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  • 14 candidates vie to become Chicago’s next mayor

    CHICAGO (AP) — The race to succeed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attracted a diverse group of candidates, including businesspeople, a former federal prosecutor, an ex-police superintendent, veteran politicians and community activists. The election will take place Feb. 26. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will […]
  • Reform, once avoided, now embraced in Chicago mayor’s race

    CHICAGO (AP) — Reform is not a concept usually embraced by Chicago politicians known for their patronage, but after corruption charges were filed against a powerful alderman and a court got involved in overseeing the city’s troubled police department, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. Those looking […]
  • The Latest: CEO: Gunman passed background check when hired

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): 5 p.m. The chief executive of the company that owns the warehouse where an employee gunned down five co-workers says a background check on him when he joined Henry Pratt Co.15 years ago did not turn […]
  • CEO ousted amid probe into disabled woman’s pregnancy

    ROCKLEDGE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida facility for people with disabilities has suspended its CEO amid an investigation into a resident’s pregnancy. A caregiver at the Rockledge facility has been accused of impregnating the woman, who gave birth in 2015. Florida Today reports the board of directors of the Bridges Foundation voted unanimously to suspend […]
  • Federal judge ends protections for Miami’s homeless

    MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has abolished a consent decree that prevented Miami police from arresting homeless people for loitering, sleeping on sidewalks, or urinating in public. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno on Friday issued an opinion dissolving the Pottinger Agreement that established protections for Miami’s homeless population from police harassment. The Miami Herald […]
  • Warren returns to Nevada, heart of 2008 economic crisis

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who made her name as a consumer advocate following the 2008 financial crisis, will make her first appearance Sunday as a presidential candidate in Las Vegas, the boom-and-bust town that made Nevada the epicenter of the country’s foreclosure crisis. The Massachusetts senator is trying to distinguish herself from […]
  • Russian court orders US investor Calvey held for 2 months

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges. Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained Friday morning along with two other fund managers. Prosecutors say Calvey is suspected of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37 […]
  • Storm-lashed South Carolina reassesses global warming’s role

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where rivers overflowing their banks have caused two massive floods in three […]
  • Hearing into unresolved US House race could find winner

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Evidence collected over months and being unveiled Monday could reveal whether the nation’s last undecided congressional election was either tainted by so much ballot-tampering that a winner cannot be declared – or that that the actual winner was unfairly denied the seat. North Carolina’s state elections board — reassembled last month […]
  • Judge: Mississippi suit to cover all who lost voting rights

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says a handful of former Mississippi convicts who are suing to have their voting rights restored can represent everyone who falls into that category. The ruling this week by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan certifying the lawsuit as a class action raises the stakes considerably. A victory by […]