Municipal governments

Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives at the office of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 22, 2017 - 7:51 pm
CLARK FREEPORT, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, paving the way for a visit next month by President Donald Trump, congratulated the Philippine army for its successes against militants in the southern city of Marawi. The U.S. and the Philippines are decades-old treaty allies,...
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In this Oct. 20, 2017 photo, Ashley Bennett, a Democratic candidate for freeholder in Atlantic County, N.J., speaks about her campaign in Northfield, N.J. She decided to make her first run for public office after an incumbent Republican on the freeholder board posted a meme on social media asking whether participants in the Women's March on Washington would be home in time to cook dinner. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
October 22, 2017 - 11:03 am
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — When a New Jersey politician shared a meme on Facebook during January's Women's March on Washington asking whether the protest would be "over in time for them to cook dinner," it sparked an uproar that led women to pack a meeting to demand an apology . One woman brought a...
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October 21, 2017 - 3:24 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. The...
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This Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 frame grab made from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said that military operations to oust the Islamic State group have ended and that their fighters have taken full control of the city. (AP Photo/ Gabriel Chaim)
October 20, 2017 - 3:29 pm
RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. Footage from Thursday shows the bombed-out shells of...
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This Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 frame grab made from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said that military operations to oust the Islamic State group have ended and that their fighters have taken full control of the city. (AP Photo/ Gabriel Chaim)
October 20, 2017 - 5:40 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 12:40 p.m. A U.S.-backed Syrian force has declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa, declaring the city free of any extremist presence. At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the...
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Kurdish security forces stand guard in Alton Kupri, on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Kurdish media said Thursday that Iraqi Kurdish officials have postponed elections for parliament and president of the autonomous region originally slated for November 1, in the wake of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from disputed regions across northern and eastern Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
October 19, 2017 - 8:18 pm
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had "occupied" the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. However, the warrant against Kosrat Rasul is unlikely to be executed as...
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In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, photo, Zavian Tate, a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, pushes a large Amazon Dash button, in Birmingham, Ala. The large Dash buttons are part of the city's campaign to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
October 19, 2017 - 9:59 am
BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they've been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. Literally. The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than...
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A traffic roundabout in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. U.S.-backed fighters were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. (AP Photo/Asmaa Waguih)
October 19, 2017 - 6:58 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Middle East may have turned a page with the defeat of the Islamic State group in its self-declared capital of Raqqa, but the future is looking even more tangled, and potentially as violent. The downfall of a common enemy could open up cracks in temporary alliances created to fight...
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In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, transgender actress Renata Carvalho plays the role of Jesus in the play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The play in which Jesus is reimagined as a transgender woman who tells Biblical stories of tolerance has been performed more than 60 times during a tour of Brazil, but conservatives have called it offensive to Christians and petitioned courts to ban its performances. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
October 19, 2017 - 12:03 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A couple of modern art exhibits and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, a nation whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend of conservatism. Protesters waved a Brazilian flag and shouted "No! No! Not our children!" to denounce...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 18, 2017 - 9:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal, frustrating Democratic lawmakers who wanted to link the...
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