City Politics

US couple win damages from Florida mayor threatening to seize home painted in style of van Gogh

A Florida mayor apologised Wednesday to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home's exterior painted to emulate Vincent van Gogh's <i>The Starry Night</i>.<p>The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep …

Florida

“Stop fingering me, bro”: black man sues DC cop for invasive search

A 39-year-old black resident of Washington D.C. is suing a Metropolitan Police officer for subjecting him to an intrusive anal probe as part of routine stop-and-frisk activity.<p>M.B. Cottingham, a father of three who has worked as an ice cream vendor for the last nine years, was relaxing with friends …

Stop And Frisk

American Arrested in Vietnam Protests Faces Seven Years in Jail

U.S. citizen William Nguyen will today appear in a Vietnamese court charged with causing public disorder during protests in Ho Chi Minh City, after …

Ho Chi Minh City

A small Japanese city is facing a ninja shortage – even though the salary is $85,000

You may have heard about Japan’s demographic crisis — but the country is facing another, lesser-known crisis as well.<p>Japan does not have enough …

Japan

Chicago officials have an irresponsible idea: give away money to create a universal basic income

Chicago – the city known for high homicide rates, legendary political graft, a patronage system second to none, and Al Capone – can now be recognized for a bold proposal for centralized planning: universal basic income.<p>Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and 36 of the 50 city aldermen want to launch a …

Opinion

Ferguson brands FOP leak of consent degree 'troubling' and 'complicating'

Inspector General Joe Ferguson on Thursday branded as “troubling” and “complicating” the leak of a draft consent decree outlining terms for federal …

Chicago

De Blasio’s Dystopia

This is what a socialist New York looks like<p>One needs to walk only a block or two in any direction in America’s largest metropolis to witness the …

Bill de Blasio

Redlands Corporal Honored After Rescuing Toddler, Newborn Locked in Car That Reached 138-Degrees; Mom Arrested: PD

A mother has been arrested after she allegedly left her children in a locked car on a scorching hot day in Redlands recently, and the police corporal …

San Bernardino County

Couple wins fight over 'Starry Night' house

A Florida couple won a battle against their local city council after being fined thousands of dollars because of the colorful design on their home.

Cities

City Council passes Airbnb bill that will regulate NYC host activity

The proposed law has already prompted a lawsuit<p>On Wednesday, City Council voted unanimously to advance a bill that intends to restrict short-term rental services like Airbnb by requiring New York City hosts to register information with the city’s Office of Special Enforcement, reports the <i>New York</i> …

Cities

30 Found Color Photos That Capture Everyday Life of California in the Late 1940s

A found slide collection from Forgotten Slideshow Project that shows street scenes of California from the late 1940s. Cities include Los Angeles, San …

California

City Shuts Down Uptown Nightclub Whose Owner Tried to Bribe De Blasio

The city temporarily closed La Marina following a multi-agency raid<p>Uptown hot spot <b>La Marina</b> temporarily closed last week following a multi-agency city raid. Violations included 74 docked points from the Department of Health, underage drinking and noise complaints through the NYPD, and 64 liquor-law …

New York City

Bugged by vermin at home, Texas woman dresses up as cockroach for City Council meeting

Patricia Polastri has become a bit of a pest — and now has even dressed the part.<p>First, she tried to put a bug in the Corpus Christi City Council's …

Cities

Indian Truck Driver, 27, Shot Dead At Home In Canada

Two men from Mississauga - one of 18 years and another of 19 years - surrendered and were charged with first-degree murder, police said.<p><b>Toronto:</b><p>A …

Crime

Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings are dropping. This is why.

By rights, Vladimir Putin should be having the time of his life.<p>He recently won a resounding reelection to yet another six-year term, a victory that was apparently genuine enough. He’s hosted a massively successful FIFA World Cup. And he’s reduced the U.S. president to a heaving heap of …

Russia

Home comforts greet 'Wild Boars' captain after Thai cave rescue

MAE SAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone.<p>Duangpet Promtep and his mother Thanaporn Promthep smile during an interview at their home, in Mae Sai, the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July …

Chiang Rai

Religious adoption agency can't exclude gay parents, judge rules

A federal judge on Friday ruled against a religious organization that refused to place foster children with gay families on religious grounds.<p>Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require the foster and …

LGBTQI

California Supreme Court Squashes Bid To Split State Into Three

California will be staying in one piece, at least for now, after the state's supreme court ruled that a proposal to divide California into three cannot be placed on the ballot in November.<p>Tim Draper, a wealthy venture capitalist, has spent years arguing that the Golden State would be better off as …

Voting

If Made in America Isn’t on the ‘Rocky’ Steps, It’s Not Happening in Philadelphia, Jay-Z Rep Says

The controversy between Jay-Z’s Made in America festival and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s office stepped up another notch Thursday: Desiree Perez, …

Roc Nation

This Huge, Sexy Jeff Goldblum Statue Is Exactly What the World Needs – Adweek

World, meet Jurassic Jeff, a 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum—in full, chest-exposed glory from his role in 1993’s Jurassic Park—currently lounging …

Jurassic Park

Restaurant owned by de Blasio donor faces closure over liquor law violations

A politically connected Manhattan restaurateur learned the hard way how little clout he really has — when an NYPD raid uncovered dozens of potential …

Bill de Blasio

Eric Garner’s Widow Moves Into Her Dream Home … Without Her Husband or Daughter

Esaw Snipes, the widow of NYPD choking victim, Eric Garner, whose last words repeated the refrain, “I can’t breathe,” recently moved into a dream …

Eric Garner

The eight most common mistakes householders make with recycling

Ever since China slapped a ban on many categories of foreign waste, it's become more important than ever for Australians to adopt good recycling …

Sustainability

Council speaker keeping distance from Union Square tech hub fight

Johnson says he's not involved in negotiations between councilwoman and mayor<p>This speaker says he is keeping quiet on controversial plans to develop …

Bill de Blasio

Court ponders whether Entergy's paid actors led City Council to break opening meetings law | NOLA.com

An Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge will rule next week on a lawsuit opponents of Entergy New Orleans' contentious gas plant have filed, …

Cities

Jamie Rhee confirmed — and embraced — as $275,000-a-year aviation commissioner

It was supposed to be — and was — a City Council confirmation hearing for Chicago’s newly-appointed aviation commissioner.<p>But when it was over, Jamie …

Chicago

No more free camping at Whitehorse Walmart

RVs and campers are soon going to have to find a new place to park overnight in Whitehorse, besides the Walmart parking lot.<p>Anika Malik, director of …

RVs

Caitlyn Jenner hits the ESPYs with rumored live-in girlfriend, 21-year-old Sophia Hutchins

Wednesday night's ESPYs were a glamorous night out for Caitlyn Jenner and her rumored girlfriend, Sophia Hutchins.<p>Despite a 47-year age difference, Jenner, 68, and Hutchins, 21, looked perfectly content as they sat side-by-side in color-coordinated outfits during the ceremony. Both wore royal blue, …

City Halls

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Plans Chinese System

The startup has permission to build a track in China's Guizhou Province.<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies<p>Stephen EdelsteinView Stephen …

High-speed Rail

Aldermen next week could approve closing Chicago Avenue underpass overnight

Another downtown alderman Thursday moved closer to restricting overnight access to and from the lakefront, as a City Council committee gave preliminary approval to close the Chicago Avenue underpass.<p>Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd, said there has been recurrent late-night underage drinking, drug use and …

Chicago