Municipal governments

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, photo released by Maggie Zhang, Zhang uses a laptop computer at her parents' home in in the northwestern city of Zhangye in Gansu province. Zhang, founder of SheTalks, a company in Beijing that organizes events for women, is working out of her parents' apartment after she went back for the Lunar New Year and said she might stay through March. (Maggie Zhang via AP)
February 14, 2020 - 12:41 am
BEIJING (AP) — In the middle of a phone call with a customer, an important visitor knocks on Michael Xiong's door: his 3-year-old son. Xiong, a salesman in Chibi, a city near the center of a virus outbreak, is one of millions of people in China who are obeying government orders to work from home as...
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Geoconda Arguello-Kline, right, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union, speaks at a news conference to announce the union's decision to stay out of the state's Democratic presidential caucuses and not endorse a candidate, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
February 13, 2020 - 4:36 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Culinary Union, the most influential union in Nevada politics, has decided to stay out of the state's Democratic presidential caucuses, denying candidates who aggressively courted the group from getting a major leg up in the upcoming contest. The casino workers’ Culinary Union...
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February 13, 2020 - 3:18 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate panel on Thursday advanced a measure that would make government entities that don’t allow guns on their property liable if people are shot on their premises. The proposal from Republican Sen. David Gowan would allow anyone to sue if they or loved ones are injured or...
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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg pauses as he speaks to supporters at a primary night election rally at Nashua Community College, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 13, 2020 - 2:44 pm
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in more diverse states. Buttigieg, who spent eight years as mayor of South...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Oct. 12, 2011, an alpinist heads down a ridge on the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 meters; 12 605 feet), towards the Vallee Blanche on the Mont Blanc massif, in the Alps, near Chamonix. French President Emmanuel Macron declared the battle against climate change and environmental destruction to be "the fight of the century" Thursday Feb. 13, 2020 after visiting a melting glacier in the Alps. (AP Photo/David Azia,File)
February 13, 2020 - 11:55 am
PARIS (AP) — France’s leader called the battle against climate change and environmental destruction “the fight of the century” Thursday after visiting a melting glacier in the French Alps. But President Emmanuel Macron’s tour of the Mer de Glace glacier and an ice cave carved into it near the...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A special prosecutor decided to prosecute Smollett again, 11 months after county prosecutors dropped charges that the “Empire” actor hired two men to fake the attack to further his career. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
February 13, 2020 - 7:32 am
CHICAGO (AP) — When a grand jury revived the criminal case against Jussie Smollett, the indictment for many people called to mind two nights on two different streets in the same big city. On one Chicago street was a wealthy, famous black man who claimed he was a victim of a racist, anti-gay attack...
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Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
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February 13, 2020 - 5:03 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg sought to move past newly resurfaced years-old comments in which he defended the controversial “stop-and-frisk" policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities. The billionaire former New York City mayor, who is now seeking the...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak to supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 12, 2020 - 7:29 pm
DENVER (AP) — The resurgence of Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential nominating process is triggering alarm in the Democratic Party, with many warning that a ticket headed by the self-declared socialist could be devastating to the party's chances of winning the Senate and holding the House in...
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A static model of a Mitsubishi Aircraft Spacejet sits on display at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Danial Hakim)
February 12, 2020 - 10:07 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Singapore bank DBS on Wednesday cleared a downtown office and told some 300 employees to work from home after one of its staff was infected with the new virus, adding to concerns that also led authorities to scale back an air show drawing thousands of visitors. Singapore's...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant speaks at City Hall in Seattle. Seattle’s elections watchdog has charged Sawant with violating the law by using her office to promote a potential ballot measure that would tax Amazon and other large companies to pay for things like affordable housing. The Seattle Times reports the charges against Sawant were filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
February 11, 2020 - 5:37 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s elections watchdog has charged a city councilwoman with violating the law by using her office to promote a potential ballot measure that would tax Amazon and other large companies to pay for things like affordable housing. The Seattle Times reported the charges against...
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