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  • Montreal mayor looks to NYC for anti-graft advice 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Montreal's mayor sought to convince Manhattan business leaders Tuesday that his administration is moving past the corruption scandals that brought down his two predecessors and have become the "elephant in the room" when trying to lure investment to Canada's second largest city.

  • Pitkin government offices close for asbestos test 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:31 pm
  • ASPEN, Colorado - A Pitkin County government office building in Aspen has been closed for asbestos testing after a preliminary check showed the material was present.

  • House panel advances governor's pension plan 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:52 pm
  • JUNEAU, Alaska - The House Finance Committee advanced Gov. Sean Parnell's plan for addressing the state's pension obligation Tuesday, but the issue was not yet settled.

  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:22 pm
  • VALPARAISO, Chile - President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.

  • State audits find spending abuse in LA-area city 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:55 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - A gritty Los Angeles suburb targeted in a federal corruption probe had virtually no controls over how taxpayer money was spent, opening the way for officials to run up credit-card bills and take questionable leave time that in one case nearly doubled an employee's salary, state audits found Tuesday.

  • County, feds at odds over drug case payments 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:04 pm
  • FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Coconino County has offered to repay the U.S. Justice Department $700,000 it received for prosecuting drug trafficking cases after an audit found no proof of federal involvement in the cases.

  • 3 Albuquerque police oversight members resign 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:19 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Half of the members of Albuquerque's Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.

  • 4 pro-gun bills get initial nod in Arizona Senate 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:13 pm
  • PHOENIX - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to four major pro-gun bills that Republicans said are necessary to protect 2nd Amendment rights.

  • North Vegas finalizing budget to submit to state 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:02 pm
  • LAS VEGAS - North Las Vegas administrators were finishing a tentative budget to submit to the Nevada Department of Taxation on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a state takeover of city finances and services, a city spokesman said.

  • Judge takes up ban on domestic partner benefits 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:49 pm
  • DETROIT - A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday.

  • Indianapolis council shies away from weapons ban 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:30 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis City-County Council has defeated a ban on residents discharging weapons recreationally within city limits after hearing the measure likely would attract lawsuits.

  • Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:25 pm
  • KRAMATORSK, Ukraine - In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist operation" to try to restore authority over the restive region.

  • Bill to protect unpaid interns signed into NYC law 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:24 pm
  • NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Tuesday that makes sure the city's law against discrimination applies to interns, whether they're paid or not.

  • Critics: Some Iowa courthouses lack basic security 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:06 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa courthouses have a variety of security features, with about half banning guns and fewer providing secure areas for judges and staff to work outside courtrooms, according to critics pushing for upgrades.

  • Excerpts from recent Indiana newspaper editorials 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:53 pm
  • The Journal Gazette. April 15, 2014.

  • W.Va. mayor accused of lying to US agent 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:38 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The government says Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormick has been charged with lying to a federal agent.

  • Could police have averted the Boston bombings? 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:37 pm
  • BOSTON - It was a shocking slaying in a Boston suburb that sometimes goes years without one homicide, let alone three at once. The victims' throats had been sliced in a home on a tree-lined street, marijuana and cash strewn over their bodies.

  • Nonprofit groups allowed to join Kauai law defense 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:26 pm
  • HONOLULU - A federal judge has decided to allow four nonprofit organizations to join Kauai County in defending a new law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops in court.

  • Kauai Fire Department seeks more overtime funds 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:16 pm
  • LIHUE, Hawaii - The Kauai Fire Department is seeking a 22 percent increase in overtime funds for the upcoming fiscal year, saying some of the increase is required for the county to comply with collective-bargaining agreements.

  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

  • Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:31 pm
  • DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.

  • UPMC can copy ex-Pittsburgh mayor's computer 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:30 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can have a copy of the contents of the former mayor's computer in case it contains information relevant to a civil rights lawsuit the hospital network has pending against the city, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Voter initiatives multiply during oil boom 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 2:13 pm
  • DENVER - Voter initiatives to control oil and gas drilling are intensifying in Colorado as residents of towns and cities try to ban or limit drilling inside city limits.

  • Eugene, Doha and Barcelona bid for 2019 worlds 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 1:36 pm
  • LONDON - Eugene is bidding to bring track and field's world championships to the United States for the first time.

  • Christie: Scrap realty transfer fees 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:43 pm
  • SOMERSET, New Jersey - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would do away with realty transfer fees - a major source of tax revenues - if the Legislature sent him a bill.