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  • Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on …


  • Public nudity ban eyed in fed-up San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on …


  • West Texas town begins recovery after train crash

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Two days after a train suddenly plowed into a parade float, killing four war veterans, the city of Midland, investigators and the victims’ families began what …


  • Obama views Sandy recovery in tour of NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to stick with New Yorkers still struggling 17 days after Superstorm Sandy “until the rebuilding is complete” after getting an up-close …


  • Obama views Sandy recovery in aerial tour of NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama got his first look Thursday at the devastation that Superstorm Sandy waged on New York City, with a helicopter tour above flood-ravaged and …


  • Detroit mayor: Vacant housing project coming down

    DETROIT (AP) — A notorious, vacant and crime-ridden housing project that has overshadowed downtown Detroit for decades, a symbol of the city’s decline, is slated to be pulled down early …


  • Seattle police produce a user’s guide to pot

    SEATTLE (AP) — When Washington state voters overwhelmingly legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Nov. 6, Seattle police knew they’d be getting a lot of questions. And while many …


  • Ex-comptroller pleads guilty in $53 million scam

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A longtime bookkeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to allegations she embezzled more than $50 million from a small city in Illinois to fund a lavish lifestyle that …


  • Will Chicago act on verdict in cop beating trial?

    CHICAGO (AP) — Will the city act? That’s the question many Chicagoans will be asking Wednesday — a day after the dramatic conclusion of a civil trial that stemmed from …


  • After verdict, fallout from police beating trial

    CHICAGO (AP) — Will the city act? That’s the question many Chicagoans will be asking Wednesday — a day after the dramatic conclusion of a civil trial that stemmed from …


  • As days without power drag on, frustration simmers

    NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers railed Sunday against a utility that has lagged behind others in restoring power two weeks after the superstorm that socked the region, criticizing its …


  • Delays in power restoration after storm anger some

    NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers railed Sunday against a utility that has lagged behind others in restoring power two weeks after the superstorm that socked the region, criticizing its …


  • High court to take fresh look at voting rights law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government’s most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a …


  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider eliminating the government’s most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three days after a …


  • Drivers grapple with NYC gas rationing after Sandy

    NEW YORK (AP) — A return to 1970s-era gas rationing seemed to help with hourslong gas station lines that formed after Superstorm Sandy, but it didn’t end a fuel-gauge fixation …


  • Gas rationing, shortage fray nerves in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy forced 1970s-era rationing on New Yorkers Friday, adding a fuel-gauge obsession to their frayed nerves and dwindling patience. “I …


  • Gas rationing, shortage frays nerves in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gasoline shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy forced 1970s-era rationing on New Yorkers Friday, adding a fuel-gauge obsession to their frayed nerves and dwindling patience. “I …


  • Questions and answers on the gasoline crisis

    NEW YORK (AP) — Many drivers in New York and New Jersey are still struggling to find gasoline nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy battered the region’s energy infrastructure. To …


  • High court to take new look at voting rights law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will consider eliminating the government’s most potent weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s. The court acted three …


  • Calif. city plans to provide transgender surgeries

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is preparing to become the first U.S. city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender residents. The city’s …


  • NYC, Long Island go to even-odd gas sale plan

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fuel shortages and distribution delays that led to gasoline hoarding have prompted New York City and Long Island to put into place an even-odd gas rationing …


  • Sandy-torn northeast deals with more wind, water

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nor’easter, as promised, brought gusting winds, rain, snow and the threat of flooding. It menaced travelers with icy roads, snarled the Long Island Rail Road …


  • Sandy-battered NYC, NJ prepare for new storm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy waited with dread Wednesday and heard warnings to evacuate for the second …


  • In states hit by Sandy, voters find ways to polls

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters drove Bob Mackie from his home on Long Beach Island, N.J., but nothing was going to stop him from voting Tuesday. The …


  • Voters in NY, NJ not deterred by storm’s effects

    POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — Election Day turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, a welcome change from crisis to catharsis for many …


  • NY, NJ officials help displaced residents vote

    NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York and New Jersey were set to drive some displaced voters to their polling sites and direct others to cast ballots elsewhere as …


  • NH residents cast first Election Day votes

    DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election Day votes in the nation. After …


  • Mayor: Police helicopter refurbished before crash

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta police helicopter that crashed and killed two officers on board had been completely refurbished within the last decade, and its pilot and maintenance crew were …


  • 20 cities make cut in NYC mayor’s $9M contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a big-city mayor’s bid to spur colleagues to think boldly around the country, 20 cities from Chicago to Springfield, Ore., are finalists in a $9 …


  • Cold weather and new storm add to victims’ misery

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shivering victims of Superstorm Sandy went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region — and …