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Florida county closes government building after COVID deaths

Jun. 19, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county shuttered its main administration building after several employees contracted COVID-19 and two people died, officials said. Employees of the Manatee County Administration Building were ordered to leave Friday afternoon while the...

As Brazil tops 500,000 deaths, protests against president

Jun. 19, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anti-government protesters took to the streets in more than a score of cities across Brazil on Saturday as the nation's confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million — a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro's attempt to minimize the...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

SC city's mayor decides not to seek reelection

Jun. 19, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — After 12 years, residents in one South Carolina city will be getting new leadership. Spartanburg Mayor Junie White announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection. White has led the City of Spartanburg for three terms...

Colorado governor signs 3 gun bills into law

Jun. 19, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Saturday signed three of six gun bills passed in the latest legislative session into law. The Denver Post reported the bills were all announced following a mass shooting at King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, when...

LI police leader won't resign over 'broken homes' remarks

Jun. 19, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island police commissioner said Friday he won’t resign over comments to Newsday blaming the lack of diversity in his police department on Black and Hispanic “broken homes.” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told...

Poopy pipe cancels court in aged Georgia government building

Jun. 19, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A ruptured pipe in Columbus' main government building dumped bird feces, leaves and other debris into a judge's office. Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Gil McBride tells WRBL-TV he found debris and water in his office suite earlier this month...

Cities opting out of Indiana's suits against opioid makers

Jun. 19, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several Indiana cities have opted out of the state's pending lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors, reasoning that they will likely see more cash from their own litigation filed in response to the nation’s opioid epidemic. The...

Historic Florida steam train will become tourist attraction

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A 101-year-old steam locomotive that once plied the steel ribbons between Jacksonville and Virginia, then was displayed downtown before its move to the Prime Osborn Convention Center’s parking lot, has another journey to make. The City...

Louisville effort could help people move after shootings

Jun. 19, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Cynthia Hall lost her son, granddaughter and home to gunfire. All in a matter of two days. Hall, 53, said she no longer felt safe in her apartment in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood after someone fired more than 75...