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Italy’s Pisa plans to test appeal of towering Ferris wheel

ROME (AP) — The Italian city of Pisa has decided to add a towering Ferris wheel to its roster of tourist attractions.

The Tuscan city’s culture commissioner, Andrea Ferrante, told state TV on Sunday that the big wheel will be roughly the height of Pisa’s famed Leaning Tower, or more than 50-meters (165-feet) -high.

Plans call for it to be installed where a parking lot now stands for three months this summer to test its popularity.

From the top of the wheel, riders will be able to see both the tower and the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

But the culture advocacy group Italia Nostra says the amusement park-type attraction will clash with the city’s Medieval architecture, including structures such as the Leaning Tower and the Pisa Cathedral.

Inclusivity measure stirs debate in Alaska fishing town

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The small Alaska fishing community of Homer is wading into national politics.

Homer is the latest U.S. city to consider affirming its commitment to inclusion following the election of President Donald Trump.

On Monday, the City Council is expected to weigh a resolution that states Homer will resist any efforts to profile “vulnerable populations” and will reject any expressions of fear and hate.

It doesn’t go as far as San Francisco and other sanctuary cities.

If the resolution is approved, Homer would join cities such as Boise, Idaho, that have branded themselves as welcoming.

The Homer proposal has been softened from an early draft that mentioned Trump and was worked on by local residents.

But even with the softer tone, some residents see the effort as a slap in the face and unnecessary.

Fire at large Swedish refugee center injures at least 15

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish police say at least 15 people have been injured when a fire broke out overnight at one of the country’s largest refugee centers outside of Vanersborg in southwestern Sweden.

Police spokesman Tommy Nyman says two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries after jumping out of a second-floor window to escape the blaze and 15 people in all were treated for smoke inhalation.

He said police received the alarm at 4:15 a.m. Sunday and all 158 people in the building were evacuated. Firefighters extinguished the flames.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Nyman said police would open an investigation.

Last year, there were 112 fires at Swedish refugee and reception centers, most of them arson.

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