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Forensic and other police experts examine the site of a fire in an Escape Room, in Koszalin, northern Poland, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Investigators in Poland on Saturday blamed a gas leak in a heating system at an "Escape Room" for a fire that killed five teenage girls and injured a man. (AP Photo)
January 05, 2019 - 12:35 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A faulty heating system appeared to have caused a fire at a house in northern Poland where five teenage girls died while locked inside a recreational escape room that was installed in the rented dwelling, investigators said Saturday. Firefighters in the city of Koszalin found...
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January 05, 2019 - 11:42 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says. The group on Thursday decried...
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Alderman Ed Burke, 75, walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse following his release after turning himself in, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Chicago. Burke, one of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago, is charged with one count of attempted extortion in trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)
January 04, 2019 - 3:40 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal corruption case against a powerful City Council member has rocked the crowded race for Chicago mayor, as some hopefuls sought Friday to distance themselves from Alderman Ed Burke while others painted their rivals as part of the city's notorious machine politics he embodied...
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January 04, 2019 - 9:50 am
CAIRO (AP) — Police on Friday used tear gas to disperse anti-government demonstrations across Sudan's capital, where two weeks of street protests there and elsewhere in the country are keeping pressure on autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after nearly 30 years in power. The protests...
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January 04, 2019 - 5:20 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president has refused a request from the justice minister to dismiss the county's top prosecutor, who has clashed with the government over its commitment to fight corruption. President Klaus Iohannis on Friday said he wouldn't fire Prosecutor General Augustin...
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Alderman Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in Chicago. Burke, one of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago, is charged with one count of attempted extortion in trying to shake down a fast-food restaurant seeking city remodeling permits, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 4:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of...
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People walk through a new pedestrian bridge during the Moscone Center expansion opening Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Francisco. Completion of the $550 million expansion was celebrated by city officials, tourism industry leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. Mayor London Breed said that the downtown structure will better meet the needs of tourism even as the city struggles with homelessness. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
January 03, 2019 - 1:27 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mayor London Breed says a $550 million expansion of San Francisco's convention center will better meet the needs of tourism as the city battles entrenched problems of homelessness and drug addiction. Breed and other civic leaders toasted on Thursday the expansion of Moscone...
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January 01, 2019 - 3:41 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali's government said that armed men attacked a central village, killing 37 civilians, in what appeared to be ethnic violence. State television broadcast a government announcement that men dressed as Dozo hunters attacked Kouloghon village early Tuesday. The Fulani Association...
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January 01, 2019 - 9:51 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The mayor of Moscow has fired the director of the city's renowned Gorky Park after 13 people were injured when a wooden pedestrian bridge packed with New Year's celebrants collapsed. Video on Russian television showed a section of the bridge collapsing early Tuesday as the national...
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Congolese election commission officials seal the results of Sunday's elections in the St. Raphael school in the Limete district of Kinshasa, Monday Dec. 31, 2018. Forty million voters were registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 31, 2018 - 10:35 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As votes were counted Monday in Congo's long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of balloting plagued by...
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