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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020 file photo, the League's leader Matteo Salvini poses as he visits a museum devoted to fictional communist mayor, Peppone, the leftist foil to the town’s priest Don Camillo in beloved comic stories and films about the fraught political healing process in postwar Italy, during an electoral rally, in Brescello, central Italy. (Stefano Cavicchi/LaPresse via AP)

Matteo Salvini seeks power in Rome through regional victory

Jan. 24, 2020 8:53 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Matteo Salvini is betting that the road to Rome runs through Emilia-Romagna. The right-wing populist leader is campaigning hard for his League to take control of the wealthy northern region that has been a left-wing stronghold since World War II. While winning Emilia-Romagna would be heavy on...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Chinese paramilitary police stand guard outside the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party's extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

Jan. 24, 2020 8:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and experience fighting the 2002-03 outbreak of SARS. ...

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, image from China's CCTV video, a patient is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance by medical workers in protective suits in Wuhan, China. China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with a new virus that sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities home to millions of people during the country's most important holiday. (CCTV via AP)

China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

Jan. 24, 2020 8:48 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Friday that it is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday. On the eve of the Lunar New Year,...

Ohio judge apologizes for writing homophobic letters in '90s

Jan. 24, 2020 8:48 AM EST

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) — A judge in northwest Ohio deeply apologized Thursday for a pair of homophobic letters-to-the-editor he wrote to his college newspaper in the 1990s. Maumee Municipal Court Judge Dan Hazard issued the apology to The Blade, of Toledo, after the newspaper discovered the letters, which are...

Danish court confirms nationwide ban on criminal gang

Jan. 24, 2020 7:29 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court upheld a nationwide ban on a criminal gang issued by police, saying Friday that the Loyal to Familia group should by dissolved as illegal under Denmark’s Constitution. The Copenhagen City Court said the gang, known by its acronym LTF, had been behind gang...

A man rides his bicycle past the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Overnight, Wuhan authorities announced that the airport and train stations would be closed, and all public transportation suspended by 10 a.m. Friday. Unless they had a special reason, the government said, residents should not leave Wuhan, the sprawling central Chinese city of 11 million that's the epicenter of an epidemic that has infected nearly 600 people. (Chinatopix via AP)

Those trapped in China virus lockdown expect lonely holiday

Jan. 23, 2020 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Bai Xue had planned a road trip through China's lush eastern coast to ring in the Lunar New Year, usually a time of lively family reunions and abundant feasts. Then came a new virus, a rapidly developing outbreak, and the shutdown of her city. After Wuhan authorities announced the city would...

Officers attend to one of several shooting victims, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Seattle, after a gunman opened fire in the heavily trafficked downtown area. (David Silver via AP)

Mayor, police pledge action after deadly Seattle shooting

Jan. 23, 2020 9:51 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A shootout in downtown Seattle that left a woman dead and a 9-year-old boy injured was the third violent incident this week in a part of the city long known for rampant drug use and street unrest. Business groups implored officials to improve public safety. And while crime rates in Seattle...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, walks off stage after speaking at the ​U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Buttigieg seeks validation from gathering of mayoral peers

Jan. 23, 2020 6:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Pete Buttigieg, an appearance before a gathering of the nation's mayors Thursday was a home game. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was cheered by his former peers as he sought to generate goodwill and electoral support for his Democratic presidential bid. “I join you...

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Mayor: Mummers Parade 'in jeopardy' for repeated blackface

Jan. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including blackface. The mayor sent a letter to the organizers of the four Mummers divisions and requested they meet with...

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New York City Council votes to ban cashless businesses

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. “This practice punishes the...