Municipal governments

Holding a national Venezuelan flag, ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma waves from inside El Dorado international airport, as he prepares for departure, in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Ledezma, one of Venezuela's most prominent opposition leaders, said he plans to take his fight against Venezuela's socialist government to Europe after he escaped house arrest in Caracas, and fled to Colombia on Friday. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
November 18, 2017 - 8:20 am
MADRID (AP) — The ousted mayor of Caracas pledged to spread his protest against Venezuela's socialist government across the world as he arrived in Spain on Saturday, a day after escaping from house arrest and slipping past Venezuelan security forces into Colombia. Antonio Ledezma's flight from...
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November 17, 2017 - 10:07 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma has escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia. That's an apparent embarrassment for security forces who had been keeping close watch over one of the nation's most prominent opposition leaders. Colombian immigration authorities say in a...
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November 16, 2017 - 6:50 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia could move another step closer to gaining control of the city's struggling public school system after 16 years of state oversight. The School Reform Commission on Thursday is set to vote on whether to dissolve itself. Mayor Jim Kenney wants to replace the commission...
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November 15, 2017 - 3:43 pm
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body. Brookline approved changing the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board at a Town Meeting vote Tuesday. The title "selectman" has been replaced with "select board member." The five-member...
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November 15, 2017 - 11:53 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is threatening to sue a Pittsburgh city councilwoman for blocking constituents on Facebook. ACLU Legal Director Vic Walczak says City Councilwoman Darlene Harris is censoring critical comments from her Facebook page, and is thus...
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A woman mourns at an earthquake site in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Rescuers are digging through the debris of buildings felled by the Sunday earthquake in the border region of Iran and Iraq. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
November 14, 2017 - 11:53 am
SARPOL-E-ZAHAB, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people. In the Kurdish town of...
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FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Fane Lozman talks to a reporter in Miami Beach, Fla. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, to hear a First Amendment case brought by Lozeman, who previously won a landmark ruling from the justices on whether his floating home was a house, not a boat subject to easier government seizure under laws that govern ships and boats. This time, the justices agreed to hear a case in which Lozman sued after being arrested at a 2006 Riviera Beach City Council meeting. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
November 13, 2017 - 12:01 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a First Amendment case brought by a Florida man who previously won a landmark ruling from the justices on whether his floating home was a house, not a boat subject to easier government seizure under laws that govern ships and boats. This...
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In this Tuesday Feb. 14, 2017 photo, Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, center, is hugged after the Jacksonville City Council voted 12-6 to support the Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) in Jacksonville, Fla. At left are Rabbi Rick Shapiro, the Interim Senior Rabbi at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, and Nancy Broner, Executive Director of OneJax. At the U.S. Capitol, and in most statehouses nationwide, supporters of LGBT rights are unable to make major gains these days. Instead, they're notching victories in scores of cities and towns that have acted on their own in Republican-governed states. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union via AP)
November 13, 2017 - 10:42 am
Backers of gay and transgender rights have been making gains at the local level in unlikely places. They are notching victories in cities such as Morgantown, West Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and De Pere, Wisconsin, in passing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT residents. The action at the...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 file photo, president incumbent Borut Pahor looks at his counter-candidates ahead of a televised debate at Slovenia's public TV, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slovenia is holding a runoff presidential election on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, that is pitting President Borut Pahor against a challenger Marjan Sarec, a former actor. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file)
November 12, 2017 - 3:20 am
BLED, Slovenia (AP) — Voters in Slovenia are casting ballots in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor's bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from an ex-comedian who's now the mayor of a northern town. Pahor, a veteran politician known for his frequent use of social media, led by...
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November 11, 2017 - 12:41 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say fighters of the Islamic State group have regained control of a town near the border with Iraq that the government said it captured earlier this week. Boukamal, the last major IS stronghold in Syria, was taken by government soldiers and their allies on...
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