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  • Family of migrant girl disputes official story on her death

    The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from U.S. officials who said she had not been given food or water for days. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared […]
  • Man who demolished landmark house ordered to build replica

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by the modernist architect Richard Neutra was ordered this week to rebuild it exactly as it was. The city Planning Commission also ordered Ross Johnston to add a sidewalk plaque telling the entire saga of the house’s origins in the 1930s, […]
  • Thousands of teachers march in Los Angeles as strike looms

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation’s second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. The teachers and their supporters wore red shirts, banged drums and carried signs that read “Stand With LA Teachers!” as they took to the streets demanding […]
  • Guam governor-elect wants cockfighting to remain legal

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Cockfighting is an important Guam tradition that must remain legal, the U.S. territory’s governor-elect said in vowing to work to repeal a likely ban imposed by the U.S. government. While cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, territories have been allowed to set their own rules on the activity, which involves […]
  • New figures show fewer Mormons in Utah’s biggest county

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake County belong to the Mormon church, according to new figures that illustrate how Utah’s largest county is becoming more religiously diverse. Mormons account for 49 percent of the 1.1 million residents in Salt Lake County — the lowest percentage since at least […]
  • Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

    SAO PAULO (AP) — About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage. Although his campaign did not express views against gay marriage, Bolsonaro’s record of homophobic comments has caused alarm. In […]
  • Plan to complete Seattle bike trail halted by judge’s ruling

    SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has blocked Seattle’s plan to complete the last link of a bike trail by ruling the city’s environmental analysis doesn’t fully account for economic impacts of the path. The Seattle Times reports that King County Superior Court Judge Samuel Chung in the ruling Thursday sent the plan back to the […]
  • The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church. The leader of the new autocephalous Ukrainian […]
  • Some complain about sex offender in north Mississippi parade

    SARDIS, Miss. (AP) — Some people in a north Mississippi town are complaining after the local chamber of commerce chose a sex offender as the grand marshal of the town Christmas parade. WMC-TV reports Michael Saripkin presided over the Sardis Christmas parade Tuesday. Saripkin was convicted in Tennessee of sexual battery in 1990 and statutory […]
  • Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

    MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it.” But Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting […]