Municipal governments

October 02, 2019 - 7:15 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration ratcheted up its feud with California on Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice accusing San Francisco of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Last month, President Donald Trump warned of a potential violation notice, saying...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco. Juul Labs said Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, that it will stop supporting a ballot measure to overturn an anti-vaping law in San Francisco, effectively killing the campaign. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File)
October 01, 2019 - 1:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A campaign to defeat an industry-backed e-cigarette measure on San Francisco's ballot will push on despite the announcement by Juul Labs Inc. that it will stop financially supporting the proposal to overturn a city ban on e-cigarettes and vape product sales. The San Francisco...
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A child waves a national flag behind a police barricade line as Chinese military vehicles and floats in preparation for the parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. China's ruling Communist Party is preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary in power with a parade showcasing the country's economic growth and newest weapons.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 30, 2019 - 6:52 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Hong Kong's acting leader has said at a reception marking 70 years of communist rule in China that his city has become "unrecognizable" because of the violent protests consuming the...
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In this Aug. 21, 2019 photo, instructor Chris Powicki speaks during an interview at Cape Cod Community College in West Barnstable, Mass. Powicki's Offshore Wind 101 classes have drawn nuclear and marina workers, engineers, young people and others hoping for good-paying wind jobs as an alternative to tourism jobs. But as Trump has made clear how much he hates wind turbines, all the offshore wind projects, including the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind project, an 84 turbine, $2.8 billion wind farm slated to rise 15 miles off Martha's Vineyard, have stalled. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
September 30, 2019 - 5:12 am
BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the U.S. wind boom now is...
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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 - 6:26 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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Emergency personnel respond after a reported gas leak early Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in Lawrence, Mass. About 100 people have been evacuated from their homes and two schools have been closed in response to a natural gas leak in the Massachusetts city affected a year ago by a series of gas explosions and fires. Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said the leak in a high-pressure line was discovered around 3:15 a.m. Friday and that the volume of gas released was in the "explosive range." No explosions or fires have been reported. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 11:35 am
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of residents evacuated because of a natural gas leak in a Massachusetts city affected by gas explosions and fires last year will soon be able to return home. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera said Friday that electricity and gas are gradually being restored and that the...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks 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 a stadium in downtown Hong Kong as embattled city leader Carrie Lam began a 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 27, 2019 - 12:37 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's beleaguered leader Carrie Lam faced her public with humility, but she may not get the response she hoped for. In a face-off with an antagonistic audience, Lam quietly took blow after blow as citizens at a town hall session Thursday vented anger at her refusal to give...
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September 26, 2019 - 10:09 am
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 Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks to reporters' during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong. Riot police have begun securing a stadium in downtown Hong Kong ahead of a town hall session by city leader Carrie Lam aimed at cooling down months of protests for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
September 26, 2019 - 3:17 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Riot police on Thursday secured a stadium in downtown Hong Kong for a town hall session by embattled city leader Carrie Lam aimed at cooling down months of protests for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The community dialogue with 150 participants,...
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September 25, 2019 - 1:16 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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