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New Haven alders reject mayor's choice for police chief

Dec. 07, 2021 10:33 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The New Haven Board of Alders has rejected the mayor's nomination of Renee Dominguez as police chief, after some city residents raised concerns about increasing violence, low diversity in the police department and a lack of public input in the chief selection process. ...

Hong Kong loses shine amid tough coronavirus restrictions

Dec. 07, 2021 06:45 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The bustling, cosmopolitan business hub of Hong Kong may be losing its shine among foreign companies and expatriates with its stringent anti-pandemic rules requiring up to 21 days of quarantine for new arrivals. The restrictions are discouraging both visitors and...

Crews begin long process of dismantling Lee statue pedestal

Dec. 06, 2021 22:00 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Preliminary work to remove an enormous pedestal that until recently held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee got underway Monday in Richmond. A crew was erecting scaffolding around the pedestal Monday afternoon, one of the first steps in what's expected...

Oklahoma judge stays Jan. 6 execution for competency hearing

Dec. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state court judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary stay of execution on Monday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a security guard during a 2004 bank robbery in Tulsa. Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills issued the stay so that a...

Computer chip firm Micron plans design center in Atlanta

Dec. 06, 2021 18:08 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A microchip maker will open a design center in Atlanta next month that it says will create 500 jobs. Idaho-based Micron Technology made the announcement Monday, saying it wanted its design center for memory chips to be near Georgia Tech and other Atlanta-area...

Lawmaker: 4 Atlantic City casinos may close without tax aid

Dec. 06, 2021 16:45 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four of Atlantic City's nine casinos are in danger of closing if the state does not pass a bill giving tax breaks to the casinos, New Jersey’s outgoing state Senate president said Monday. Democrat Steve Sweeney's claim at a Senate budget committee hearing...

Maine city inaugurates first Muslim mayor

Dec. 06, 2021 16:11 PM EST

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine official who is believed to be the first Muslim elected to the South Portland City Council is now the city's mayor. Deqa Dhalac was scheduled to become mayor of the state's fourth-largest city on Monday. Voters elected Dhalac to the council in...

NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers

Dec. 06, 2021 16:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — From big Wall Street banks to corner grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the mayor announced Monday in the most sweeping vaccine mandate of any state or big city in the U.S. ...

Wolcott settles housing lawsuit over group home denial

Dec. 06, 2021 15:49 PM EST

WOLCOTT, Conn. (AP) — The town of Wolcott said Monday it has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed after it failed to allow a group home for mentally disabled adults to open in a residential neighborhood. The U.S. Justice Department said the settlement would allow SELF Inc. to...

Israel stops plan for contentious east Jerusalem settlement

Dec. 06, 2021 14:58 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem municipal officials on Monday froze plans to build a contentious large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem. The decision to halt the Atarot settlement plan came in the wake of heavy U.S. opposition to the project. ...