Local governments

September 28, 2019 - 12:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A county administrator in Texas is apologizing for saying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott "hates trees because one fell on him." The Texas Tribune reports that the comment made Friday by Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, a Democrat, during a panel discussion was first reported in a...
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Protestors crowd a street in Hong Kong, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. A pro-democracy rally in downtown Hong Kong has ended early amid sporadic violence, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon after protesters threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at government offices. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 28, 2019 - 11:07 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A massive pro-democracy rally Saturday in downtown Hong Kong ended early after violence broke out, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon after protesters threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at government buildings. Police said in a statement that "radical protesters" lobbed...
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Demonstrators gather near a statue depicting a protester during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Hong Kong police said Friday that students account for 29% of nearly 1,600 people detained in anti-democracy protests since June and urged young people to take the "straight and narrow path" as more major rallies loom this weekend. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 27, 2019 - 9:26 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said that students accounted for 29% of nearly 1,600 people detained in pro-democracy protests since June and urged young people to take the "straight and narrow path" as more major rallies are planned this weekend. Police public relations chief Tse Chun-chung said...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a question during a community dialogue with selected participants at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Scores of protesters chanted slogans outside the venue as Lam began the town hall session Thursday aimed at cooling down months of demonstrations for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 26, 2019 - 9:02 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam came under a barrage of criticism at a town hall session Thursday, with citizens accusing her government of turning a deaf ear to months of protests calling for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The community dialogue was the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, a city worker uses a power washer to clean the sidewalk by a tent city along Division Street in San Francisco. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlined the complaints Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 in a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 26, 2019 - 1:53 pm
California is failing to protect its waters from pollution, partly because of a worsening problem with homelessness in large cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler outlined a series of alleged...
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FILE - In this June 9 2008 file photo, former French President Jacques Chirac reacts during the ceremony to officially launch the "Fondation Chirac" in Paris. Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, has died at age 86. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
September 26, 2019 - 9:53 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on former French President Jacques Chirac's death (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is paying tribute to the late French President Jacques Chirac, calling him a "remarkable personality" and a "dear friend." In a statement issued Thursday,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at a gun control advocacy event in Las Vegas. Bloomberg announced Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 that his philanthropy is partnering with California on its project to launch a satellite tracking greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 25, 2019 - 6:43 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with California to use satellites to track climate pollutants. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet on Wednesday. It builds on former...
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In this photo dated 2009, risk of part of the Planpincieux glacier breaking off amid climate warming in the Alps has prompted Italian authorities to forbid hikers and tourists from a section of the Val Ferrat area, shown in this June 2009 photo from the famed Tour du Mont Blanc trail outside Courmayeur, Italy. The fast-moving Italian glacier is melting quickly, threatening the picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur and prompting Mayor Stefano Miserocchi to close down a mountain road. (AP Photo / Randall Hackley)
September 25, 2019 - 4:55 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. Courmayeur mayor Stefano Miserocchi closed down a mountain road and banned access to part of the...
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September 25, 2019 - 4:16 pm
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's tentative legal settlement over the toll of the nation's opioid crisis is unlikely to reverse the consequences of the epidemic in the hardest-hit towns and regions, according to a report released Wednesday. Purdue reached a tentative deal this month to resolve the...
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People walk photos showing the recent protests with words "The days the Hong Kong people have passed" at a pedestrian overhead bridge in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday, Sept. 24 she doesn't expect a town hall meeting this week to find answers to the months-long pro-democracy protests but hopes it will be a step forward in the "long journey" to reconciliation. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 25, 2019 - 5:36 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A senior Chinese official in Hong Kong expressed confidence Wednesday in the ability of local authorities to restore calm to the protest-wracked city. While not definitive, his comments reinforce thinking that the Chinese government is not preparing to intervene, even though the...
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