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  • new storyNYC to review Trump contracts after controversial remarks 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 11:50 pm

    NEW YORK - New York City officials are reviewing the city's contracts with Donald Trump after statements the GOP presidential hopeful made about Mexican immigrants.

  • State finds probable financial stress in Wayne County 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:35 pm

    DETROIT - A state board that examined a preliminary review of Wayne County's finances said Wednesday the entity is operating under probable financial stress.

  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:25 pm

    CHICAGO - Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts - including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation - to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.

  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:08 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.

  • Ex-NY senator gets 7 years in prison for mayoral race plot story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:38 pm

    WHITE PLAINS, New York - Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison in a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election.

  • Prosecutor offers deal to white Cleveland police supervisors 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:29 pm

    CLEVELAND - A prosecutor has offered to drop charges against five white police supervisors accused of failing to stop a car chase that ended in a deadly 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black people if they're willing to say they endangered the public and meet other conditions, attorneys for two supervisors said Wednesday.

  • Midland County judges: Courts will still perform marriages 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:23 pm

    MIDLAND, Michigan - Three Midland County judges say the courts still will perform marriages, despite a colleague's statement that he wouldn't do so in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry.

  • Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:05 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - More than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits for families of fallen police officers and firefighters.

  • Polk County jury convicts Pleasant Hill man of murder 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:55 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Jurors have convicted a Pleasant Hill man of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend's fiance.

  • SC counties to receive between $2M and $18M for road repair 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:47 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina's counties are expected to receive between $2 million and $18 million each this year for road repair through the state budget that took effect Wednesday.

  • Wisconsin legislative leaders announce transportation plan story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:07 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican leaders said Wednesday that they agreed on a plan to fund Wisconsin's road projects over the next two years, edging them closer to an elusive deal on a new state budget.

  • St. Louis' mayor narrows scrutiny of Confederate memorial 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:05 pm

    ST. LOUIS - St. Louis' mayor has scratched plans for a formal panel to decide whether a three-story Confederate memorial should be moved out of Forest Park, instead calling on proposals from people or groups willing to perhaps offer up another public place for the landmark.

  • Scores killed as militants attack Egyptian troops in Sinai story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:59 pm

    EL-ARISH, Egypt - Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers.

  • Former Baltimore mayor Dixon seeks to regain office 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon, who resigned in 2010 amid a scandal over embezzled gift cards, will seek to regain the office next year as the city struggles with the aftermath of riots following a death in police custody.

  • Annapolis could reap $260K annually with Energy Park lease 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 4:35 pm

    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - A plan has been introduced to build a large solar energy facility on a closed Annapolis landfill, and by doing so put the city near the forefront of the green-energy movement.

  • World mayors, others pitch in toward global climate accord story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:07 pm

    LYON, France - French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that money is the main roadblock to a global accord at a U.N. climate conference in Paris this year.

  • Uber hits roadblocks in Brazil's biggest city and capital 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:52 pm

    SAO PAULO - The Uber ride sharing service is facing roadblocks in Brazil's biggest city and in Brasilia, the country's capital.

  • Danville mayor: Council won't revisit Confederate flag issue 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 1:40 pm

    DANVILLE, Virginia - Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders says City Council won't revisit its decision to keep a Confederate flag on a museum's grounds.

  • Walker aide sues prosecutor who conducted John Doe probe 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:14 pm

    MILWAUKEE - A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who was caught up in a secret investigation into illegal campaigning is suing the prosecutor who conducted the probe, saying he and others infringed on her civil rights by raiding her home and seizing her personal emails.

  • City attorney backs handling of traffic camera contract 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 12:13 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus city attorney says a contract for a red-light traffic camera program now the subject of a federal bribery investigation was properly awarded and later modified.

  • Turnout slim as thousands in Hong Kong rally for democracy story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 11:46 am

    HONG KONG - Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy but the turnout was noticeably lower than in recent years, reflecting an impasse after a year of bitter battles over political reform.

  • Lausanne favored for 2020 Youth Olympics in IOC evaluation 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 11:12 am

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Lausanne appears favored to win 2020 Youth Winter Games hosting rights after an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the two candidates.

  • Possible Mohave County tax hike blamed on low state funding 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:56 am

    LAKE HAVASU, Arizona - Mohave County supervisors are considering a tax hike and say the state's cost-shifting is to blame.

  • Vanderburgh County finds it difficult to get workers to jobs 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:17 am

    EVANSVILLE, Indiana - Transportation availability wasn't one of the hurdles of daily life in the East Coast metropolitan communities Janet Rodriguez came from before moving to Indiana.

  • Jackson police to get help on hate crime investigations 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:45 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - The city of Jackson will provide training to help law enforcement officers accurately report and document hate crimes.