Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government. Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express their anger with the increasingly embattled administration of President Nicolas Maduro.

Russian marathon runner Mayorova banned for doping

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's track and field federation says veteran marathon runner Albina Mayorova has been banned for four years for doping. The All-Russia Athletics Federation said Monday that the suspension was handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the two-time Olympian tested positive for excess testosterone in a test taken last year. The ban is likely to spell the end of the 39-year-old Mayorova's competitive career.

New Orleans takes down white supremacist monument

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A monument to a deadly white-supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who considered a presidential bid after serving three terms as New York City's mayor, addressed his intensifying focus on climate change in an interview with The Associated Press.

The Latest: French candidate Macron revels at Paris eatery

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local): 12:40 a.m. Emmanuel Macron is celebrating his victory in France's first-round presidential election at a Left Bank eatery frequented by Ernest Hemingway and other artistic dignitaries. The choice to dine in La Rotonde in the Montparnasse neighborhood fits with Macron's literary leanings -- he quotes poets and philosophers in his campaign rallies.

Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates

NEW YORK (AP) -- Neftali Thomas Diaz swears he's done with Rikers Island. After being locked up twice at the notorious New York City jail for stealing a credit card and violating parole, Diaz entered a private jobs program. Once he's back on his feet with a paycheck, Diaz says, "I know I'm not ever going back there -- ever.

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

The Latest: Vegas-area officials say it's no sanctuary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Justice Department warning nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law or risk coveted law enforcement grant money (all times local): 6 p.m. Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada, say they're wrongly included on a list of jurisdictions the Trump administration says refuse to comply with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants.

Providence gives 1st OK to major changes aimed at profiling

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's largest city has given first passage to a sweeping new ordinance that would ban racial profiling by police and establish strict controls on how officers conduct traffic and pedestrian stops. The Providence City Council voted 12-0 in favor of the bill, which some police leaders have warned will tie officers' hands. Three council members were absent from Thursday's vote.

Transgender plaintiffs drop request for appeals court review

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Transgender residents of North Carolina have withdrawn their request for an appeals court to review their ongoing legal battle against the state. The appeal had challenged the requirement that transgender people use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. The motion filed Thursday notes that the provision was taken off the books under a compromise deal last month.

Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

Coin flip decides new president of southern Illinois village

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- A coin flip has decided who will lead a tiny southern Illinois town after an election this month ended in a tie. Tammy O'Daniell-Howell is the new village president of Colp, home to about 250 residents, after the coin toss Thursday. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes says opponent Bryan Riekena let O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails. She picked heads and that's where it landed.

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Venezuela officials say at least 12 people killed overnight

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- At least 12 people were killed overnight during looting and violence in Venezuela's capital amid a spiraling political crisis, authorities said Friday. Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, a working class neighborhood near Caracas' biggest military base where opposition leaders say a group of people were hit with an electrical current while trying to steal a refrigerator from a bakery.

Impact fee repeals pushed back by North Carolina House panel

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Efforts by a House Republican to repeal laws granting certain local North Carolina governments authority to charge fees on new residential construction to help pay for anticipated schools and infrastructure have been partially pushed back. Speaker Pro Tempore Sarah Stevens introduced two measures that passed a committee last week but faced stiff opposition Thursday in the House Finance Committee.

2 Democrats ponder strategy in mayor race in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two Democrats seeking to unseat the incumbent in the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city have agreed that one of them should drop out so the other would have a chance of capturing the party primary in September. State Sen. Joel Ford and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.

The Latest: Champs-Elysees reopening after gun attack

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the shootings of two police officers in Paris (all times local): ___ 6:45 a.m. Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard is reopen and picking up its usual early morning routine Friday after a gunman opened fire on police, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. Municipal workers in white hygiene suits washed down the sidewalk where Thursday night's attack took place.

Coin toss decides winner of small Illinois village election

MARION, Ill. (AP) -- The flip of a coin on Thursday decided the next leader of a tiny town in southern Illinois after an election earlier this month ended in a tie. Williamson County Clerk Amanda Barnes said Bryan Riekena let fellow candidate Tammy O'Daniell-Howell choose heads or tails before the coin toss. She picked heads.