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Fires at ex-mayor's home, Parma city buildings investigated

Apr. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

PARMA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after fire badly damaged the police station, city hall and the former mayor's house in the small southeast Missouri town of Parma, soon after the new mayor and a council member were sworn into office. The fires happened Tuesday night in Parma, a town of 700...

Court overturns rejection of plans for school for disabled

Apr. 18, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's rejection of a proposed school for disabled teenagers and adults was overturned Thursday by the state Appellate Court, which said concerns about increased traffic cited by neighbors and local officials were unproven. A three-judge panel of the court ruled...

The Latest: 720 migrants arrested in New Mexico in 24 hours

Apr. 18, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on New Mexico's response to the influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 2:55 p.m. More than 700 migrants have been taken into custody in less than 24 hours along the border in southern New Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol says a group of 230 people...

Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

Apr. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags and it will now proceed to the governor's office. The measure aims to bar local governments from prohibiting or taxing "auxiliary containers" used for...

Baltimore mayor, 5 of her staffers now on paid leave

Apr. 18, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's embattled mayor and five of her staffers are now on paid leave amid a scandal over book sales. Mayor Catherine Pugh went on leave April 1, saying she needed time off to recover from pneumonia. She's also facing intense scrutiny over the sale of her children's books to entities...

City shuts down 6 massage parlors for licensing violations

Apr. 18, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say six Davenport massage businesses have been shut down because they haven't complied with the city's new ordinance on licensing. Police say no arrests were made Tuesday as a city enforcement team visited the establishments. Officials say complaints have been received...

Colorado city votes to rename 'Swastika Acres' neighborhood

Apr. 17, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city has voted to drop the name "Swastika Acres" from a subdivision. KDVR-TV reports the Cherry Hills Village City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a name change to "Old Cherry Hills" to prevent future controversy. The neighborhood in the Denver...

The Latest: Police widow decries DA over Abu-Jamal appeal

Apr. 17, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the new appeal hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The widow of a slain Philadelphia police officer says she's upset the district attorney won't fight the convicted killer's latest appeal efforts. Maureen Faulkner says District Attorney Larry Krasner...

Tucson paramedic wins $3.8M in lawsuit over pumping milk

Apr. 17, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona paramedic has been awarded $3.8 million after a jury said the city of Tucson failed to provide her with a private place to pump breast milk and retaliated against her when she complained, court records show. Carrie Clark sued the city in 2014, saying Tucson Fire Department...

Yuma declares state of emergency over migrant families

Apr. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of Yuma, Arizona, has declared a symbolic "state of emergency" to deal with the number of families being released from Border Patrol custody into the city. Douglas Nicholls said Tuesday that he hoped not to get to this point but that organizations helping immigrant families...