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Lake Havasu City lifts citywide mask mandate during pandemic

Sep. 30, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of a western Arizona tourist destination has lifted a citywide mask mandate originally ordered in July that required facial coverings indoors when social distancing was not possible. Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy suspended the mandate on Monday after it was...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Sep. 30, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Sept. 29 The Johnson City Press on “duty-to intervene” policies which require officers to step in when another officer is violating the law: A lawyer is required to report substantial questions regarding another lawyer’s honesty,...

Seattle to require minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers

Sep. 30, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle are expected to make the same $16.39 an hour minimum wage as other workers in the city following a vote by city officials supporting new regulations. The Seattle City Council unanimously voted Tuesday on the new pay formula that requires ride-hailing...

KC police chief: Budget cuts would be 'devastating'

Sep. 30, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in Missouri's largest city says his department would have to cut staff by 400 people, close divisions and eliminate services to meet proposed budget cuts due to the coronavirus. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, in a blog post,...

An electoral staff member checks the temperature of a woman, wearing a face mask for protection against the COVID-19 infection, before allowing her in a voting station in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Some 19 million registered voters are choosing local officials, council presidents and mayors to fill more than 43,000 positions across the European Union nation. ( AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Latest: Czech government declares state of emergency

Sep. 30, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

PRAGUE — The Czech government has declared a state of emergency because of a record surge of coronavirus infections. Health Minister Roman Prymula says it will be effective for 30 days, starting Monday. The new restrictive measures include a limit on public gatherings for a two-week period. All public...

Virginia committee opposes ban on some rally control tactics

Sep. 30, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A city council committee in Virginia's capital has voted against a proposal that would ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades and tear gas on demonstrators, as law enforcement has during recent protests against racial injustice. The...

New Mexico city explores options for commercial air service

Sep. 30, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces City Council is pushing ahead with efforts aimed at determining what it would take to reestablish commercial air service for the southern New Mexico community. Consultants told councilors during a recent work session that research indicates the Las Cruces airport...

12th Jersey City officer pleads guilty in off-duty jobs scam

Sep. 29, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Jersey City police officer's own cellphone provided evidence against her in a no-show off-duty jobs scam that also has involved nearly a dozen other officers, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday. Officer Gicella Sanchez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud a...

Michelle Winings, R.N., prepares to give Gov. Roy Cooper his flu shot at the Wake County Health Department in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: UN chief cites pandemic's 'unprecedent toll'

Sep. 29, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief says the COVID-19 pandemic has taken “an unprecedent toll” especially on the economies of many developing countries and the world has not responded with “the massive and urgent support those countries and communities need.” Secretary-General...

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Error leaves thousands in NYC with flawed absentee ballots

Sep. 29, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mail-in voting has gotten off to a rocky start in New York City, where election officials sent out nearly 100,000 absentee ballots with the wrong names and addresses printed on the return envelopes. The deluge of faulty ballots, sent to voters across Brooklyn, could result in ballots being...