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99% of Tucson employees compliant with COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 01, 2021 00:56 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is hoping all city employees are compliant with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. City officials said 99% of city employees had at least been partially vaccinated by the Dec. 1 deadline. Romero...

Councilman Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayor race over Moore

Dec. 01, 2021 00:07 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta’s next mayor, riding a surge of support that powered him past the council’s current president, Felicia Moore, after finishing second to her in November. Dickens won a...

Los Angeles City Council unanimously passes 'ghost gun' ban

Nov. 30, 2021 23:08 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed a ban on “ghost guns" that police say represent an increasingly large share of the weapons used in violent crimes. The council's unanimous vote prohibits the possession, sale, receipt or purchase of the...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 22:56 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. Just uphill, Total Energies is pumping for natural gas. The French energy giant wants to drill three new...

In shadow of Texas gas drilling sites, health fears escalate

Nov. 30, 2021 22:48 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — At a playground outside a North Texas day care center, giggling preschoolers chase each other into a playhouse. Toddlers scoot by on tricycles. A boy cries as a teacher helps him negotiate over a toy. Uphill from the playground, peeking between...

Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens surges to victory in mayoral runoff, defeating council President Felicia Moore

Nov. 30, 2021 22:42 PM EST
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens surges to victory in mayoral runoff, defeating council President Felicia Moore.

Town votes for review of coach Aaron Thomas investigations

Nov. 30, 2021 19:36 PM EST

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island town officials voted Monday to hire outside counsel to review ongoing investigations into a former New Kingstown High School boys basketball coach, Aaron Thomas, who allegedly asked boys to strip down for naked “fat tests.” ...

Arizona judge takes narrow view of legislative privilege

Nov. 30, 2021 18:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate can't claim legislative privilege to avoid releasing a wide variety of records from the review of the 2020 vote count conducted on behalf of Republican leaders, a judge ruled Tuesday. Meanwhile, a lawyer for Cyber Ninjas, the firm...

Brazil sees 2 confirmed omicron cases, Latin America's 1st

Nov. 30, 2021 17:41 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Health officials in Brazil have reported the country's first confirmed cases of the omicron variant in two travelers arriving from South Africa, the first such cases in Latin America. The Sao Paulo state health secretariat said a 41-year-old man and a...

NYC OKs safe sites for drug use, aiming to curb overdoses

Nov. 30, 2021 17:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first officially authorized safe havens for people to use heroin and other narcotics have been cleared to open in New York City in hopes of curbing deadly overdoses, officials said Tuesday. The privately run “overdose prevention centers” provide...