bill McCaffrey, who worked at City Hall for about 15 years, most recently served as chief spokesman for the city's Law Department. Lightfoot's office said in a...

Mighty Bernie at bat? Sanders makes pitch for minor leagues

Dec. 15, 2019 1:44 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters, the...

Spokane to vote on noise-emitting devices to deter loiterers

Dec. 15, 2019 1:17 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council will vote Monday on a law that would ban devices that emit a high-pitched sound to discourage loiterers in the city's downtown. City Councilwoman Kate Burke, who crafted the proposal, told the Spokesman Review that the devices are inherently discriminatory...

Aggressive cleanup of Spokane homeless camps to continue

Dec. 15, 2019 10:02 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In May, Spokane launched what was supposed to be a one-month trial program to clean up illegal encampments on public property. Seven months later, the interdepartmental team that does the dirty work has responded to 972 reports of illegal camping and removed 152,000 pounds of trash...

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wins reelection in runoff

Dec. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s incumbent mayor won a second term on Saturday night, holding off a millionaire trial lawyer whose previous support of President Donald Trump had become one of the main campaign issues. Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated Tony Buzbee during Saturday’s runoff election....

Cyberattack on New Orleans city computers called 'minimal'

Dec. 14, 2019 8:38 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials announced Saturday that no data was held for ransom and that a recovery operation is getting underway after a cyberattack a day earlier triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans. Chief Information Officer Kim LaGrue, speaking at a news conference with...

Banker, New York City savior Felix Rohatyn dies at 91

Dec. 14, 2019 6:51 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Felix Rohatyn, the financier and government adviser who was credited with helping to save New York City from ruin during the 1970s as chairman of the agency that oversaw the city's finances, died Saturday. He was 91. Rohatyn's son Nicolas Rohatyn said his father died at his Manhattan home....

Study: Albuquerque needs about 500 new homeless shelter beds

Dec. 14, 2019 4:22 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report has shown the city of Albuquerque needs about 500 new beds to accommodate all of the adults who are sleeping on the streets, in parks and other unsheltered locations. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that the $45,000 analysis was intended to help determine how...