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Former Washington state mayor accused of stealing funds

Aug. 12, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington state mayor and executive director of a local economic association has been charged with first-degree theft on accusations of using association funds for personal expenses, prosecutors say. Paul Dennis, 51, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the accusations of...

Police patrol the beach on horseback at the Belgian seaside resort of Blankenberge, Belgium, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. A skirmish took place on the beach on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020 which resulted in two coastal communities banning day trippers from the city. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Belgian beach brawl fuels virus, political, climate tension

Aug. 12, 2020 3:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It started as a Saturday trip to Belgium's coast, a chance to escape a heat wave and coronavirus restrictions for a while. As the tide came in, the beach got crowded. Someone complained about the music being too loud. The mood quickly turned ugly. Within minutes, dozens of people were...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 11, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Here are editorials from newspapers published around Illinois. August 9, 2020 The (Champaign) News-Gazette Buddy, can you spare a dime? News of the physical consequences of the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominae our lives and will for the foreseeable future. But what of the fiscal consequences of the...

New Mexico lawmaker resigns, will run for Bernalillo sheriff

Aug. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M (AP) — New Mexico state Rep. Patricio Ruiloba has resigned from his Albuquerque-area seat and will run for Bernalillo County sheriff, the Democrat said Tuesday. He told The Associated Press he submitted his resignation letter to the New Mexico secretary of state and will begin organizing...

Judge rejects suit by ex-officer acquitted in teen's death

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former police officer acquitted in the shooting death of a Black teenager who was seeking reinstatement to another position as a university police officer. The judge’s opinion filed Monday said former officer Michael Rosfeld left his...

A scouts band performs in honor of the victims of the last week's explosion that killed over 150 people and devastated the city, near the blast site in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A week after blast, Beirut pauses to remember the dead

Aug. 11, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The shattered city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis. Thousands of people marched near the devastated port, remembering those who died in the most...

Hawaii governor appoints new directors as labor head resigns

Aug. 11, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has announced the appointment of two new state cabinet members, including a replacement for a department director who submitted his resignation after a two-month leave. Democratic Gov. David Ige said Monday he appointed a new interim director of the state Department of...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Dr. Sonia Angell, director of the California Department of Public Health discusses the state's efforts concerning the coronavirus during a news conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Angell announced she was departing from her role as director and state public health officer for the California Department of Public Health in a letter to staff that was released Sunday, August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

Aug. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health leaders around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell speaks to members of the press at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.. Angell announced she was departing from her role as director and state public health officer for the California Department of Public Health in a letter to staff that was released Sunday, August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Randall Benton, File)

Governor gives few details on top California official's exit

Aug. 10, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A day after announcing that California's public health director suddenly resigned, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday dodged questions about her departure even as he stressed the importance of transparency and accountability. “Decisions were made, and we're moving forward," he...

Electoral officials wait for ballots to arrive at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

Aug. 10, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of the island's Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. A...