- NYC lawmakers impose 5-cent charge for plastic bags Updated: May-05-16 5:14 pm
NEW YORK - Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash - roughly 19,000 per minute.
- The Latest: Mayor says escaped inmate no longer in his town Updated: May-05-16 5:08 pm
BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in New Jersey (all times local):
- Seattle mayor decries sexist attacks to sports arena vote Updated: May-05-16 5:03 pm
SEATTLE - Seattle's mayor and an investor have condemned sports fans' sexist attacks against the mostly female City Council after its vote sidetracked a proposed arena project aimed at luring back the NBA.
- The Latest: UNC could lose $1.4 billion over due to LGBT law Updated: May-05-16 5:01 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on disagreements over a North Carolina law that restricts transgender people to public restrooms aligned with their biological sex and prevents governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules (all times local):
- Colorado city to pay those sent to jail over court fines Updated: May-05-16 4:49 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - In a rare move, a Colorado city has agreed to pay dozens of people, most of them homeless, who were sent to jail because they couldn't afford to pay fines for minor offenses like panhandling and jaywalking.
- The Latest: NYC lawmakers approve 5-cent plastic bag charge Updated: May-05-16 4:45 pm
NEW YORK - The Latest on New York City's plastic bag law (all times local):
- NY Senate chief: not ready to trust de Blasio on NYC schools Updated: May-05-16 4:42 pm
ALBANY, New York - The leader of the New York Senate says he still has doubts about extending a policy giving Mayor Bill de Blasio control of over city schools, citing what he calls the mayor's "disturbing" lack of knowledge about the school system.
- Ground broken for improvements along Galveston's seawall Updated: May-05-16 3:16 pm
GALVESTON, Texas - Nearly three years after Galveston began charging to visitors to park on Seawall Boulevard, the city has begun to install improvements on the Gulf-front street, which they say will enhance the beach experience for both visitors and city residents.
- Political change: Mayor forced to count pennies to pay fine Updated: May-05-16 3:05 pm
MIAMI - A Miami-area mayor won his bid to pay a $4,000 ethics fine with pennies and nickels, but only after he agreed to count and box the coins himself.
- Portland Mayor: City didn't know about Portland Pirates move Updated: May-05-16 2:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Portland's mayor says the city didn't know that the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League were planning to leave Maine for Springfield, Massachusetts.
- Gary officials reject immigrant detention center Updated: May-05-16 2:39 pm
GARY, Indiana - City leaders in Gary have voted against allowing an $80 million immigration detention center to be built in the northwestern Indiana city.
- Jackson and sales tax panel at odds over spending authority Updated: May-05-16 2:38 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Jackson City Council is borrowing $11 million for water treatment improvements, but the leader of an oversight commission said the city can't repay the loan using sales tax money without that panel's OK.
- House committee to hold hearing on DC home rule Updated: May-05-16 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON - A House committee has scheduled a hearing on District of Columbia home rule in the wake of the city's decision not to submit its budget to Congress for approval.
- Commission: Deadwood violated open meetings law Updated: May-05-16 2:00 pm
DEADWOOD, South Dakota - The South Dakota Open Meetings Commission has found that the city of Deadwood violated open meetings laws in phone conversations related to use of the Days of '76 concession stands.
- 3 council members protest against Philly sugary drink tax Updated: May-05-16 1:47 pm
PHILADELPHIA - Three city council members have come out against a sugary drink tax that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants to use to fund a universal pre-kindergarten program and other initiatives.
- St. Pete delays simply ticketing pot possession violators Updated: May-05-16 1:44 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - The St. Petersburg City Council has a delayed a vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana until a diversion program is created.
- Global, local leaders vow hard work against temperature rise Updated: May-05-16 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON - International leaders and local officials on Thursday pledged to work hard to stem the rise of global temperatures by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy.
- London could get first Muslim mayor in UK local elections Updated: May-05-16 1:10 pm
LONDON - Londoners cast votes Thursday in an election that could give the city its first Muslim mayor, while voters elsewhere in Britain were expected to punish the main opposition Labour Party in local and regional polls.
- Town increases security with escaped inmate on the loose Updated: May-05-16 12:38 pm
BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - An escaped inmate who once served time for manslaughter for killing a crying baby eluded authorities for a third day Thursday, leading to increased security at schools in the New Jersey town where he was last seen.
- Al-Qaida withdrawing from 2 cities east of Yemen's Aden port Updated: May-05-16 12:04 pm
SANAA, Yemen - Al-Qaida militants in Yemen are pulling out of two coastal cities east of the key southern port of Aden following tribal-led negotiations, security officials and witnesses said on Thursday.
- Greek unions call 3-day general strike over new austerity Updated: May-05-16 11:41 am
ATHENS, Greece - Unions in Greece have called a three-day general strike to protest against new bailout austerity measures, in a sign of growing discontent with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing government.
- Florida mayor faces removal over public records fight Updated: May-05-16 11:19 am
DEBARY, Florida - A Florida mayor faces removal from office in an escalating public records dispute.
- No charges for Oakland councilwoman in alleged attack Updated: May-05-16 10:39 am
OAKLAND, California - The Alameda County District Attorney's Office won't file criminal charges against an Oakland City Councilwoman accused of attacking another woman last year.
- Tupelo buys lots to encourage new housing in historic area Updated: May-05-16 10:22 am
TUPELO, Mississippi - Tupelo's city government will spend nearly $70,000 to buy five lots, hoping to spark new life in its historic Mill Village neighborhood.
- University of Utah professor resigns over class location Updated: May-05-16 10:03 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A well-known professor of environmental humanities at the University of Utah has resigned over the administration's demands that she teach on campus instead of in the state's deserts.