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Albuquerque's new rapid service on Route 66 sees 5th crash

Dec. 8, 2019 11:05 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth crash has struck Albuquerque’s new rapid transit system along the city's historic Route 66 just days into operation City officials say the accident took place Sunday across the street from El Vado Motel when a car over-corrected into a left lane and hit the...

AP Interview: Warren says voters are ready for female ticket

Dec. 8, 2019 9:06 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren said Sunday she believes Americans are ready for a presidential ticket with two women at the top, rejecting concerns from some Democrats that a woman can't beat President Donald Trump. "Sure, why not?" the Democratic presidential candidate told The Associated Press...

Report: Firefighter overtime surges 65% in California

Dec. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Following an unprecedented series of wildfires across California, overtime costs for firefighters surged by 65% over the past decade, pushing annual wages to nearly $5 billion, according to a newspaper analysis published Sunday. With overtime, firefighters are among the best-paid...

North Dakota county may become US's 1st to bar new refugees

Dec. 8, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said...

Vermont city to allow snowmobiles on downtown streets

Dec. 8, 2019 10:45 AM EST

NEWPORT CITY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city will allow snowmobiles to drive on several streets to reach the downtown area, officials said. Newport City's council voted unanimously this week to give snowmobile riders limited access to downtown streets, The Caledonian Record reported. Riders will be permitted to...

Reno police expand automatic license plate surveillance

Dec. 8, 2019 10:43 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police are expanding the use of technology to automatically read license plates in an effort to reduce gun violence. The Reno City Council approved the expanded use of devices and associated software to track license plates despite critics' concerns it could be used to secretly...

City could put the brakes on student housing in Auburn

Dec. 8, 2019 9:52 AM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Auburn is proposing an ordinance that would put the brakes on any new student housing developments. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that Mayor Ron Anders discussed the plan at a recent city council meeting. A student housing task force has heard complaints from residents...

Vermont town ponders sale of land that once protected water

Dec. 8, 2019 9:10 AM EST

The town of Proctor is preparing to ask voters in the Vermont community how they feel about selling the 1,600-acre Chittenden Watershed. Late last month, the Proctor Select Board directed town officials to draft a ballot article asking voters whether they want to sell the property. The board will review the...

French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action

Dec. 8, 2019 6:22 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change. The protest is part of an unusual climate movement that has taken root around France this year, in...

Students keep driving protests demanding change in Chile

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nearly two months ago, Catalina Santana jumped a turnstile in the Santiago metro and helped launch a movement that changed the course of Chilean history. Student protests over a fare hike morphed into a nationwide call for socioeconomic equality and better social services that...