Local governments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 14, 2020 - 7:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Washington negotiators continued to reach for a long-delayed agreement on COVID-19 relief on Monday, but rank-and-file Democrats appeared increasingly resigned to having to drop, for now, a scaled-back demand for fiscal relief for states and local governments whose budgets...
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FILE - This March 5, 2013, file photo, shows Trinidad Drilling rigs near Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. Congressional Republicans say they are against providing additional coronavirus aid to state and local governments because they claim it would “bail out” states run by Democrats. But the pandemic-induced tax drop-off is hitting Democratic and Republican states alike. Among states hit hard are those led by Republicans, including energy-dependent Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming, and tourism-heavy Florida. (Leah Millis/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
December 13, 2020 - 3:08 pm
No “blue state bailout" is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral. Yet it's not just Democratic states asking for help amid plunging tax revenue, rising...
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FILE - El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser speaks during a city meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in El Paso, Texas. El Paso residents have elected a new mayor, handing a defeat to incumbent Mayor Dee Margo in favor of his predecessor, Oscar Leeser, in a runoff race defined by the city’s coronavirus crisis. Leeser, who was mayor of the West Texas city on the Mexican border from 2013 through 2017, won with an overwhelming 82% of the vote, according to El Paso County's unofficial tally. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, file)
December 13, 2020 - 11:57 am
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso residents have elected a new mayor, handing a defeat to incumbent Mayor Dee Margo in favor of his predecessor, Oscar Leeser, in a runoff race defined by the city’s coronavirus crisis. Leeser, who was mayor of the West Texas city on the Mexican border from 2013 through...
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Signs posted on the door of the Luscious Salon advises customers about the pandemic guidelines followed, Lodi, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Lodi, a city of just under 68,000 people, is part of the San Joaquin Valley region. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in California's San Joaquin Valley and filling its hospitals. It has the fewest available intensive care unit beds of any region in California, a frightening reality that health officials hope will convince more people to wear masks and socially distance. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
December 12, 2020 - 10:48 pm
BALTIMORE — The U.S. has recorded more than 16 million cases of COVID-19, by far the most of any country in the world, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. Cases of the virus have been rising across much of the U.S., causing record death totals in recent days. India and Brazil are...
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Albanian protesters run away from teargas during a protest rally in Tirana, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Demonstrators in a northern Albanian city damaged the left-wing governing Socialist Party's offices and injured a police officer Saturday, authorities said, as part of ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
December 12, 2020 - 2:02 pm
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police swiftly dispersed a smaller crowd of demonstrators Saturday as part of their ongoing protests this week after a fatal shooting by police enforcing a coronavirus curfew. A higher police presence, including water cannon trucks, had surrounded the main government...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, customers have lunch at an outside table as a table inside sits empty at Serafina Ludlow restaurant in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reinstated indoor dining restrictions indefinitely in the city on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb. Starting Monday, Dec. 14, only takeout orders and outdoor dining will be allowed in the city. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
December 11, 2020 - 4:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be banned again in an effort to halt the coronavirus resurgence, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday in an announcement that could foretell a grim winter for one of the city's most important industries. As of Monday, only takeout orders and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for the start of jury selection in his sexual assault trial in New York. The convicted former movie producer is expected to appear briefly via video from a New York prison Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, as part of legal efforts to send him to California to face sexual assault charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
December 11, 2020 - 12:01 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Convicted former movie producer Harvey Weinstein will remain in a New York prison for now after his lawyers and prosecutors agreed Friday to postpone efforts to send him to California to face sexual assault charges. Weinstein appeared via video from prison before Erie County...
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Patrons pick up their food to go orders at Simmzy's restaurant counter before sitting to consume their meals at a "Public Parklet" outdoors area in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. In the Southern California oceanside city of Manhattan Beach, one arm of government is urging residents to stay home except for essential needs while another is encouraging them to get out and shop and even providing places where they can sit down to relax, eat takeout and watch the sun set on the Pacific. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 11, 2020 - 12:41 am
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — In the Southern California oceanside city of Manhattan Beach, one arm of government is urging residents to stay home except for essential needs while another is encouraging them to get out and shop and even providing places where they can sit down to relax, eat...
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Protesters stand behind barricades at their encampment outside a home in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Makeshift barricades erected by protesters are still up in Oregon's largest city a day after Portland police arrested about a dozen people in a clash over gentrification and the eviction of a family from a home. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
December 10, 2020 - 11:19 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gentrification protest in Oregon's largest city that has blockaded several city blocks in Portland entered its third day Thursday as demonstrators dressed in black and wearing ski masks shored up their makeshift barriers aimed at keeping police out. The fencing, lumber and...
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FILE - In this June 7, 2020, file photo, Alondra Cano, a City Council member, speaks during "The Path Forward" meeting at Powderhorn Park on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Minneapolis. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2020, the Minneapolis City Council will decide whether to shrink the city's police department while violent crime is already soaring and redirect funding toward alternatives for reducing violence. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP, File)
December 10, 2020 - 2:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible...
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