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Paris mayor disturbed by new Olympic sponsor Airbnb

Nov. 18, 2019 2:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The IOC signed up Airbnb as an Olympic sponsor sparking concerns from 2024 host city Paris that the home-sharing company is contributing to the rising cost of rents in the French capital. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has been at odds with Airbnb in recent years, set out her issues with the...

Buttigieg touts military service, wary of overstating role

Nov. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg strides past an oversized photograph of himself dressed in fatigues, the Afghan horizon behind him, as he enters a Des Moines arena for an Iowa Democratic Party gala. In his first Iowa television ad, he holds a rifle and points it toward the rubble at his feet,...

FBI arrests central Indiana mayor amid city investigation

Nov. 18, 2019 1:12 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana mayor has been arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing federal investigation that's resulted in the city's former building commissioner pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. An FBI spokeswoman says Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested at his home Monday...

The Latest: Chinese envoy accuses UK, US of interference

Nov. 18, 2019 12:51 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 9 p.m. China’s ambassador to Britain has accused the U.K. and U.S. of interfering in the internal affairs of China and Hong Kong as authorities in the semi-autonomous territory struggle to contain months of protests. Liu Xiaoming...

Food, gasoline shortages reported in Bolivian cities

Nov. 18, 2019 12:43 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Residents in several Bolivian cities are reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted President Evo Morales, who resigned after a disputed election and nationwide unrest. Bolivia’s interim government said Monday that its efforts to resupply...

Voters in Louisiana town approve liquor sales

Nov. 18, 2019 12:30 PM EST

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) — A liquor prohibition is over for two towns in a Louisiana parish after an ordinance was overwhelmingly approved, allowing the sales of more than just beer and wine coolers. The Advocate reports Albany and Livingston in Livingston Parish approved liquor sales Saturday, ending a...

Portland, Maine, might expand ranked voting method

Nov. 18, 2019 11:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest city in Maine might expand a ranked form of voting to more elections after using it to pick a new mayor. Portland’s mayoral races use ranked-choice voting, in which residents prioritize their candidates. The Portland Press Herald reports the city might extend the...

Governments consider child care to attract public input

Nov. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EST

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Sun Prairie is among government entities thinking about providing free child care at its meetings to increase the public’s participation. Alderwoman Theresa Stevens says it would encourage people, particularly those 24 to 45 who have young children, to...

Alaska borough mayor aims to ban smoking in public parks

Nov. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska borough mayor has proposed banning smoking from public parks, which would include cigarettes and vaping devices. Fairbanks North Star Borough Bryce Ward proposed a $50 fine for smoking in any park or area of a park posted as non-smoking, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner...

Yemeni government back in Aden under deal with separatists

Nov. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EST

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s internationally recognized government returned to the war-torn country on Monday for the first time since it was forced out by southern separatists during clashes last summer. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed landed in the southern port city of Aden, fulfilling a key...