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NEW YORK (AP) - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting government food vouchers be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

 

   In a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday, the mayors say it's "time to test and evaluate approaches limiting" the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages.

   New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office released the letter. Bloomberg is known for trying to bar eateries from selling sugary drinks in big sizes. He also has tried before to stop food stamps from going to buy soda.

   The U.S. Department of Agriculture turned down a 2010 request to let New York City do that.

   The USDA declined to comment on Tuesday's letter. The American Beverage Association didn't immediately respond.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Police are investigating several shootings after a violent weekend that left at least seven people dead and more than three dozen wounded.

 

   The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that it was the city's most violent weekend of the year.

 

   Authorities say the weekend's first homicide happened late Friday. The tally, which included at least 41 injuries, spanned Friday night through Sunday night.

 

   Also, police say an officer shot and killed a teenager Sunday night on the South Side after the teen pointed a gun at them. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the teen as 15-year-old Michael Westley.

   Police say despite the spate of shootings over the weekend there have been fewer shootings and homicides this year compared to the same period last year.

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DALLAS (AP) - A private jet that had former President George W. Bush on board made an emergency landing Saturday night.

 

   The Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the jet was flying from Philadelphia to Dallas, where Bush lives. The FAA said the plane was diverted to Louisville, Ky., after the smell of smoke was reported in the cockpit. No one was hurt.

   Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told The Associated Press on Sunday that after a brief stop, the plane continued to Dallas. Ford was on board and said he never saw or smelled smoke.

 

   FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the Gulfstream 4 eventually landed at Dallas Love Field.

 

   Bush is honorary chairman of The First Tee, which supports youth education programs through golf, and was returning from an event in Philadelphia.

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