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New LA sheriff vows accountability, integrity for department

Dec. 03, 2022 17:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new head of the nation's largest sheriff's department vowed Saturday to usher in an era of integrity and collaboration after his predecessor's tenure was marked by clashes with other public officials and allegations that ganglike groups of deputies ran amok within the...

To address wealth gap, Wash. to consider $4K ‘baby bonds’

Dec. 03, 2022 10:15 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Jennifer Bereskin dropped out of high school when she was 17. Her family was homeless, and she needed to get a job to buy food and afford bus fare. Couch surfing with friends in Everett, Lynnwood and Seattle, her dreams of college were put aside. “I was merely...

New Mexico visits new political landscape in four-day trip

Dec. 02, 2022 15:57 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is traveling to a convention of Democratic governors in New Orleans on the heels of her reelection victory, with additional engagements in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Lujan Grisham's office announced Friday in a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 02, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. November 30, 2022. Editorial: CT transportation has a new driver When it comes to public transportation, it’s all about speed. Everyone is looking for a shortcut. Can the GPS find a way around traffic? Will trains ever get...

ACLU sues city of Phoenix to stop sweeps of homeless camp

Dec. 01, 2022 15:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The ACLU of Arizona says it is suing the city of Phoenix in order to block resumed sweeps of a huge homeless encampment downtown that they say has displaced people and destroyed identification documents, prescription medications and other belongings. The ACLU says it...

German parliament labels 1930s Ukraine famine as genocide

Nov. 30, 2022 16:13 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament on Wednesday approved a resolution recognizing as genocide Ukraine's 1930s “Holodomor," a famine believed to have killed more than 3 million Ukrainians under the repressive rule of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. The resolution was brought to the...

Portland, Oregon, approves $27M for new homeless camps

Nov. 30, 2022 15:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City Council members in Portland, Oregon, have voted to allocate $27 million of the city's budget to build a network of designated camping areas for homeless people, approving a fiercely disputed budget measure as the city tries to address its homelessness crisis. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Nov. 30, 2022 07:12 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 25, 2022. Editorial: Big wins for diversity The 2023 Minnesota Legislature will better reflect the state’s population. Though some statewide races were hotly contested, on Nov. 8 Minnesota voters re-elected all...

Judge orders men who made fake robocalls to register voters

Nov. 29, 2022 17:16 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two men convicted of fraud for targeting Black voters with phony robocalls before the 2020 election must spend 500 hours registering voters in low-income neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., an Ohio judge has ruled. Jacob Wohl, 24, of Irvine, California, and Jack...

Mayor says NYC will treat mentally ill, even if they refuse

Nov. 29, 2022 17:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor on Tuesday said he was directing police and city medics to be more aggressive about getting severely mentally ill people off the streets and subways and into treatment, even if it means involuntarily hospitalizing some people who refuse care. ...