Local governments

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
March 28, 2019 - 7:36 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Jussie Smollett case (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association has issued a blistering critique of how Cook County prosecutors went about dropping all charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett over his report of a racist, anti-gay...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses leave pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family, in Stamford, Conn. New York is suing the billionaire family behind Oxycontin, alleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid crisis by putting hunger for profits over patient safety. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
March 28, 2019 - 6:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged last month because she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
March 28, 2019 - 5:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — City officials on Thursday ordered Jussie Smollett to pay $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into his report of a street attack that police say was staged to promote his career. A letter from the city's legal department to Smollett and his attorneys said that figure...
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North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread poses for a portrait at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Thursday, March 28, 2019. Godfread, who claims he is 6-foot-11 3/4 inches, is challenging New York City councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 councilman from Brooklyn's claim of being the tallest male politician in the world. Comegy was certified by Guinness World Records in January. But wait, Brad Sellers, a former Ohio State and Chicago Bulls star listed at 7 feet, also says he has a claim. Sellers is now the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo/James MacPherson).
March 28, 2019 - 4:58 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — It didn't take long for a New York City councilman's claim that he's the world's tallest male politician to draw some challenges. Robert Cornegy Jr., a 6-foot-10 (208 centimeter) councilman from Brooklyn, was certified by Guinness World Records in January and honored for the...
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In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 photo, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam poses for a portrait, in Miramar, Fla. Messam announced, Thursday, March 28 that he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 28, 2019 - 3:13 pm
MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Unless you are a Florida State University football fan, chances are you have never heard of the newest Democratic candidate for president -- but Wayne Messam is hoping to quickly change that. The mayor of Miramar, Florida, Messam announced Thursday that he is joining the...
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In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 photo, signs posted on the doors of the Bolten Street Baptist Church are seen during a meeting coordinated to garner support for one black candidate in Savannah's mayoral race, in Savannah, Ga. Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending, unless they were African-American. (Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 10:07 am
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Organizers of a meeting to discuss an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia barred reporters from attending — unless they were African-American. The Wednesday meeting at a church in Savannah was held to try to unite the city's black community behind a single candidate for mayor in...
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, awards N.Y. City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr. the Guinness World Record's tallest male politician, Wednesday March 27, 2019, at City Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 28, 2019 - 6:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A 6-foot-10 (208 centimeters) New York City councilman from Brooklyn has been named tallest politician in the world. Robert Cornegy Jr. was honored for that distinction at a City Hall ceremony on Wednesday after being officially certified by Guinness World Records as world's tallest...
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Ninoska Blanco sits beside her sick mother Alexandrian Blanco at her home in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Blanco says that the hours of intermittent electricity supply in Venezuela affects her as she takes care of her mother, bathing, changing and feeding her. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
March 27, 2019 - 9:45 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More power outages hit Venezuela on Wednesday after the nation's worst blackouts earlier this month, knocking out water pumps and forcing some Caracas residents to spend hours searching for bottled water in the few shops that were open or to fill up containers at springs...
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March 27, 2019 - 11:50 am
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story March 26 about Chicago's police superintendent and mayor being angered by prosecutors' surprise decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett, The Associated Press reported an incorrect age for Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer. He was 17...
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Beira Mayor Daviz Simango, right, pauses from directing disaster relief operations in Beira, Mozambique, Monday March 25, 2019. Simango dreamed about protecting his people from climate change with much of the city being below sea level on a coastline that experts call one of the world's most vulnerable to global warming's rising waters. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)
March 27, 2019 - 8:43 am
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Long before Cyclone Idai roared in and tore apart Mozambique's seaside city of Beira, the mayor dreamed of protecting his people from climate change. It would be a huge challenge. Large parts of the city of 500,000 residents are below sea level on a coastline that experts...
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