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FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, an ambulance drives by a homeless encampment in Oakland, Calif. City officials in Oakland, growing weary of a ballooning homeless population, approved a contentious new policy that will prohibit homeless people from setting up tents in parks or near homes, businesses, schools and some churches. (AP Photo/Ben Margot,File)

Oakland approves rules to restrict homeless encampments

Oct. 21, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — City officials in Oakland approved a contentious new policy that will prohibit homeless people from setting up tents in parks or near homes, businesses, schools and some churches in the city that has seen a recent spike in the homeless population. The Oakland City Council unanimously...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 21, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The Long Island Six needs to deliver for residents Newsday Oct. 20 In the New York State Senate, the Long Island Nine are now the Long Island Six, the stalwart Republican bloc of years past transformed into a growing...

Virginia man pleads guilty to cyberstalking Tulsa mayor

Oct. 21, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Virginia man who sent dozens of harassing emails and phone messages to Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and his family in a failed attempt to stop President Donald Trump's campaign rally in June pleaded guilty Wednesday to cyberstalking. Appearing via video from his home state, Adam Maxwell...

FILE- In this Aug. 7, 2020 file photo, power lines and poles lie in a roadway beside a fallen tree in Westport, Conn., brought down by Tropical Storm Isaias. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong asked regulators to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's days-long power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

AG wants reimbursements for poor response to power outage

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general asked regulators Wednesday to order reimbursements for utility customers who lost food and medicine during August's dayslong power outage in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. Attorney General William Tong spoke as the Public Utilities Regulatory...

Eula Battle, wife of Huntsville mayor, dies

Oct. 21, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (AP) — The wife of Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Eula Battle, has died. She was 65. The mayor's office made the announcement on Tuesday but didn't release a cause of death. Eula Battle had a more than three-decade career as a schoolteacher, much of it with Madison County Schools. She also...

ASU expert: Arizona seeing surge in coronavirus cases

Oct. 21, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is in the midst of a surge in coronavirus cases that resembles the early stages of the summer spike that made the state one of the world’s hardest hit hotspots for COVID-19, a prominent researcher said Wednesday. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute at...

FILE - In this Monday, May 20, 2019 file photo, cars pas by a speed limit traffic sign at the 'Leipziger Strasse' in Berlin, Germany. Campaigners in Berlin are launching a drive to collect signatures for a vote on making the heart of the German capital largely car free. Backers of the plan said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 that banning most cars from the city center would improve quality of life, improve road safety and help Germany achieve its climate goals. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Campaigners seek vote to make Berlin center largely car-free

Oct. 21, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Campaigners in Berlin are launching a drive to collect signatures for a vote on making the heart of the German capital largely car-free. Backers of the plan said Wednesday that banning most cars from the city center would improve quality of life, improve road safety and help Germany achieve...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Oct. 21, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 16 Johnson City Press on expanding early voting options: Now that early voting clearly is the choice of thousands of voters in Northeast Tennessee, it’s time for local election commissions to alter their strategies. On Oct. 14, the first day of early...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 21 The Decatur Daily and The TimesDaily on outdoor trails and historic sites in Alabama: With the new coronavirus taking its toll on leisure travel and many people stuck at home and starting to go stir crazy, it’s important to remember that taking care...

President Donald Trump acknowledges his supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at Erie International Airport, in Erie, Pa, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

Oct. 21, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign. As Democrat Joe Biden holes up for debate prep in advance of Thursday's...