- Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved Updated: Sep-02-15 6:00 pm
BOSTON - The Boston City Council has approved a ban on chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco products at city sports venues like historic Fenway Park.
- Diversion group looks at new funding plan for flood channel Updated: Sep-02-15 5:38 pm
FARGO, North Dakota - Supporters of a Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, metropolitan area said Wednesday that a new funding formula would save taxpayers money and help move up construction of the project.
- Taming Las Vegas street performances tabled until Sept. 16 Updated: Sep-02-15 5:18 pm
LAS VEGAS - Dozens of impersonators, balloon artists, musicians and sometimes scantily-clad street performers say they still have concerns about a Las Vegas effort to tame the often rowdy gauntlet of downtown entertainers turning off some tourists.
- City of Peoria, creator of Twitter parody settle lawsuit Updated: Sep-02-15 5:09 pm
PEORIA, Illinois - The city of Peoria will pay $125,000 to a man whose home was raided after he created a Twitter account to parody the mayor.
- Obama visit to Arctic spotlights tough life in Alaska Updated: Sep-02-15 4:43 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - With a historic visit to the Alaska Arctic, President Barack Obama was shining a spotlight Wednesday on the plight of residents in rural Alaska, where Alaska Natives and others toil under rough-and-tumble conditions that most Americans would be hard-pressed to imagine.
- The Latest: 6 Baltimore officers to be tried separately Updated: Sep-02-15 4:40 pm
BALTIMORE - The latest on the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers who are charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury in custody (all times local):
- Masked men kidnap 18 Turkish workers in Iraqi capital Updated: Sep-02-15 3:50 pm
BAGHDAD - Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish citizens in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away in a brazen operation that laid bare serious security gaps in the heavily defended city.
- Business candidate shakes up U. Iowa presidential search Updated: Sep-02-15 3:35 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa's governing board is considering a corporate executive with little higher education experience as the next school president, a choice that would outrage professors but please the state's Republican and business leadership.
- Fells Point bar owner files to run for Baltimore mayor Updated: Sep-02-15 3:11 pm
BALTIMORE - A bar owner and local business advocate is running for mayor of Baltimore.
- Gov. Pence's hometown passes sexual orientation protections Updated: Sep-02-15 2:05 pm
COLUMBUS, Indiana - The city council of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's hometown has given unanimous preliminary approval to adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the city's anti-discrimination ordinances.
- Thomas Bach gets what he wants: A US bid for 2024 Olympics Updated: Sep-02-15 2:03 pm
LONDON - When Boston's troubled bid for the 2024 Olympics collapsed in late July, IOC President Thomas Bach made it pointedly clear he was counting on the U.S. to come up with another candidate.
- Warren mayor freezes used car lot license considerations Updated: Sep-02-15 1:07 pm
WARREN, Michigan - Mayor James Fouts thinks there are too many secondhand vehicle businesses in Warren and worries that the Detroit suburb may one day be called "Used Car Lot City."
- NYC council speaker endorses Hillary Clinton for president Updated: Sep-02-15 12:16 pm
NEW YORK - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.
- Gautier keeps Miss. flag, but council supports redesign Updated: Sep-02-15 10:43 am
GAUTIER, Mississippi - The Gautier City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the flying the Mississippi flag, but also to support a call by the state House speaker to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the banner.
- Lincoln City council files ethics complaint against mayor Updated: Sep-02-15 10:42 am
SALEM, Oregon - An ethics complaint filed against Lincoln City Mayor Donald Williams accuses him of advocating the repeal of a rule that hurt him financially.
- Officials may revisit ban on new bars in downtown Lafayette Updated: Sep-02-15 10:13 am
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Lafayette city-parish officials may soon revisit a 12-year-old ban on new bars in downtown Lafayette. The move would open the door for allowing new venues under certain circumstances.
- Manchester teachers get contract after second veto by mayor Updated: Sep-02-15 7:59 am
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire - Teachers in New Hampshire's largest city have started school, one day after the city approved a new contract over the objection of Mayor Ted Gatsas.
- Voters to decide whether to raise Thibodaux sales tax Updated: Sep-02-15 7:56 am
THIBODAUX, Louisiana - A half-cent sales tax increase will go before Thibodaux voters next spring, bringing sales tax within city limits to 8.95 cents on the dollar if approved.
- Los Angeles back from dead as US candidate for 2024 Olympics Updated: Sep-02-15 7:47 am
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles is the official U.S. nominee for the 2024 Olympic games - a dramatic turnaround for a city that just two months ago was considered out of the running.
- Seward to move forward with renewable energy heating project Updated: Sep-02-15 7:29 am
SEWARD, Alaska - The Kenai Peninsula city of Seward has voted to move away from heating oil and create a renewable energy heating district.
- Longtime Jefferson judge won't seek re-election in 2016 Updated: Sep-02-15 7:11 am
CHARLES TOWN, West Virginia - Longtime Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David H. Sanders says he won't seek re-election in 2016.
- Elkhart earmarks $150K to cut down 200 trees, most diseased Updated: Sep-02-15 3:52 am
ELKHART, Indiana - The Elkhart City Council has approved spending $150,000 to cut down 200 trees on city right of way.
- Guatemalan president's immunity lifted in corruption scandal Updated: Sep-01-15 10:04 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Congress lifted President Otto Perez Molina's immunity of office on Tuesday, opening him up to possible prosecution in a widening customs corruption scandal that has rocked his administration and the country's political system.
- FBI raids Palm Springs City Hall in corruption probe Updated: Sep-01-15 9:52 pm
PALM SPRINGS, California - The FBI and local agents raided Palm Springs City Hall and went to the mayor's home on Tuesday as part of a corruption probe, authorities said.
- Arkansas AG: Local LGBT protections barred by state law Updated: Sep-01-15 7:43 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Five local measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be enforced because of a new Arkansas law barring such protections, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote in a nonbinding opinion Tuesday.