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Wall falls in downtown Virginia causing gas leak, evacuation

Oct. 23, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Parts of downtown Virginia in northern Minnesota were evacuated after part of a brick wall collapsed during demolition, causing a gas leak and power outage. Crews were tearing down a former St. Louis County government building when the wall fell around the lunch hour Wednesday....

Executive privilege mentioned in case of Giuliani associates

Oct. 23, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Rudy Giuliani associates with ties to Ukraine pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they used foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions, with a defense lawyer for one of them floating the idea that the White House could assert executive privilege over evidence in the case....

Judge rules Utah county violated rights with gang injunction

Oct. 23, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a Utah county violated the rights of two men who were targeted using an injunction restricting the actions of suspected gang members. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the ruling in U.S. District sided with Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero of Ogden, who both...

As teachers strike, Chicago mayor offers $838M deficit fix

Oct. 23, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who's still trying to settle a nearly week-old teacher's strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to close a massive $838 million budget deficit. As Lightfoot spoke, thousands of...

The Latest: Chicago classes canceled for 6th day amid strike

Oct. 23, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Chicago's budget woes and ongoing teacher strike (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Chicago Public Schools have cancelled classes for a sixth day as a teachers' strike remains unresolved. The nation's third-largest school district has kept school buildings open since the Chicago...

2 being charged in death of missing girl found in trash

Oct. 23, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say they will charge two people with kidnapping and capital murder in the death of a 3-year-old Alabama girl whose body was found amid trash 10 days after being kidnapped outside a birthday party. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said at a news conference Tuesday that...

Ex-convict appointed to new post in western Arkansas city

Oct. 23, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An ex-convict who pleaded guilty to bribery has been tapped to run an Arkansas city's newly created department. West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon appointed Steven Jones as director of business and community relations, which will focus on projects that enhance the city's...

Bevin lays out priorities in second term if he's reelected

Oct. 23, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has laid out his top priorities if Kentucky voters give him a second term in next month's election. Speaking to a gathering of county officials, Bevin vowed to shore up public pensions, modernize the state's tax code, improve adoption and foster care...

Senate kills Democratic attempt to overturn Trump tax rules

Oct. 23, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Democratic attempt to give relief to people hit hardest by new limits on how much of their state and local tax bill they can deduct from federal taxes. The regulations were a key part of the GOP's 2017 tax code overhaul, limiting the deduction permitted...

2nd mistrial called in Minnesota traffic crash killing case

Oct. 23, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after a traffic accident. Judge Joseph Chase declared the mistrial Wednesday in the case against Alexander Weiss of Rochester, Minnesota, after jurors said they were...