Municipal governments

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2016, file photo illustration, a person types on a laptop in Florida. Riviera Beach, Fla., agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. Spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Wednesday, June 19, 2019, that the city of 35,000 residents has been working with outside security consultants, who recommended the ransom be paid. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
June 19, 2019 - 11:51 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the...
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, at podium, surrounded by city officials and LA Sanitation and Environment employees, addresses the city's homelessness problem at a news conference in Los Angeles Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall campaign. The low-key mayor who in 2016 helped convince voters to borrow $1.2 billion to construct housing for the homeless has found himself forced to explain why the problems have only gotten worse. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
June 19, 2019 - 9:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't create the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, but he owns it. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall...
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Queens District Attorney candidate Tiffany Caban, far right, and New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, third from left, join a coalition of civil rights activists at a press conference, calling for an investigation of former Assistant District Attorney Linda Fairstein, Tuesday June 11, 2019, in New York. The group is "demanding" that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance appoint an independent investigation to review Fairstein's roll in the rape conviction of the "Central Five," who were all exonerated by DNA evidence-- supporting their claim of false conviction. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
June 19, 2019 - 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An election for district attorney in the New York City borough of Queens has become an unexpected proving ground in the Democratic presidential primary as two leading 2020 candidates offered their endorsements. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders endorsed Tiffany Caban, an...
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In a Thursday, May 30, 2019 photo, Sonja Houston expressed dismay that someone dumped a large pile of trash in her yard to Kansas City mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas, who was going door-to-door in the Ruskin Heights neighborhood. Quinton faces Jolie Justus in the mayoral election Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:56 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmates stand guard as flames from the Butte Fire approach a containment line near San Andreas, Calif. Attorneys representing 14 local governments said Tuesday, June 18, 2019 that they had reached a $1 billion settlement with California utility Pacific Gas & Electric for a series of fires dating to 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 18, 2019 - 6:38 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility blamed for igniting several wildfires caused by downed power lines that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments. Attorneys representing 14 local public entities announced the...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves after a press conference at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Lam apologized Tuesday for an unpopular extradition bill that drew massive protests and indicated that it will not be revived during the current legislative session. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 18, 2019 - 9:19 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and activists rejected a new apology Tuesday by the city's leader over a highly unpopular extradition bill, demanding that she quit and that the legislation be scrapped completely. Lam's plea for "another chance" drew a chorus of criticism, though...
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Family members embrace one another during a vigil for Eric Logan Monday, June 17, 2019 on Washington Street in South Bend, Ind. Logan, 54, was killed in South Bend early Sunday after someone called police to report a suspicious person going through cars, according to the St. Joseph County prosecutor's office. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 10:29 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg pulled himself off the presidential campaign trail Monday after the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in his hometown forced him to confront issues of race and policing. The Democrat canceled several days of...
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Dravon Ames, left, and Iesha Harper pause as they listen to a question during a news conference at Phoenix City Hall, Monday, June 17, 2019, in Phoenix. Ames and his pregnant fiancée, Harper, who had guns aimed at them by Phoenix police during a response to a shoplifting report say they don't accept the apologies of the city's police chief and mayor and want the officers involved to be fired.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 17, 2019 - 9:38 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A man and his pregnant fiancée said Monday that they want Phoenix to fire the officers who pointed guns and yelled profanities at them after their 4-year-old daughter took a doll from a store. Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, who are both black, said at a news conference that they don't...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, medical staff tend to a wounded at a local hospital in the aftermath of an earthquake in Changning County of Yibin City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, early Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed and injured some, officials and news reports said. (Wan Min/Xinhua via AP)
June 17, 2019 - 8:53 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake that hit Sichuan province in southern China late Monday night killed 11 people and injured 122, the local government said. The Yibin city government posted the casualty toll on its social media accounts Tuesday morning. Xinhua news agency said rescue efforts were...
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Protesters hold a poster as they chant slogans near the Legislative Council as they continuing protest against the unpopular extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, June 17, 2019. A member of Hong Kong's Executive Council says the city's leader plans to apologize again over her handling of a highly unpopular extradition bill. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 17, 2019 - 7:17 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office of the city's leader, demanding that she resign for the crisis over an unpopular extradition bill that has tested the durability of China's promises to respect the former British colony's quasi-autonomy. The mostly young...
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