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FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia. Hilco Redevelopment aims to move quickly to clean up the 1,300-acre South Philadelphia refinery complex and redevelop it into a mixed-use industrial facility. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Firm to redevelop Philadelphia refinery site after $240M bid

Jan. 22, 2020 9:33 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A redevelopment firm's $240 million bid won an auction to acquire the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery site and has an “aggressive” timeline to clean up and redevelop, city officials said. Hilco Redevelopment Partners agreed to pay the high price to acquire...

Anti-government protesters break a bank security camera as other smashes the widows, during ongoing protests against the Lebanese central bank's governor and against the deepening financial crisis, at Hamra trade street, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Lebanese security forces lobbed tear gas at protesters who responded with rocks outside the country's central bank Tuesday, a violent turn after demonstrators returned to the streets following a weekslong lull. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Pitched clashes near Lebanon's central bank amid protests

Jan. 14, 2020 5:41 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired volleys of tear gas at protesters who responded with rocks outside the country's central bank in pitched street battles that lasted for hours late Tuesday. The clashes ended a day of rallies that followed a lull in the three-months-long protests. The street...

Developer of hotel near KU pleads guilty to conspiracy

Jan. 10, 2020 9:36 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The developer of a seven-story hotel adjacent to the University of Kansas has pleaded guilty in a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds from the city of Lawrence. The U.S. attorney's office says 54-year-old Thomas Fritzel pleaded guilty Thursday to one county of criminal...

The construction site for a memorial honoring victims of a mass shooting is shown, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. The shooting, which left former U.S. congresswoman Gabby Giffords severely injured, took place nine years ago. Construction is expected to be done in late summer or fall. (Astríd Galván via AP)

Community marks 9 years since deadly Arizona mass shooting

Jan. 8, 2020 5:46 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nearly a decade after Tucson became the site of a deadly mass shooting, the city renewed a promise Wednesday that the victims would not be forgotten. Dozens, including survivors like former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, gathered for a morning ceremony in front of a historic courthouse...

Kemp names 5 to board overseeing Georgia public colleges

Jan. 3, 2020 6:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp named five new people to the board that oversees the state's public colleges and universities Friday. The new University System of Georgia Board of Regents members are Cade Joiner of Brookhaven, T. Dallas Smith of Atlanta, Harold Reynolds of Greensboro, Everett...

Ex-state park board chairman urges $4M Hell Creek investment

Dec. 28, 2019 2:39 PM EST

A minimum of $4 million should be raised to invest in much-needed improvements to Hell Creek State Park in order to make it a “genuine destination park” on Fort Peck Reservoir. That’s the recommendation of Tom Towe, a Billings attorney who was appointed as a special liaison to Montana Fish,...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018 file photo, Saudi-backed forces, part of Ahmed al-Kawkabani's, southern resistance unit in Hodeida, patrol in Hodeida, Yemen. Several international aid groups warned on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 that the flashpoint Yemeni city at the heart of last year's peace agreement signed in Sweden remains the most dangerous place in the war-torn, impoverished Arab country.  Fifteen aid agencies -- including the Norwegian Refugee Council, CARE International, Medecins du Monde and Oxfam -- say that since the U.N.-brokered deal last December, the port city of Hodeida and the surrounding province has seen 799 civilians killed and wounded.  (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

U.N. hosts renewed talks on contested Yemeni port city

Dec. 18, 2019 12:18 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s warring parties have renewed talks on how to implement a year-old truce in the contested port city of Hodeida. The two days of meetings are taking place on a boat off the coast of the city, according to a statement by the United Nations mission tasked with supporting the...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, photo is one of the many new apartment complexes being build in the downtown area in Phoenix. Phoenix has some of the nation’s fastest-rising rents as people abandon the cold winters in the Midwest or flee high housing costs in California. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

New Phoenix apartments to replace old public housing units

Dec. 18, 2019 12:03 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials will break ground Thursday on new affordable housing to replace old public housing units from the 1960s being razed for redevelopment of the economically depressed Edison-Eastlake neighborhood east of downtown. The city says 38 obsolete units will be replaced with 78 new...

In this photo taken by Walter McDonald in 1969 and provided by the Albuquerque Museum, two young women walk on a sidewalk along Route 66 in Albuquerque, N.M. The photo, and other images from a street photography project that were taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s, are scheduled to go on display Dec. 21, 2019 until May 24, 2020, at the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Museum via AP)

Exhibit to highlight Albuquerque street photo project

Dec. 15, 2019 10:39 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Samples of a street photography project that is more than a half-century in the making are set to go on display in Albuquerque, and organizers want residents to visit and help find family members. The exhibit called “Let the Sunshine In” is scheduled to start Dec. 21...

This Dec. 10, 2019 photo shows the the Peace Mural, created 24 years ago by the late Kelby Love, a native of Elkhart, Indiana, on a building in town. Community members and activists are pushing to save the deteriorated mural   that a city neighborhood revitalization project threatens to tear down. The Elkhart Redevelopment Commission approved the option Tuesday, Dec. 10,  to pursue buying the building that is home to the “Peace Mural,

Indiana community members are raising money to save mural

Dec. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Some members of a northern Indiana community are trying to raise money to buy a building that has a treasured mural painted on one side of it, fearing the city plans to acquire it and tear it down as part of a neighborhood revitalization project. The Elkhart Redevelopment Commission on...