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Competition launched to redesign LA's Pershing Square

Associated Press

Los Angeles is launching an international competition to redesign Pershing Square, the city's oldest park and a downtown landmark that's been largely ignored since its last upgrade two decades ago.

French Quarter agency backs removal of White League monument

- Associated Press

A French Quarter commission has voted to remove a 124-year-old obelisk monument dedicated to the White League's brief, and bloody, overthrow of a biracial Reconstruction government after the Civil War.

In this Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 photo, Illinois Veterans Home resident Godfrey Rezba, left, visits with family members out front of Elmore Infirmary in Quincy, Ill. The death toll from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the western Illinois veterans home climbed to seven Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, with the state's public health director suggesting more fatalities are likely. Officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Public Health said that each of the victims at the 129-year-old facility had underlying medical conditions, with an average age of 86. (Michael Kipley/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)

Legionnaires' disease cases rise at Illinois veterans home

- Associated Press

The death toll from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home has climbed to seven, and the state's public health director has warned that more fatalities could occur.

Christie challenges Obama's emissions regulation

Associated Press

Gov. Chris Christie says President Barack Obama's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement the regulation.

After chaotic year, New Jersey superintendent praised

- Associated Press

A year after a schools opening marked by protest and boycott, critics of the policies of the new superintendent in New Jersey's largest city said they're willing to give him a chance.

FILE - In this March 2, 2015 file photo, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference in Baltimore.  Senate Democrats have rallied the 34 votes they need to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in Congress, handing President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory.   Mikulski became the crucial 34th vote Wednesday morning, declaring the agreement is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.  (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Obama seals Iran deal win as Senate Democrats find 34 votes

- Associated Press

Overcoming ferocious opposition, President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining foreign policy victory Wednesday as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to ensure the Iran nuclear agreement survives in Congress.