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Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex, which has become synonymous with violence and neglect, and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The City Council voted 36-13 to replace the complex with four...

FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time

Oct. 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations. Frequent flyers on U.S. airlines are all too aware that cramped economy...

Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

Oct. 17, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday. Images on local television showed dozens of people in Maragogi, known for its natural pools of crystalline water, shoveling...

The Latest: NYC to close Rikers Island jail complex by 2026

Oct. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City's plan to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex (all times local): 5:35 p.m. New York City lawmakers have approved a plan to close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex and replace it with four smaller jails. The City Council voted Thursday to build...

New York City Council votes to close Rikers Island, replace massive detention center with 4 smaller jails

Oct. 17, 2019 5:35 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council votes to close Rikers Island, replace massive detention center with 4 smaller jails.

Cummings provided strength, calm, for urban Baltimore

Oct. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown's champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the...

Mexican court orders soldiers re-arrested in army massacre

Oct. 17, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A court in Mexico ordered the re-arrest of seven soldiers on abuse of authority charges for the 2014 army killings of suspects in a grain warehouse. The ruling made public Thursday re-opens the thorny question of army executions, just two days after the army killed 14 suspects in a...

Ex-teacher, council member pleads in student sex encounter

Oct. 17, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former high school teacher and Shawnee City Council member pleaded no contest to having a sexual encounter with a student. Justin Adrian, who taught social studies teacher at Olathe East High School, pleaded Thursday to aggravated battery and misdemeanor sexual battery. He will be...

Manhattan to allow women to go topless, with restrictions

Oct. 17, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Women are now legally allowed to go topless in Manhattan, with some restrictions. The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided to amend the city code to allow females to go topless. However, property owners and businesses may still require all patrons to wear shirts....

Nearly $1 million spent on Spokane mayor race

Oct. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The total amount of money spent on the race for Spokane mayor is approaching $1 million. KREM-TV reports that as of Wednesday, money donated to or spent independently on behalf of Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward totals more than $948,000. Much of that money has been spent on...