Local governments

In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 photo a barefoot Costas Maroulis 62 stands in front of piled up vehicles in the town of Mandra western Athens, following deadly flash floods that hit the area hours before. A shoulder-high wall of floodwater smashed into Maroulis' home where his fought to save his elderly mother-in-law, keeping her head above his own until flooding finally subsided. "The water took everything" he said adding "I wasn't afraid when the flood came because we were fighting to survive. But now, yes, I am afraid for the future." (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
November 23, 2017 - 6:58 am
MANDRA, Greece (AP) — Greek taxi driver Costas Maroulis was at home when deadly floods struck his town, leaving him no chance of escape. "The water came down in two directions and the intersection was at my house," the 62-year-old said, describing his ordeal a week after the disaster. "The water...
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Police officers stand near the site where a large balloon of Olaf, from the animated film, "Frozen", is being inflated for the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 22, 2017 - 7:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan. New York City's mayor...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, Attorney Clark Kent Ervin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ervin resigned earlier in 2017 as lead monitor of the team overseeing reforms in Ferguson, Missouri, as part of a consent agreement between the St. Louis County town and the U.S. Department of Justice. Ferguson leaders say they've spent nearly $500,000 to pay the monitor team but have little to show for their money, in part because Ervin failed to live up to key promises. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
November 22, 2017 - 4:57 pm
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they've gotten for their money, especially after the departure of the original lead monitor. Washington attorney Clark Kent...
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November 22, 2017 - 7:38 am
WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county has voted to sue one of the utilities that abandoned construction on two nuclear reactors, calling the company decision a breach of contract. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the Fairfield County Council voted Tuesday to sue SCANA Corp...
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November 22, 2017 - 4:55 am
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The administrator of one of Virginia's oldest counties is taking the helm at Virginia's most populous county. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Bryan Hill to serve as county executive, effective in January. He replaces Ed Long, who retired. Hill is...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017 file photo, a boy looks into the coffin holding the body of Candido Rios Vazquez, a journalist for the Diario de Acayucan newspaper who was murdered in Covarrubias, Hueyapan de Ocampo, municipality in Veracruz state, Mexico. After years of threats and attacks that Rios blamed on a local mayor furious over his reporting, he was killed on Aug. 22 by armed men who pulled up and opened fire on him when he was chatting with a local rancher at a gas station, killing them and a former police inspector who had just come over. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File)
November 22, 2017 - 12:06 am
MEXICO CITY (AP) — After years of threats and attacks that Candido Rios blamed on a local mayor furious over his reporting, Rios' home in Mexico's deadliest state for journalists was encircled by a fence topped with coils of barbed wire and surrounded by a half-dozen surveillance cameras he...
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November 21, 2017 - 5:13 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey redevelopment agency has given preliminary approval to a $5.6 million payment to billionaire investor Carl Icahn to help pay for the demolition of part of Atlantic City's former Trump Plaza casino. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on Tuesday...
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November 21, 2017 - 8:18 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working on a book about his views on race and his support for taking down four Confederate monuments earlier this year. Viking told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Landrieu's "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History"...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2017, file photo, protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse where a federal judge was to hear arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities in San Francisco. A federal judge Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, has permanently blocked President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. San Francisco and Santa Clara County had filed lawsuits. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
November 20, 2017 - 11:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration's argument that the executive order...
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November 20, 2017 - 1:54 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A portrait of Robert E. Lee that hung inside the City Hall of the town where the Confederate general grew up has been removed and sent to a museum. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the city of Alexandria has moved the portrait of Lee to the Lyceum, a local history...
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