Local governments

December 13, 2019 - 3:59 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ransomware was detected after a suspected cyberattack prompted a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans on Friday, officials said. The city had not received any ransom demands as of Friday afternoon, however, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference. City...
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FILE - In this April, 10, 2018, file photo, Police Chief Brandon del Pozo speaks during a news conference in Burlington , Vt., The chief told The Associated Press on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, that he used an anonymous Twitter account in July to troll a government critic, and that he took six weeks of medical leave to seek mental health treatment after telling his story to the mayor. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)
December 13, 2019 - 2:45 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The police chief in Vermont's largest city used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic, he admitted this week. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo said that he took six weeks of medical leave to seek mental health treatment after telling his story to...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg listens to speeches before addressing the U.N. climate conference n Madrid, Spain. On Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, The Associated Press reported on a video circulating online and inaccurately described, in some social media posts, as showing Thunberg firing an AR-15 rifle. The shooter in the video is another young Swede named Emmy Slinge. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 13, 2019 - 12:47 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, Rapper turned political candidate, Brad "Scarface" Jordan, left, visits with voter Michele Lemon and her son outside of an early voting location in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Jordan is in a run-off against Carolyn Evans-Shabazz for a seat on the Houston City Council. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)
December 13, 2019 - 11:21 am
HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them:...
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Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in Islington, north London, Friday Dec. 13, 2019, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson led his Conservative Party to a landslide victory in Britain’s election that was dominated by Brexit. (Isabel Infantes/PA via AP)
December 13, 2019 - 10:35 am
GRIMSBY, England (AP) — Like the North Sea cod that was their livelihood, Conservative voters in the fishing town of Grimsby once seemed in danger of disappearing. In every election since 1945, voters in this port in eastern England elected a Labour Party lawmaker. Until this week. Grimsby, 200...
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A Tokyo 2020 banner stands in front of the Azumi Baseball Stadium, a venue for baseball and softball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 13, 2019 - 12:24 am
FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...
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In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
December 12, 2019 - 8:03 am
TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...
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This Dec. 5, 2019, photo shows the Detroit skyline. An Associated Press analysis finds that Detroit tops the list of cities that will be hardest to count in the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Associated Press
December 12, 2019 - 12:10 am
DETROIT (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people next year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Other Rust Belt towns that have...
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Orthodox Jewish men carry the casket with Mindel Ferencz outside a Brooklyn synagogue, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in New York. Her funeral will be in Jersey City. Ferencz was killed Tuesday in the shooting inside a Jersey City, N.J., food market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Associated Press
December 11, 2019 - 6:52 pm
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Fears that a deadly shooting at a Jewish market in Jersey City was an anti-Semitic attack mounted on Wednesday as authorities recounted how a man and woman deliberately pulled up to the place in a stolen rental van with at least one rifle and got out firing. A day after the...
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In this April 16, 2019, photo, attendees take a close look at cars from BYD at the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. China's electric car sales are stalling following the end of multibillion-dollar subsidies that made it the biggest market for the technology. Communist leaders want to make China a leader in electric cars but are shifting the burden to the industry by imposing mandatory sales quotas (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
December 10, 2019 - 3:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — Looking for a new car, Yang Zhibo considered an electric but balked at prices that are thousands of dollars higher after Beijing wound down multibillion-dollar subsidies that made China the biggest market for the technology. The 27-year-old employee of a beverage distributor picked a...
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