On Wednesday, the country's top prosecutor, Jose Manuel Maza, ordered provincial prosecutors to investigate 712 mayors who have already offered municipal facilities for the October 1 vote and the regional Catalan police to arrest them if they don't show up for testimony.
If the "Yes" side wins the vote, Catalonia's regional government has vowed to declare independence within 48 hours and set about building a sovereign state.
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended a referendum law that was fast-tracked through Catalonia's regional parliament last week but the Catalan government has vowed to go ahead with the vote nonetheless.
"What is happening is that people are looking to have more control over their lives; they are looking for much more in terms of a say in how their lives are run", he said.
The Spanish government is trying to stop the planned October 1 ballot through the courts.
Police were ordered on Tuesday to seize ballot boxes, along with election flyers or any item that could be used in the banned referendum, AFP reported. Maza said the possible charges against the mayors are the same as those for Puigdemont and his ministers who signed the decree calling the referendum: disobedience, abuse of power, and alleged embezzlement of public funds, which carry possible sentences of up to eight years in prison.
Commenting for the first time on the political crisis, Spain's King Felipe VI said people should respect Spain's constitution, which forbids secession.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is fighting to stop the ballot and he appealed to Catalans to ignore calls from independence supporters to turn out.
Rajoy's conservative government argues the vote violates the constitution, which states that only central authorities can call a referendum.
"If anyone urges you to go to a polling station, don't go, because the referendum can't take place, it would be an absolutely illegal act", the prime minister said.
The economically powerful Catalonia has a thriving population of 7.5 million and accounts for a fifth of Spain's economic output.
Around one million Catalans rallied in Barcelona on Monday, waving red and yellow striped flags and banging drums, in a show of support for independence after Madrid moved to block a referendum on the region's split from Spain.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday unveiled the government's reconstruction plan for the islands. We have seen there are many homes that were built too precariously, with fragile infrastructure.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NYSE: TEVA ) is trading considerably higher today, now up $3.13 at $18.63 - a 20 percent gain. Mizuho maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Tuesday, May 10 report. (NASDAQ:LSTR) rating on Friday, October 23.
Since last month, the Albany average has risen 64.6 cents, and motorists were paying 75.5 cents more per gallon than a year ago . Gas prices usually begin to go down around Labor Day, as the summer driving season comes to an end.
Democratic activists believe the GOP's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare has strengthened the resolve of the nation's leftists. Sanders has always been a champion of single-payer healthcare, and it was a central tenet of his 2016 presidential campaign .
In 2016, about 85,000 Rohingya poured into Bangladesh, fleeing rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar security forces. There are many more in other parts of the region and the world. "We also have expectations concerning the Myanmar government".
Houston rap artist Bun B and Scooter Braun, a Hollywood talent manager and founder of SB Projects, are the organizers. The show will broadcast on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CMT from Los Angeles, Nashville and NY .
North Korea claimed last weekend to have developed its most powerful nuclear weapon yet: A hydrogen bomb that could reach the US. Rodman has apparently visited the Korean penninsula several times but that he and Kim rarely touch on politics.
Crozz II is said to be two electric motors, one for each axle which allows it to have an all-wheel drive system. And only then will electric cars come out of the niche - and achieve relevant market share in years to come.
IOC confirms Paris will host 2024 Olympic games, LA for 2028
Only four have remained to the vote. "For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels". The last American city to bid for the Summer Games was Chicago, losing the 2016 Olympic vote to Rio de Janeiro.
Game 144 Recap: Cubs 8, Mets 3
The Chicago Cubs have opened online registration for fans seeking to buy tickets for potential postseason games at Wrigley Field . With Chicago's first-place lead in the National League Central dwindling, the Cubs couldn't afford to wait much longer.
Rebel Wilson Wins Millions In Defamation Case
Outside court, Wilson's teaching specialist, Richar Leder, said his customer would be completely excited with the choice. When the jury delivered its verdict they answered every single question in my favor.
UB edges up in annual US News college rankings
The university saw a slight increase in its peer assessment score, which ticked up a tenth of a percent to 3.2 percent this year. News & World Report "Best Colleges" rankings , released Tuesday, Sept. 12, place the UI in a tie with Miami University of Ohio.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo revealed
Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., a dedicated subsidiary of Porsche AG, imports and distributes Porsche vehicles in Canada. That marks an improvement of 30 hp and 14 lb-ft over the previous model , which packed a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8.
US Dollar Bid and Safe Haven Currencies Offered
The euro was lower, with EUR/USD sliding 0.32% to 1.1997, after rising as high as 1.2092 on Friday, the most since January 2015. The dollar index .DXY , which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, was up 0.66 percent at 91.955.
Slightly injured pope ends Colombia tour with unity appeal
The Pope can be seen with bruising as he greets crowds after the accident. "When you don't want to see, you don't see", he said. Francis used the trip to urge Colombians deeply polarized by a peace plan to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war.