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Australian town overwhelmed by response to free land offer

Oct. 21, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Outback town of Quilpie hoped its offer of free residential land to anyone who would make it their home might attract five new families to the remote community of 800. But authorities have been overwhelmed by more than 250 inquires in less than two...

Nashville to regulate rowdy party bus industry

Oct. 21, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's Metro Council has approved implementing new regulations for the city's numerous entertainment vehicles that often loudly cruise down lower Broadway. The Tennessean reports that the council voted 33-3 on Tuesday...

Ballot confuses financing of proposed Albuquerque stadium

Oct. 20, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Voters in Albuquerque might be confused about how a proposed stadium will be funded because the ballot measure includes inconsistent language about the nature of the city’s $50 million stadium bond proposal. The Albuquerque Journal reports...

Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa spar in 1st NYC mayoral debate

Oct. 20, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The two men running to become New York City's next mayor offered starkly different visions Wednesday about how to lead the nation's largest city out of the pandemic, improve public safety and gird the city of 8.8 million people for more powerful storms driven by climate...

Los Angeles City Council suspends indicted councilman

Oct. 20, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay. Ridley-Thomas, 66, entered pleas to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for...

Cargo backlog creates traffic headaches on sea and land

Oct. 20, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles neighborhood just outside the nation's busiest port complex has become a perpetual traffic jam, with trucks hauling cargo containers backed up day and night as workers try to break through an unprecedented backlog of ships waiting to unload. ...

Mexico's richest man to rebuild collapsed subway line

Oct. 20, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s richest man reached an agreement with Mexico City authorities Wednesday to rebuild or reinforce an elevated subway line that collapsed in May, killing 26 people. Telecom and construction magnate Carlos Slim said his Grupo Carso’s...

Ducey lawyer says Tucson can't fire unvaccinated employees

Oct. 20, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey's lawyer says Tucson's plan to fire workers who refuse to be vaccinated is illegal. Ducey's general counsel, Anni Foster, outlined her objections in a letter to Tucson's city attorney on Wednesday, a day after the City Council voted to set...

NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers

Oct. 20, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will require its entire municipal workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be placed on unpaid leave, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, an ultimatum that ensures a fight with some unions representing employees, including police officers and...

Audit: NC town ex-finance officer had questionable expenses

Oct. 20, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The now-former finance head of a small southeastern North Carolina town spent more than $11,000 in town funds on her home utility bills and other questionable items, according to a state audit released Wednesday. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office...