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In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, image from China's CCTV video, a patient is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance by medical workers in protective suits in Wuhan, China. China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with a new virus that sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities home to millions of people during the country's most important holiday. (CCTV via AP)

China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital

Jan. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday. The number of confirmed...

Ex-Boston City Hall official sentenced in bribery scheme

Jan. 24, 2020 6:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston City Hall official who admitted accepting a bribe was sentenced in federal court Friday to just over three years in prison and one year of supervised release. John Lynch, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of bribery and one count of filing a false federal tax...

Police in ‘substantial compliance’ with required reforms

Jan. 24, 2020 5:18 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Justice Department lawyers said Friday they’ve found the Portland Police Bureau in substantial compliance with 190 reforms required as part of a city settlement adopted six years ago. The settlement came after a federal investigation determined officers used excessive...

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 4:42 PM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to news outlets in Toledo, after WTOL-TV reported on the letters, which are...

This undated photo provided by Garrett Hade shows shows Hade at Recovery Fest hosted by Above The Noise Foundation event.  Hade, said he has been sober for nearly five years after a long odyssey through addiction that began with OxyContin when he was a teenager in Florida.  As an organizer with the Recovery Advocacy Project, Hade said he's telling people that they'll be able to make claims against Purdue Pharma. (Garrett Hade via AP)

Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 PM EST

State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation's addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot. On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June...

Galveston repeals gun regulations to avoid city lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2020 3:16 PM EST

GALVESTON, TX (AP) — The Galveston City Council voted to scrap an ordinance that prevented gun shops and shooting ranges from being located near schools or places of worship. The City Council approved the amended land-use regulations in a unanimous vote Thursday to comply with state law and avoid a...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center, talks to reporters as she arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate plunges into President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump's

Can Klobuchar build a late surge from a long distance?

Jan. 24, 2020 3:06 PM EST

STANTON, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of event designed to play up the Midwestern sensibilities that Amy Klobuchar so often talks about on the campaign trail. In a small rural Iowa community, voters gathered in a neighbor's home. They ate tater tot hot dish — Klobuchar's award-winning recipe —...

Lebanon, New Hampshire, putting 'sanctuary city' on ballot

Jan. 24, 2020 2:45 PM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Residents of Lebanon, New Hampshire, will vote in March on an ordinance that would make it an immigration “sanctuary city.” City councilors voted 8-1 Wednesday to include what it calls the Welcoming Ordinance on the March ballot. It would limit city employees and...

2 towns adopt Second Amendment 'sanctuary' resolutions

Jan. 24, 2020 1:42 PM EST

HOLLAND, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont communities have adopted symbolic designations as Second Amendment “sanctuary" towns. The towns of Holland and Pittsford are the first communities in the state to adopt the resolutions this year, the Caledonian Record reported. The designations come as the Vermont...

Institution in Idaho for Oregon foster children off limits

Jan. 24, 2020 1:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County judge has blocked Oregon child welfare officials from sending a foster child to live at an Idaho facility after the boy’s attorney pointed out a technicality that could impact the state’s ability to place more foster children there. The Department of Human...