Local governments

Irma Baralija poses in front of the Old Bridge, one of Bosnia's best known landmarks in Mostar, Bosnia, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Bosnia's ethnically divided southern city of Mostar is holding its first local election in 12 years. The vote on Sunday ends a political stalemate between two nationalist parties representing ethnic groups that has prevented Mostar’s citizens from democratically electing their local legislators. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
December 19, 2020 - 6:44 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Irma Baralija is looking forward to Sunday, when she intends to vote and hopes to win her race as the southern Bosnian city of Mostar holds its first local election in 12 years. To make that vote possible in her hometown, the 36-year-old Baralija had to sue...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks past reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 18, 2020 - 10:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night, averting a partial government shutdown and buying yet more time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. The virus aid talks remained on track, both sides...
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a press conference at City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. She discussed the video of Chicago police mistakenly searching the wrong house and said the city will no longer withhold video from residents seeking police records of their own incidents. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
December 18, 2020 - 9:25 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Pastors disturbed over how Chicago police treated a Black woman whose home was the target of a wrong raid spoke with the mayor Friday, demanding more information about the 2019 incident and the city's efforts to keep a lid on bodycam video. It was the latest development in the case...
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This photo provided by The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office shows an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in Rainsville, Ala. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in the small north Alabama town on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
December 18, 2020 - 8:37 pm
RAINSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say they've busted an illegal winery that was operating at a municipal sewage plant in a small north Alabama town. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement it received an anonymous tip about an alcohol operation at a municipal building in...
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A family member of a freed schoolboy cries as she waits for a reunion with her son in Katsina Nigeria Friday Dec. 18, 2020. More than 300 schoolboys kidnapped last week in an attack on their school in northwest Nigeria have arrived in the capital of Katsina state to celebrate their release. The boys were abducted one week ago from the all-boys Government Science Secondary School in Kankara in Katsina state village. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
December 18, 2020 - 8:28 pm
KATSINA, Nigeria (AP) — Bleary, barefoot, apparently numbed by a week of captivity, more than 300 Nigerian schoolboys, freed after being kidnapped in an attack on their school, were welcomed by the governor of Katsina state and Nigeria’s president on Friday. Reunions with their parents began late...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, right, talks at a news conference at the Mosaic Pre-K Center while Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, listens on the first day of school in New York. New York City is changing its admission system for hundreds of middle and high schools, officials said Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in announcing one of the most significant steps the nation's largest school system has taken in years to address racial segregation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 18, 2020 - 6:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is changing its admission system for hundreds of middle and high schools, officials said Friday in announcing one of the most significant steps the nation's largest school system has taken in years to address racial segregation. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is...
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FILE —In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, New York City Sheriff's deputies stand outside Mac's Public House after co-owner Danny Presti was arrested, in the Staten Island borough of New York. A crackdown on COVID-19 restriction violators has drawn attention to a sheriff in New York City few knew existed. Sheriff Joseph Fucito has worn the badge for the past six years in a civil-enforcement post that hasn’t carried the notoriety of his counterparts with roots in Wild West folklore. (Steve White via AP, File)
December 18, 2020 - 10:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Raids. Checkpoints. Late-night busts. It's all been part of the job for the lawman tasked with enforcing New York City's COVID-19 restrictions. The pandemic crackdown by the New York City Sheriff’s Office raises the question: Is there a new sheriff in a town that barely knew it had...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti poses in front of a sprawling downtown Los Angeles landscape. Garcetti has taken his name out of consideration for a possible post in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
December 18, 2020 - 3:33 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not long ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti looked like he was going places. The two-term Democrat who considered a 2020 White House run became part of Joe Biden’s inner circle, then emerged as a widely discussed possibility to join the president-elect’s Cabinet. That isn't...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks past reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 17, 2020 - 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a hurry up and wait moment on Capitol Hill as congressional negotiators on a must-pass, almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package struggled through a handful of remaining snags on Thursday. The holdups mean a weekend session now appears virtually certain, and a top...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat passes President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump's expected move to his Mar-a-Lago club after he leaves office next month is being challenged by a lawyer who says a 1990s agreement allowing Trump to convert the property into a business prohibits anyone from living there, including him. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 17, 2020 - 2:28 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's expected move to his Mar-a-Lago club after he leaves office next month is being challenged by a lawyer who says a 1990s agreement allowing Trump to convert the Florida property into a business prohibits anyone from living there, including him...
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