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Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, right, speaks during a service at the Vernon American Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, as the Rev. Robert Turner looks on at left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Bloomberg offers plan to tackle racial economic inequality

Jan. 19, 2020 3:18 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a pitch to African American voters the day before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visiting a black church in Tulsa, the site of a race massacre nearly 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and the...

Township to close airport with turf runway in September

Jan. 19, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ANDOVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey township says it plans to shut down an airport it purchased almost two decades ago and will continue to review possible future uses for the 121-acre site. NJ.com reports that the 81-year-old Trinca Airport in Sussex County, where planes take off and land on a turf runway,...

WVa community passes resolution supporting gun rights

Jan. 19, 2020 1:24 PM EST

FORT GAY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia community has passed a resolution declaring itself a “Second Amendment sanctuary.” The Fort Gay town council passed the resolution Friday night, news outlets reported. Supporters say it is a defense against possible federal or state legislation that...

Small North Dakota starting its own police department

Jan. 19, 2020 1:00 PM EST

GARRISON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota city of about 1,500 residents is starting its own police department after officials rejected a proposal to continue to contract services from the McLean County Sheriff's Office. Travis Tesch, Garrison's new police chief will begin work Monday. He has 20 years of...

Bill would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections

Jan. 19, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give cities and towns greater leeway in allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Election Laws is planning to hold a public hearing at the Statehouse on a number of bills...

Hundreds from Maryland, Delaware pack offshore wind hearing

Jan. 19, 2020 12:39 PM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Hundreds of residents of Maryland and Delaware packed a public hearing held over the weekend to solicit opinions on offshore wind projects. At least 700 people attended the hearing of the Maryland Public Service Commission on Saturday in Ocean City, The Daily Times reported. The...

To fight crime, Hattiesburg mayor pushes for camera system

Jan. 19, 2020 10:41 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Ms. (AP) — The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime. WDAM-TV reported that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also...

Riot police detain protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. Hong Kong has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have diminished considerably in scale following a landslide win by opposition candidates in races for district councilors late last year. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Police fired tear gas near the park, known as Chater Garden, after some...

Chicago will test out updated bus routes on West Side

Jan. 19, 2020 9:22 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will test updated buses routes on the city's West Side under a pilot program recently approved by the Chicago Transit Board. City officials tout the change as part of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's promise to invest in neighborhoods outside the downtown core. The pilot program is designed...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 19, 2020 1:10 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays. In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the...