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Former Stockton mayor gets jail for conflict of interest

Oct. 22, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — The former mayor of Stockton has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading no contest to a conflict of interest charge. Anthony Silva was sentenced Monday but allowed to apply for an alternative work program that could see him avoiding jail. He also was ordered to pay nearly...

One of Europe's last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed

Oct. 22, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs. "There is nothing else better than the river," the retired schoolteacher says. "The Vjosa gives beauty to our village." The Vjosa is...

Rioting erupts as Bolivia says Morales near outright win

Oct. 21, 2019 11:40 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's electoral authority announced Monday night that President Evo Morales was close to avoiding a runoff in his re-election bid, touching off protests by the leader's opponents already upset by a sudden halt in the release of the vote count. Crowds burned the offices of the...

The Latest: Bushes home spared by Dallas tornado

Oct. 21, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather that struck portions of the central and southern U.S. (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The tornado that caused widespread damage in north Dallas passed closed to the home of former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush but caused no damage. Bush spokesman Freddy...

Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma

Oct. 21, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city "very fortunate" to be assessing only property damage. A meteorologist said Monday that people took shelter...

Teachers union rebuffs Chicago mayor's request to end strike

Oct. 21, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants the Chicago Teachers Union to call off its strike before there's agreement on a new contract, but the union isn't having any of it. In a letter to CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Lightfoot says the two sides have made progress but that since it is unclear that an...

Central Park to get first statue honoring women

Oct. 21, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Central Park has 23 statues of men who left their mark in history but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman. That will change after a city commission voted Monday to erect a monument depicting three pioneers in the fight for women's rights: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth...

Report: Detroit prenatal program had help at city hall

Oct. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit program to prevent infant mortality enjoyed special treatment at Detroit city hall, and the mayor's chief of staff abused her authority by twice ordering employees to delete emails, a watchdog reported Monday. Detroit Inspector General Ellen Ha recommended discipline for Chief of...

Mayor: New Orleans spending $400K a day on hotel collapse

Oct. 21, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago. Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been...

Paper: Scientologists buy dozens of properties in Clearwater

Oct. 21, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A newspaper report says the Church of Scientology and companies run by its members spent more than $100 million over the past three years buying up huge sections of downtown Clearwater. The Tampa Bay Times reports that recent purchases doubled the combined real estate footprint of...