- Philly businesses wary, excited by prospect of papal crowds Updated: Sep-04-15 1:16 am
PHILADELPHIA - Business owners in Philadelphia could enjoy a financial windfall from the crowds expected for the papal visit - if their employees can get to work through the security perimeters and road closures.
- Afroman fined, ordered to get counseling for punching fan Updated: Sep-03-15 10:35 pm
BILOXI, Mississippi - Rap artist Afroman was given a suspended six-month jail sentence Thursday, fined $330 and ordered to undergo anger management and impulse behavior counseling for punching a woman who jumped on a stage during a concert earlier this year.
- Mayor gives 'word' at rally touting stadium progress Updated: Sep-03-15 9:35 pm
ST. LOUIS - Mayor Francis Slay attended a rally touting progress of a task force to develop a new stadium on the downtown riverfront, giving fans his "word" there would be a new stadium and the Rams would be playing in it.
- Mayor announces plans to bring cruise line back to port city Updated: Sep-03-15 8:38 pm
MOBILE, Alabama - A mayor is negotiating to bring the cruise industry back to Alabama's port city.
- Ominous Christmas card, burning device left for Carson judge Updated: Sep-03-15 8:30 pm
CARSON CITY, Nevada - Carson City deputies are offering a $2,000 reward for information about who placed an incendiary device near a judge's home this spring.
- Humboldt judge reprimanded for slow work, false pay reports Updated: Sep-03-15 8:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A Humboldt County Superior Court judge was reprimanded Thursday for failing to issue timely decisions in 20 cases and submitting false affidavits that claimed he was up to speed with his work.
- Chicago mayor says he'll propose $500 million tax hike Updated: Sep-03-15 8:13 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm concedes homeowners and their City Council representatives will find it difficult to accept a $500 million property tax increase. But he says he'll soften the blow with "fair and progressive" relief for seniors and working families.
- Chicago officials to reopen high school after fiery protests Updated: Sep-03-15 7:08 pm
CHICAGO - Chicago officials announced plans Thursday to open a new arts-focused school in a neighborhood school once slated for closure, but protesters who have disrupted budget meetings vowed to continue a hunger strike over perceived racial disparities and other issues in the city's education system.
- Camden could have a minor-league baseball reshuffle Updated: Sep-03-15 6:58 pm
The future of the minor-league baseball team that has occupied a stadium with a view of Philadelphia's skyline is unclear.
- Supporters withdraw push for marijuana ballot measure Updated: Sep-03-15 6:34 pm
DENVER - Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to allow marijuana use in some Denver clubs, bars and hotels withdrew the measure Thursday while they negotiate with city officials amid concerns the measure could hurt Denver's reputation.
- Guadalupe mayor to pay restitution in food stamp fraud case Updated: Sep-03-15 5:40 pm
PHOENIX - The mayor of the small Arizona town of Guadalupe has been ordered to pay nearly $5,500 in restitution in a food stamp fraud case.
- Milwaukee County exec Abele says he won't run for governor Updated: Sep-03-15 5:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says he "definitely" will not be running for governor in 2018.
- Judge: Arkansas city can vote on anti-discrimination measure Updated: Sep-03-15 5:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A northwest Arkansas city can vote on an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a judge ruled Thursday, rejecting a bid to block the election by opponents who say the measure violates state law.
- Residents of Hill Country town upset about wind farm plan Updated: Sep-03-15 4:29 pm
MASON, Texas - They first started appearing in West Texas, where the wind howls through oil rigs. Then it was the Panhandle, and small towns along I-20, like Sweetwater, where cattle farms have given way to giant, white spinning blades.
- Houston City Council moves bayou trail plan forward Updated: Sep-03-15 4:06 pm
HOUSTON - Houston's City Council has taken another step toward making 150 miles of hiking and biking trails a reality along the city's nine waterways.
- Pittsburgh offer leaves Chrysler alone in flash-flood suit Updated: Sep-03-15 2:56 pm
PITTSBURGH - The city of Pittsburgh's recent decision to pay $375,000 to settle legal claims brought by families of four people killed in flash flooding leaves Chrysler as the remaining defendant.
- NYC landlords to face new limitations on buying out tenants Updated: Sep-03-15 1:46 pm
NEW YORK - Landlords hoping to pay tenants to move out of the city's 1.3 million rent-regulated apartments will face new limitations on extending offers under measures signed Thursday to rein in a practice that has come under scrutiny in a roaring real-estate market.
- Pope visit this month presents unprecedented security issues Updated: Sep-03-15 12:59 pm
NEW YORK - Those planning security for the New York City leg of the upcoming United States visit of Pope Francis have circled Sept. 25 on their calendars as the perfect storm.
- Richmond Mayor Hutton being treated for cancer Updated: Sep-03-15 12:30 pm
RICHMOND, Indiana - An eastern Indiana mayor says she will continue overseeing her city's operations while she battles cancer.
- Gold fever hits Poland with possible discovery of Nazi train Updated: Sep-03-15 12:28 pm
WALBRZYCH, Poland - The placid woodlands around this medieval castle town have suddenly become the hottest spot in Poland - as treasure hunters descend on the area in search of a mystery Nazi train said to be laden with gold.
- Property tax collections dropping in city of Jackson Updated: Sep-03-15 11:05 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - Experts say the city of Jackson will see a larger than expected decrease in property tax collections.
- Davis extends smoking ban to some public areas Updated: Sep-03-15 9:07 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Smokers won't be able to light up in the city of Davis's downtown plaza and some other public places under an expanded ban.
- The Latest: Canada examines why it rejected Syrian family Updated: Sep-03-15 8:56 am
The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):
- Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president Updated: Sep-03-15 8:35 am
LONDON - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city's newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it's time "to bring the Olympics back home" to the United States after an absence of nearly three decades.
- Honolulu City Council overrides mayor's veto of sit-lie ban Updated: Sep-03-15 8:34 am
HONOLULU - Honolulu is expanding its ban on sitting and lying down in public to more pedestrian malls, despite Mayor Kirk Caldwell's veto.