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In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way. “That will be...

New Orleans picks developer for empty amusement park site

Oct. 16, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans has chosen a developer to revitalize the site of a former amusement park that has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said a group called Bayou Phoenix is the city's choice to develop the former Six...

Second body recovered after vehicle swept from Texas bridge

Oct. 16, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

ST. HEDWIG, Texas (AP) — The body of a 52-year-old woman who drowned when the vehicle she was driving was swept from a bridge near San Antonio has been recovered. The body was recovered from the vehicle in up to 10 feet of water Friday afternoon in the town of St....

'God have mercy': Tigray residents describe life under siege

Oct. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As food and the means to buy it dwindled in a city under siege, the young mother felt she could do no more. She killed herself, unable to feed her children. In a Catholic church across town, flour and oil to make communion wafers will soon run out....

Leavenworth man pleads guilty in death of pedestrian

Oct. 16, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Leavenworth man who was speeding on a stolen motorcycle when he struck a pedestrian has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Justen Michael McCarter, 37, also pleaded guilty Friday to possession of stolen property, County Attorney Todd...

Police: Driver fatally shot in apparent road rage incident

Oct. 16, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police say road rage apparently triggered a fatal shooting discovered when officers responded to a crash. A car's driver was pronounced dead Friday night at a hospital where he was taken when officers discovered he had gunshot...

New mural in Houma is a sign of post-Ida unity, resiliency

Oct. 16, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Two artists in a Louisiana city recovering from Hurricane Ida have installed a mural to symbolize the unity of local residents after the storm. Amanda Percle-Stevens and her husband Chis Stevens installed the mural Tuesday in downtown Houma, the...

Teens arrested in connection with fatal hit-and-run crash

Oct. 16, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) — Wauwatosa police have arrested four juveniles in connection with a hit-and-run crash that struck and killed a 47-year-old woman who was trying to stop an attempted vehicle theft at a Wauwatosa hotel early Thursday morning. Police said the four...

Worker killed at paper recycling facility in Minneapolis

Oct. 16, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A worker has died at a paper recycling facility in Minneapolis after suffering injuries involving heavy machinery, authorities said. Simon Barrera Merino, 42, of Richfield, was injured about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday at Pioneer Industries International, the...

St. Louis County officer found not guilty in death of girl

Oct. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis County officer has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by his patrol car in 2019. Officer Preston Marquart was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Akeelah...