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  • new storyChicago preliminary budget estimate shows huge shortfall 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:35 pm

    CHICAGO - A preliminary budget released by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shows a gaping budget shortfall for 2016 that could grow to $754 million and beyond - a total that is so high that the mayor might be forced to raise property taxes.

  • new storyExiled Yemen prime minister returns to war-torn city of Aden 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:07 pm

    SANAA, Yemen - Yemen's exiled prime minister has returned to the country's war-torn city of Aden, months after a Saudi-led airstrike campaign began against Shiite Houthi rebels there, authorities said.

  • Fort Atkinson gets battle plan for new life 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 10:31 am

    FORT CALHOUN, Nebraska - It was young America's largest military post and the nation's first fort west of the Missouri River.

  • Dallas mayor critical of sex exposition on city property 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 9:04 am

    DALLAS - An upcoming sex exposition in Dallas that's billed as the largest of its kind in the U.S. and is expected to draw more than 15,000 people is being criticized by a mayor who says it goes against the city's position on the exploitation of women.

  • Local, low-powered radio stations gaining steam in Wisconsin 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 7:17 am

    JANESVILLE, Wisconsin - Local radio is on the rise in a big way even though the towers are short, the transmitters the size of home stereo receivers and the talent in need of more polish.

  • Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges story has photos
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:52 am

    BEIJING - Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

  • Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:40 pm

    MEXICO CITY - Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday.

  • Fired Mexican soccer coach probed for political tweets 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 7:09 pm

    MEXICO CITY - The trouble isn't over for fired Mexico national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera. He is now under investigation for possible violations of electoral laws for politically oriented tweets sent the day of June 7 midterm elections, authorities said Friday.

  • Higher wages a surprising success for Seattle restaurant story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-31-15 6:39 pm

    SEATTLE - Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don't have to tip at Ivar's Salmon House on Seattle's Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city's $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.

  • Governor candidates back allowing local tax hikes for roads 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 5:22 pm

    LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Louisiana's four major candidates for governor told a packed audience of local elected officials Friday that they support giving municipalities more authority to raise their own taxes for roadwork.

  • Judge orders return of Lincoln man's gun collection 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 5:10 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - A judge has ordered that a man's gun collection seized last year by police must be returned to him, but Lincoln ordinances won't let him have them in the city.

  • Chicago poised to require breast-feeding rooms at airports story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 5:05 pm

    CHICAGO - City Council members recommended Friday that lactation rooms be placed in every terminal at Chicago's two major airports, a move that one alderman said could help make it the nation's "most breast-feeding friendly" city.

  • Salt Lake City investigates web posts by mayor's spokesman 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 2:14 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's spokesman is on paid leave as city officials investigate his use of a city computer to post anonymous online comments criticizing the mayor's political opponents.

  • ACLU says reporters barred from Pocomoke council meeting 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:59 pm

    POCOMOKE CITY, Maryland - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says reporters were illegally barred from a Pocomoke City council meeting during which the recent firing of the town's police chief was discussed.

  • Data shows few Latino voters in Yakima so far 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 1:28 pm

    YAKIMA, Washington - A new elections system designed to increase the number of Latinos voting in Yakima so far isn't generating much interest at the ballot box.

  • Madison mayor says bench time for homeless should be limited 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 12:47 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Madison's mayor says he has a way to deal with the city's growing transient population. Paul Soglin would limit the time one could spend sitting on a bench in the downtown area. Lying down on the bench would be prohibited.

  • Group wants ballot measure seeking $15 an hour minimum wage 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 11:28 am

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A Kansas City coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations says the city's plan to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2020 doesn't go far enough and is demanding a November vote on pushing it to $15.

  • Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:30 am

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

  • Starkville employee pay tied into raises for aldermen, mayor 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 4:14 am

    STARKVILLE, Mississippi - The Starkville Board of Aldermen has voted to increase the minimum worker pay rate by tying the issue with a salary increase that will boost salaries for the next administration.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 10:29 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Pope's upcoming visit inspires anxiety in Philadelphia story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 7:22 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - Pregnant women are calling up the mayor, concerned they won't be able to get to the delivery room. Some businesses say they've been told to close for a three-day weekend. Others are bringing in cots for workers to sleep. Taxi drivers, fearing onerous checkpoints and distant drop-off locations, are planning to stay home.

  • Petal settles lawsuit over effort to shut down group home 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:26 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department, the city of Petal is giving up efforts to evict three mentally disabled men from a home.

  • DC mayor, police chief discuss increase in crime 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier say they are confronting a spike in violent crime.

  • City council consider rules for meeting by Skype 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:14 pm

    FREDERICK, Maryland - The Frederick Board of Aldermen is drafting rules for allowing members to participate in meetings by video or telephone.

  • Baker orders state agencies to improve records access 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:56 pm

    BOSTON - Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency.