Local governments

December 31, 2018 - 7:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime. As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data...
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Congolese election commission officials seal the results of Sunday's elections in the St. Raphael school in the Limete district of Kinshasa, Monday Dec. 31, 2018. Forty million voters were registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 31, 2018 - 12:35 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As votes were counted Monday in Congo's long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of balloting plagued by...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, Andrew Dickens, 21, of Toledo, Ohio, stands with other revelers during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square. Year after year, people watching New York City's New Year's Eve celebration are told by city dignitaries and TV personalities that they are watching a million people gathered in Times Square. The AP asks experts whether it is actually possible to fit that many people into the viewing areas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
December 31, 2018 - 9:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper will be there. Snoop Dogg, too. But 1 or 2 million people in New York's Times Square for New Year's Eve? As Snoop would say, you must be sippin' on gin and juice. Crowd-size experts scoff at those mammoth figures — floated annually by city officials...
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Congolese voters wait at the St. Raphael school in the Limete district of Kinshasa Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, for voter's listings that have not arrived. People had started to gather at 6am to cast their votes, and four hours later, vote had not started as the lists were not available. Forty million voters are registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 30, 2018 - 11:59 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local): 6:45 p.m. After closing time for Congo's election, at least one polling station was just preparing to open. The voting center at Les Anges school in Kinshasa had not opened during the day because it did not have...
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In this Oct. 26, 2018 photo, a man walks past vacant rowhomes in the Harlem Park neighborhood of Baltimore. "There are whole sections of our city that look like 1980's Beirut," said Carol Ott, an advocate for tenants' rights in Baltimore who has helped bring the punishing scope of the decades-old problem to light. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 29, 2018 - 8:40 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — LaShelle Rollins' rental house in West Baltimore is wedged between a line of derelict properties valued only by street gangs, drug addicts and firefighters conducting arson drills. And even though her family's $700-a-month address sits across from a public school, they are among...
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December 29, 2018 - 6:29 am
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Saturday handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the country's navy and coast guard under U.N. supervision, security officials said, in a significant step in the implementation of a deal reached during peace talks in Sweden...
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This Dec, 12, 2018 photo provided by Catarina Gomez on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, shows her half-brother Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, near her home in Yalambojoch, Guatemala. The 8-year-old boy died in U.S. custody at a New Mexico hospital on Christmas Eve after suffering a cough, vomiting and fever, authorities said. The cause is under investigation. (Catarina Gomez via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 10:07 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday visited the Texas border city where an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy was detained with his father before dying in government custody . DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said earlier in the week that Nielsen was scheduled to tour...
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Protesters walk past a burning tyre in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni, Friday Dec. 28, 2018, as they demonstrate against the election postponed until March 2019, announced by Congo's electoral commission for Beni residents that is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. Congo's leader Joseph Kabila has blamed a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to keep an estimated 1 million voters from the polls in Sunday's long-delayed presidential election. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
December 28, 2018 - 12:54 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's leader is blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million voters from Sunday's long-delayed presidential election, claiming it would be a "disaster" if someone infects hundreds of people. Protests exploded again on...
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A man crosses the street in Kinshasa, Congo, Friday Dec. 28, 2018. Congo's leader Joseph Kabila has blamed a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to keep an estimated 1 million voters from the polls in Sunday's long-delayed presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
December 28, 2018 - 12:32 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The World Health Organization chief warns that "prolonged insecurity" in Congo could erase the gains made in a deadly Ebola outbreak, as parts of the country protest ahead of Sunday's presidential...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017 file photo, Aretha Franklin attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala in New York. An attorney representing the estate of the late Queen of Soul says at least $3 million in back taxes have been paid to the IRS since Franklin's death this summer in her Detroit apartment. David Bennett tells The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, that Franklin's estate is being audited by the IRS, which he says filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of Detroit. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
December 28, 2018 - 10:52 am
DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin's estate has paid at least $3 million in back taxes to the IRS since her death in August, an attorney for the late Queen of Soul's estate said Thursday. The estate is being audited by the IRS, which filed a claim this month in a county probate court north of Detroit,...
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