NEW YORK — Kanye West's temporarily sidetracked Yeezus tour will kick off again Nov. 16 in Philadelphia.
A Wednesday news release from his publicist says West has rescheduled dates in his hometown of Chicago, as well as Toronto and Detroit. He will have to cancel shows in Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis and St. Louis due to logistics.
The rapper's tour kicked off in Seattle last month but was derailed after a large LED screen used in the production was damaged in a traffic accident on the way to Vancouver. Twenty-three dates remain to be played, most with Kendrick Lamar as opener. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — New York City's mayor-elect Bill de Blasio seeks to push ahead with an ambitious liberal agenda aimed at easing the economic inequality that he hammered in his "tale of two cities" campaign, which propelled him to a landslide victory that signaled a break with the 12-year era of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Voters were drawn to the contrast that the Democratic de Blasio made with Bloomberg, the outgoing mayor whose policies helped make New York one of the nation's safest and most prosperous big cities but also one that has become increasingly stratified between the very rich and the working class.
On Wednesday, de Blasio met privately with Bloomberg at City Hall.
The mayor-elect said he "feels great." When a swarm of media followed him up the City Hall steps, he marveled: "All this, it's incredible."
De Blasio, the city's public advocate, was trouncing Republican rival Joe Lhota 73 to 24 percent in incomplete, unofficial returns that were on pace to post one of the largest routs in the history of the nation's largest city. He will become the first Democratic mayor of New York City in a generation when he take office Jan. 1.
Bloomberg, who first ran as a Republican and later became an independent, guided the city through the U.S. financial meltdown and the aftermath of 9/11. He is leaving office after three terms.
Though polling shows New Yorkers largely approve of Bloomberg's policies, those same surveys revealed the city was hungry for a change.
"Today you spoke loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city," de Blasio told a rollicking crowd of supporters at the YMCA in his home neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, a far cry from the glitzy Manhattan hotel ballrooms that usually host election night parties.
Lhota, a former deputy mayor, spent much of the campaign slamming de Blasio's "tale of two cities" appeal as class warfare and argued that de Blasio's time in the 1980s with the left-wing Sandinistas in Nicaragua as an aid worker and activist made him a Marxist.
De Blasio, 52, reached out to New Yorkers from the city's four outer boroughs, who he contended were left behind by the often Manhattan-centric Bloomberg administration. He pledged to improve economic, educational and quality-of-life opportunities in minority and working-class neighborhoods.
He decried alleged abuses under the police department's stop-and-frisk policy that allows police to question people deemed suspicious. De Blasio enjoyed a surge when a federal judge ruled that police had unfairly singled out blacks and Hispanics.
A white man married to a black woman, de Blasio also received a boost from a campaign ad featuring their son, a 15-year-old with a big Afro hairstyle.
He will need the capital from his commanding victory to tackle his signature campaign promise: to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers in order to fund universal early education known as pre-kindergarten.
That progressive proposal needs approval from the New York state government, and neither Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who endorsed de Blasio, nor many state lawmakers seem eager to raise taxes as many of them head into a 2014 election year.
He will soon make two key administration posts to further that agenda: a new schools chancellor, and perhaps most pressingly, a new police commissioner. He has not revealed his choice for the top NYPD job but has said he would not retain current Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
De Blasio has pledged to improve community-police relations by reforming stop-and-frisk. Its critics, like de Blasio, believe it unfairly targets minorities while its supporters give it credit for helping drive down crime.
De Blasio comes to office with the backing of most major unions, but they will soon sit at the other end of the negotiating table as the new mayor will be forced to face a major fiscal crisis.
All of the city's municipal unions have expired contracts and many of their leaders are demanding back pay, which could total $7.8 billion, a payout many economists believe would cripple the city's finances. De Blasio has vowed not to negotiate in public but has said retroactive raises could be difficult to produce.
Despite his reputation for idealism, he has also shown a pragmatic side, having worked for both Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cuomo, and was known for closed-door wheeling-and-dealing while serving on the City Council.
Lhota called de Blasio to concede about half an hour after polls Tuesday night.
"It was a good fight and it was a fight worth having," Lhota told a crowd of supporters in a Manhattan hotel. -- (AP)
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and Controller Alan Butkovitz have defeated their Republican challengers in a sign of the power of incumbency and a nearly 7-1 Democratic edge in citywide voter registration.
Williams beat GOP challenger Daniel Alvarez, a former assistant district attorney, while Butkovitz won against Republican Terry Tracy, a retail business manager.
Williams, who was unopposed for the Demoratic nomination, got a second four-year term as the chief prosecutor in Pennsylvania's largest city.
Butkovitz, who won a three-way primary contest, was re-elected to his third term. -- (AP)
LOS ANGELES — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
"He was elated to be out of there," Murray's attorney Valerie Wass said. She said the former physician plans to spend time with his girlfriend and children and to readjust to his life outside jail.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.
Murray's prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized involuntary manslaughter trial.
Wass said Murray did a lot of writing while incarcerated, but she didn't know if he had plans for a book or any other projects that would allow him to earn a living.
The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case. His attorney has argued that the court should not dismiss the appeal because it could alter his overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused.
Despite being jailed, Murray hasn't been entirely silent. Audio recordings of his calls have been posted on celebrity website TMZ and the ex-doctor told the Today show that he cried tears of joy after a civil jury recently determined that the promoters of Jackson's comeback shows did not negligently hire Murray.
He did not, however, testify in the civil case or take the stand during his criminal trial.
Murray previously maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas and frequently complained about conditions in jail after his conviction. He was allowed to serve his entire sentence in a Los Angeles jail rather than a state prison due to a law aimed at easing overcrowding by shifting nonviolent offenders to local lockups.
"Dr. Murray has not received any special treatment in jail and in fact has many less privileges than most inmates because of his notoriety," Wass said in a statement earlier this year.
Jurors in a lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC determined that the doctor was not unfit or incompetent to serve as Jackson's tour doctor earlier this month. The panel heard testimony about Jackson and Murray's relationship throughout the five-month trial, but the panel said it did not condone the physician's conduct.
"That doesn't mean we felt he was ethical," jury foreman Gregg Barden said of Murray after the AEG Live verdict.
No doctor or medical expert has condoned Murray's treatments of Jackson during either the ex-doctor's criminal case or the civil litigation. The former cardiologist told police he gave the superstar nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep but lacked the proper medical or monitoring equipment that's required to administer anesthesia.
Although widely used, propofol is intended only for surgical settings and experts have noted that its effects are not actually sleep. -- (AP)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick went through a second consecutive practice with no setbacks Wednesday.
But the injured veteran said he still needs to test out his injured hamstring and won't know more until Friday, as Philadelphia (3-4) continues preparations for the New York Giants (1-6) on Sunday.
Vick, who has missed the Eagles' last two games after injuring his hamstring in the first half of an Oct. 6 game against the Giants, practiced with the first team.
"I'm still limited," he said.
Vick, the NFL's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with 5,858 yards, said the biggest test he faces is whether he can run full-speed without pain. He said if he can run without aggravating the injury, he'll play.
That test will come in two days.
"Friday's a big day for me," Vick said.
But on Tuesday and Wednesday, he went through all the drills and — if nothing else — is showing signs of bouncing back.
"He looks like he's progressing," coach Chip Kelly said.
Nick Foles, who started a win over the Buccaneers and a loss to the Cowboys in place of Vick, suffered a concussion against Dallas and hasn't practiced since.
The only fully healthy quarterback on the roster is rookie Matt Barkley, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions against the Cowboys. Barkley was also scheduled to take snaps with the first team on Wednesday.
"We're going to wait till how (Vick) progresses and how he goes. A lot of that comes from the feedback from Mike in terms of where he is," Kelly said. "I know he's progressed. But to put a number on it, I'm not going to put a number on it."
Foles, meanwhile, is running through the NFL's protocol for concussions. He has not been ruled out yet officially, but is unlikely to play.
NFL rules prohibit players who have suffered concussions from returning to practice before meeting a series of requirements, including passing the ImPACT test, completing five increasingly demanding levels of exercise without suffering symptoms, and being approved by an independent, league-approved neurologist.
"Nick's doing better," Kelly said. "He'll have to see an independent (physician) before he's allowed back. But in talking to him, he said he feels like he's doing better."
Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl standout, has missed 13 games since becoming the Eagles' full-time starting quarterback early in 2010. He hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2006, his final year with the Falcons. -- (AP)