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  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 12:08 am
  • NEW YORK - Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.

  • Colombia court reinstates ousted Bogota mayor 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:37 pm
  • BOGOTA, Colombia - A Colombian court has ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro.

  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes 2 pro-gun bills 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:26 pm
  • PHOENIX - To the surprise of the bill's sponsor, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Tuesday that that would have allowed concealed-carry permit holders to take their guns into government buildings.

  • Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:10 pm
  • WEST, Texas - The Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people a year ago could have been prevented - and agencies at all levels haven't done enough to change the circumstances that led to the catastrophe, federal officials said Tuesday.

  • Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 9:43 pm
  • MEXICO CITY - Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content.

  • Widow wants suburban mayor's death probe reopened 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 7:10 pm
  • SAN ANTONIO - The widow of a South Texas mayor whose death police blamed on an aggressive donkey wants his body exhumed and an inquest performed in his death.

  • Spokane picks pine as official city tree 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 6:05 pm
  • SPOKANE, Washington - The Spokane City Council has designated the ponderosa pine as the city's official tree.

  • NYC mayor rips ambulance delay in deadly fire 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:43 pm
  • NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that "it's not acceptable" that ambulances took more than 10 minutes to respond to a fire that killed two small children.

  • Simpsonville mayor accused of intimidating judge 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:03 pm
  • SIMPSONVILLE, South Carolina - A grand jury has indicted the Simpsonville mayor after investigators said he threatened a municipal court judge.

  • Senate holds Miami Beach hearing on climate change 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:59 pm
  • MIAMI BEACH, Florida - South Florida officials testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that they're already shouldering the burdens of rising sea levels and they need state and federal partners to do more to help adapt their coastline to the effects of climate change.

  • Marijuana plans submitted in Oak Park, Hazel Park 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:55 pm
  • OAK PARK, Michigan - Supporters of marijuana decriminalization are submitting petitions to place the issue before voters in two northern Detroit suburbs.

  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:43 pm
  • NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years.

  • Mayor questions bid for August Wilson Center 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 2:50 pm
  • PITTSBURGH - A dispute erupted Tuesday over efforts to save Pittsburgh's bankrupt August Wilson Center for African American Culture.

  • In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 2:20 pm
  • SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - When armed men seized the police station in this eastern Ukrainian city, mayor Nelya Shtepa declared she was on their side. She changed her story a few days later. Then she disappeared - the victim of an apparent abduction by the man who now lays claim to her job.

  • California city council to take up bikini baristas 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 1:13 pm
  • CLOVIS, California - Officials in a Central California city have agreed to review the business license of a coffee shop that features baristas in bikinis.

  • Saginaw postpones anti-discrimination measure vote 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 1:04 pm
  • SAGINAW, Michigan - City Council in Saginaw has indefinitely postponed consideration of a proposed ordinance to guarantee city residents and visitors equal treatment in employment and public accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Mayor orders air conditioning for Chicago schools 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 12:56 pm
  • CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered that air conditioning be added to every classroom in the Chicago Public Schools during the next five years.

  • Rideshare companies face pushback in Madison 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 12:07 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Police and city leaders are pushing back against ridesharing companies operating in Madison.

  • Topeka councilman charged with 2 felonies 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:56 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - The Shawnee County district attorney is seeking the ouster of a Topeka city councilman who faces two felony charges.

  • Oklahoma high court reinstates tax panel's ruling 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:55 am
  • OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reinstated a state Tax Commission ruling that rejected an out-of-state company's attempt to claim a tax break on capital gains for Oklahoma-based businesses.

  • New policy guides use of Lincoln's arena suite 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:32 am
  • LINCOLN, Nebraska - A new policy developed by the mayor's staff will guide the use and rental of the city's suite at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, which opened last fall on the west side of downtown Lincoln.

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:04 am
  • A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

  • Rapid City Council OKs texting-while-driving ban 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:01 am
  • RAPID CITY, South Dakota - The Rapid City Council has approved a ban on texting while driving that is stricter than state law.

  • Spain town with 'Kill Jews' in name mulls change 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 9:52 am
  • MADRID - The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means "Kill Jews," will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change the name that offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents, its mayor said Tuesday.

  • Monroe mayor expects transit contract next month 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 9:43 am
  • MONROE, Louisiana - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said he expects the city to enter into a contract with a management firm to run the city's transit system by the end of May.