Local governments

In this Dec. 14, 2019, photo, Dr. Psyche Calderon works with a patient in a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Calderon is a general practitioner volunteering her time to provide care for Central Americans stuck in Mexico while they try to obtain asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 18, 2019 - 1:56 pm
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — When the Honduran boy complained of a toothache, Dr. Psyche Calderon asked the obvious question: “When did the pain start?" The answer broke her heart. “When La Mara broke all my teeth and killed all my family," the 14-year-old said. He said little else about the attack by...
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Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop speaks during a press conference at the scene of a shooting, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
December 17, 2019 - 3:27 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mayor on Tuesday said a school board member should quit over comments she made about the shooting at a kosher market referring to Jews as “brutes” and questioning whether the attackers had a point to make in attacking Jews. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop...
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December 17, 2019 - 10:48 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The first woman to be elected mayor of Colombia’s capital city has married her partner in a private civil ceremony before taking office. Claudia López announced her nuptial to Angélica Lozano Monday evening with an enthusiastic message on Twitter and several photographs. “On...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department's command center in Honolulu. A defense bill expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, includes a provision taking away the authority and responsibility for notifying residents of incoming missiles from local emergency managers. Instead it gives that job to the U.S. government. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz authored the measure after officials in his home state of Hawaii mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts to the public warning of a ballistic missile attack in 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
December 17, 2019 - 12:02 am
HONOLULU (AP) — A defense bill expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did nearly two years ago. The legislation includes a provision giving the U.S. government, not...
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In this Dec. 13, 2019, photo, Martin Khan of Capital Cafe talks about the effects on his business after he says his store was incorrectly labeled as an anti-protest "blue" shop on online apps in Hong Kong. Protesters in Hong Kong are increasingly using their spending power to punish businesses they deem hostile to their cause. Apps are assigning color-coded labels to stores to help guide consumers. Protest-friendly stores are categorized as yellow. Blue is used to identify shops suspected of opposing protests. Protesters believe that by boycotting supposedly pro-establishment businesses, they can help shift the balance of power and wealth in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
December 16, 2019 - 7:52 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong protesters formed a line, patiently waiting their turn to buy sweet milk and tea drinks from a store that advertised ardent support for their cause with a banner declaring, “If you set off a nuclear blast, we'll stick by you." For quicker service, they could have...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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Congress party leader Priyanka Gandhi, center, joins other leaders during a sit in protest against a new citizenship law near the India Gate monument in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec.16, 2019. The new law gives citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee religious persecution in several neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
December 16, 2019 - 8:31 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of university students flooded the streets of India's capital, while a southern state government led a march and demonstrators held a silent protest in the northeast on Monday to protest a new law giving citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during a news conference opposing a proposal to place immigrant children separated from their parents at the border in a facility just east of downtown, in Houston. Turner won a second term, holding off a millionaire trial lawyer whose previous support of President Donald Trump had become a main campaign issue, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.(Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
December 15, 2019 - 7:44 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s incumbent mayor won a second term on Saturday night, holding off a millionaire trial lawyer whose previous support of President Donald Trump had become one of the main campaign issues. Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated Tony Buzbee during Saturday’s runoff election. Unofficial...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 15, 2019 - 6:33 am
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters,...
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In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
December 14, 2019 - 9:53 pm
TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...
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