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  • Prosecutor tied to chokehold case wins NY special election story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 11:59 pm

    NEW YORK - A district attorney connected to the case of an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer's chokehold was elected Tuesday to fill a congressional seat left vacant when the incumbent pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

  • City Council president, sheriff to vie for Columbus mayor 
    Updated: May-05-15 11:45 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott will face off in a November election to determine who becomes mayor of Ohio's biggest city.

  • Denver mayor thanks supporters for 2nd term 
    Updated: May-05-15 11:44 pm

    DENVER - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is thanking supporters for electing him to a second term.

  • Protesters interrupt Northern Calif. city council meeting 
    Updated: May-05-15 11:40 pm

    OAKLAND, California - Protesters in Northern California have interrupted a city council meeting in Oakland, locking arms and chaining themselves to an Oakland City Council chamber railing.

  • Attorney General Lynch meets Gray family in Baltimore story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-05-15 11:16 pm

    BALTIMORE - Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to improve the city's police department after meeting with the family of a man who was fatally injured in police custody.

  • Clerk: 58 percent of Oak Park voters OK mixed alcohol sales 
    Updated: May-05-15 9:13 pm

    OAK PARK, Michigan - Final unofficial election returns from Oak Park show 58 percent of voters supporting a ballot proposal to let restaurants sell hard liquor and mixed alcohol drinks.

  • Texas Muslims on edge amid protests, contest attack story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 8:44 pm

    DALLAS - When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, home to one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did.

  • Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 8:29 pm

    FERGUSON, Missouri - To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard.

  • New Windsor proposes property tax hike to fix roads 
    Updated: May-05-15 8:25 pm

    NEW WINDSOR, Maryland - New Windsor leaders have proposed a 5-cent increase in real property tax to pay for road repairs after two years of severe winter weather.

  • Brewer, Hogsett to vie to succeed Ballard in Indianapolis 
    Updated: May-05-15 8:25 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Former U.S. attorney Joe Hogsett and restaurateur Chuck Brewer easily won their primaries and will face-off in the race for mayor of Indianapolis.

  • Christie says he would testify if called in bridge trial story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-05-15 7:37 pm

    FLOWOOD, Mississippi - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have no problem testifying in a trial of former allies who face criminal charges for their alleged roles in politically-motivated traffic jams that caused long delays in 2013 over the George Washington Bridge connecting his state to New York.

  • Republicans in Missouri Senate push to rein in city actions 
    Updated: May-05-15 7:26 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's GOP-led Senate expanded a House bill on Tuesday that would ban municipalities from barring the use of plastic bags and also stop cities and towns from increasing their minimum wage - a move some Democrats criticized as inhibiting local control.

  • Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal 
    Updated: May-05-15 6:38 pm

    BALTIMORE - One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.

  • Details of the debate in US states on oil drilling, fracking 
    Updated: May-05-15 6:01 pm

    Clashes are growing between cities and states across America over oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, the practice of high pressure injections of water, sand and chemicals underground to free deposits of oil and gas. Energy-rich states are rushing to quash some of the local activism. Following is a summary of state debates.

  • New York permit for municipal stormwater discharge upheld 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:48 pm

    ALBANY, New York - The state's regulation of municipal stormwater discharges doesn't violate the federal Clean Water Act, as environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday.

  • 11 dead after Mali separatists launch central region attack 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:40 pm

    BAMAKO, Mali - Members of a coalition of separatist groups attacked a town in central Mali on Tuesday, killing 11 people and moving violence farther south after a cease-fire was broken last week, a spokesman and the government said.

  • Bill stops police from enforcing local ordinances elsewhere 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:38 pm

    HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that would prevent Connecticut municipal police officers from crossing into another community to enforce their town's ordinances cleared the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

  • NYC police commissioner willing to consider written warnings 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:37 pm

    NEW YORK - New York Police Commissioner William Bratton is saying he would consider adopting a system of issuing written warnings for some first and second-time offenders.

  • Ex-Reno mayoral candidate faces battery, weapons charge 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:32 pm

    RENO, Nevada - A former candidate for mayor in Reno faces battery and weapons charges after he allegedly told police he beat a man with a golf club in February because the man ran over his dog.

  • Energy rich US states move to quash local limits on drilling 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:07 pm

    MANSFIELD, Texas - Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

  • NYC mayor proposes millions in new mental health services 
    Updated: May-05-15 4:38 pm

    NEW YORK - Over 80 schools would get mental health clinics, every police precinct would have a victims' advocate and social workers would arrange psychological care for thousands of families in homeless shelters under Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to invest tens of millions of dollars in mental health, his wife's signature issue.

  • Boise mayor requests $2.5 million to remove debris from park 
    Updated: May-05-15 4:25 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - The mayor of Boise is asking the city council for $2.5 million to pay for removing debris and waste unearthed during the construction of a new park.

  • $112K settlement reached in wrongful termination lawsuit 
    Updated: May-05-15 3:40 pm

    PORT ALLEN, Louisiana - Port Allen's chief financial officer has accepted a $112,500 settlement after eight hours of closed-door negotiations involving her wrongful termination lawsuit against former Mayor Demetric Slaughter.

  • Portland Mayor Charlie Hales releases proposed budget 
    Updated: May-05-15 3:17 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has released a proposed budget that calls for spending most of the city's $49 million budget surplus on basic services, with much of it going toward repairs for the city's notoriously bumpy streets.

  • Jury acquits ex-Iowa mayor of 1 sex abuse charge 
    Updated: May-05-15 3:16 pm

    NEW HAMPTON, Iowa - A jury has acquitted the former mayor of Oelwein (OHL'-weyne) of one sexual abuse charge, but couldn't reach a verdict on a second.