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3 politicians sorry for using, defending anti-Semitic trope

Sep. 19, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Three city council members in New Jersey's capital city have now apologized for using or defending anti-Semitic language while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney. Councilwoman Robin Vaughn apologized in a statement on Wednesday, saying her comments defending Council...

China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

Sep. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. congressional leader Nancy Pelosi of making irresponsible remarks about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one day after she welcomed activists from the city to the U.S. Capitol. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Pelosi and other American...

Trump threatens EPA action against San Francisco

Sep. 19, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on San Francisco Wednesday after a California visit during which he blamed the homelessness crisis on "liberal" policies. Trump accused the city of allowing a tremendous amount of waste, including needles,...

Pastafarian pastor leads prayer at Alaska government meeting

Sep. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling. Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor,...

Phoenix City Council discusses police oversight options

Sep. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona city officials have begun considering options for new civilian oversight of the Phoenix Police Department amid multiple officer-involved shooting cases, officials said. The Phoenix City Council held its first work-study session Tuesday to discuss possible oversight options in...

5 accused of obstructing murder case of Brazilian politician

Sep. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's departing attorney general requested on Tuesday that five people be charged with obstruction of justice during the investigation into the 2018 killing of a leftist city councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro. Acting a day before handing over the reins to her successor, Attorney...

Politician apologizes for use of anti-Semitic trope

Sep. 18, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The city council president in New Jersey's capital city apologized Tuesday for using an anti-Semitic trope while discussing actions taken by the city's Jewish attorney. Trenton City Council President Kathy McBride, who is black and not Jewish, said at a council hearing she was sorry...

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

Sep. 18, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder...

Washington state mayor seeks $1,000 monthly compensation

Sep. 18, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

WAPATO, Wash. (AP) — A mayor in southern Washington state is seeking compensation for her service, as well as back pay for prior work as a city council member. The Yakima Herald reports Wapato Mayor Dora Alvarez-Roa seeks $1,000 monthly for serving as mayor beginning in September 2018. A letter outlining...

Reno mayor announces plan to jump start housing construction

Sep. 18, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve (SHEE'-vee) has announced an ambitious plan to jump start the construction of 1,000 homes in 120 days. Schieve said Wednesday the pilot program would help combat the city's housing crisis by deferring fees the city charges for such things as sewer hookups and...