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N Carolina mayor wants to hike salaries for 900 city workers

Dec. 6, 2019 4:14 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina mayor wants to increase salaries for hundreds of city workers, saying he recently learned only a portion of such workers can afford to live in the city. Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin on Monday proposed raising the salaries of all full-time city employees to a...

Indian police fatally shoot 4 suspects in gang-rape case

Dec. 6, 2019 4:04 AM EST

SHADNAGAR, India (AP) — Police on Friday fatally shot four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, drawing both praise and condemnations in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The suspects were in police custody and had not been formally charged with any crime. The...

Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists' march

Dec. 6, 2019 4:00 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change. The Spanish capital is hosting a two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global...

World shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street

Dec. 6, 2019 3:58 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Europe and Asia on Friday after a wobbly session on Wall Street, as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U.S. trade talks. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5% to 7,171.45, while the CAC 40 in Paris advanced 0.3% to...

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

Dec. 6, 2019 3:57 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there...

Independence not on ballot, but on voters’ minds in Scotland

Dec. 6, 2019 3:22 AM EST

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Ask voters in this picturesque university town in eastern Scotland how they're voting in next week's election, and they’re likely to transition seamlessly from talking about which candidate they want to send to Parliament to discussing whether or not they want another...

Hong Kong police sound alarm over homemade explosives

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's much-maligned police force provided a rare behind-the-scenes look Friday at its bomb disposal squad to show the potentially deadly destructive force of homemade explosives seized during months of protests that have shaken the Chinese territory. In a demonstration for media...

Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 AM EST

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said. Both robbers were shot and killed, and the fourth victim was in a...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 1:56 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...