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Detroit-area councilman wants to save obsolete water tower

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — It's rusty and no longer needed, but a 165-foot water tower still has fans in a Detroit suburb. St. Clair Shores City Council member David Rubello wants to save the tower, which stands at the city's golf course, The Macomb Daily reported. The tower was built ...

In mourning yet again, NYC prepares to honor fallen officer

NEW YORK (AP) — A city reeling from a recent spate of violence prepared to lay to rest a rookie police officer being hailed as an inspiration to his immigrant community, as investigators sought to make sense of a domestic dispute that left another officer "fighting for his life." Funeral ...

4 killed, 1 hurt in ‘ambush’ shooting at house party near LA

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed and one was wounded when multiple shooters opened fire at a house party near Los Angeles early Sunday, authorities said. Police responded around 1:30 a.m. to reports of shots fired at a home in the city of Inglewood, Mayor James Butts told ...

Cruise ship changes course after US judge orders seizure

MIAMI (AP) — A cruise ship that was supposed to dock in Miami has instead sailed to the Bahamas, after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over $4 million in unpaid fuel. Cruise trackers show Crystal Symphony currently docked in the Bahamian island of ...

Trial to begin for cops accused of violating Floyd’s rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights as Derek Chauvin pinned the Black man's neck to the street is expected to begin Monday with opening statements, after a jury of 18 people was swiftly picked ...

PG&E’s criminal probation to end amid ongoing safety worries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation, despite worries that nation's largest utility remains too dangerous to trust after years of devastation from wildfires ignited by its outdated equipment and neglectful management. The ...

Democrats make surprising inroads in redistricting fight

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats braced for disaster when state legislatures began redrawing congressional maps, fearing that Republican dominance of statehouses would tilt power away from them for the next decade. But as the redistricting process reaches its final stages, that anxiety is beginning ...

New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. The wave of infections brought on by the omicron variant and a shortage ...

Oxford High School reopening nearly 2 months after shooting

OXFORD, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan high school where four students were fatally shot in late November will reopen Monday for the first time since the attack. Oxford High School students have been attending classes at other buildings since Jan. 10. Four students were killed and six students ...

US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion. The department told the dependents of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv that they must leave the ...

Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual anti-abortion rally in the nation's capital sounded more like a victory celebration as speakers expressed a growing sense of optimism that their long-sought goal, a sweeping rollback of abortion rights in America, was finally in reach. Thousands of protesters ...

Virginia’s Patawomeck tribe seeks federal recognition

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ancestors of a local Native American tribe hope Congress will help them achieve federal recognition. "Our native ancestors were the first people here," Patawomeck Chief Charles "Bootsie" Bullock said. "It's time to be recognized, just as the other ones are ...

High truck towing costs in Wyoming prompt calls for reform

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Slick, snowy highways are a well-known concern to anyone driving through Wyoming during winter. But for some, the worst part of sliding off the interstate or having your semitrailer blow over from the Cowboy State's famous winds is dealing with the aftermath. Reports of ...

Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature will enjoy a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Jan. 31, a strong financial position but one that is bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on plenty of needs or return it to taxpayers. The main job for ...

Ohio partisan divide again thwarts 10-year legislative maps

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission failed for a second time on Saturday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass 10-year maps of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. Despite being scolded by the state's high court, the seven-member panel ...

New Crystal Waters’ state game area opens in Monroe County

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Fishing and hunting enthusiasts are hailing creation of Monroe County's newest state game area in the north-county region that opened last fall after the Crystal Waters' property was sold to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The 680-acre site in northern ...

Omicron wave leaves US food banks scrambling for volunteers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food banks across the country are experiencing a critical shortage of volunteers as the omicron variant frightens people away from their usual shifts, and companies and schools that regularly supply large groups of volunteers are canceling their participation over virus ...

Stray bullet kills English astrophysicist visiting Atlanta

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — A stray bullet struck and killed an English astrophysicist while he was inside an Atlanta-area apartment, authorities say. Matthew Willson, 31, of Chertsey, Surrey, England, was visiting his girlfriend in the United States when he was hit by a bullet that pierced the ...

With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It didn't take long for abortion to re-emerge as a flashpoint in state legislatures. Less than a month into the 2022 legislative sessions, battles over the future of abortion already are setting up around the U.S. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions ...

‘Whoa, that’s not right’: Georgia towns lead census appeals

When officials in Chester, Georgia, heard that the 2020 census had pegged their small town at 525 people, their jaws dropped. They believed the town was almost triple that size and feared an inaccurate number could force them to make budget cuts. "I said, 'Whoa, that's not right,'" City Clerk ...