Local governments

Signs on a bank of computers tell visitors that the machines are not working at the public library in Wilmer, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 22, 2019 - 3:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cyberattacks that recently crippled nearly two dozen Texas cities have put other local governments on guard, offering the latest evidence that hackers can halt routine operations by locking up computers and public records and demanding steep ransoms. Government agencies that fail to...
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In this Monday, April 16, 2018, photo shows The Malheur Enterprise, a small weekly newspaper located in the agricultural town of Vale, east of Ontario, Ore. Journalists in Oregon and beyond have risen in defense of a small newspaper that is being investigated by a county sheriff for trying to get comments after business hours for an investigative story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote eastern Oregon town of Vale, say they are just doing their job. (E.J. Harris/East Oregonian via AP) /East Oregonian via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 1:47 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journalists are defending a small newspaper after a county attorney asked the sheriff to investigate whether a reporter broke the law by trying repeatedly to get comments from an official for a story. Staffers at the Malheur Enterprise, a weekly newspaper in the remote town of...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. The mayor of Philadelphia says on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that Ross is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department. Mayor Jim Kenney says that Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city as a whole and that he's disappointed to lose him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
August 20, 2019 - 10:07 pm
Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross...
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives to speak in the Blue Room at City Hall, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired Officer Daniel Pantaleo, involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national debate over race and police use of force. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 20, 2019 - 6:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio's relationship with New York City's police force was destined to be rocky. He took office promising to overhaul how the city's 36,000 officers interacted with the public, especially people of color. But Blasio's handling of one such interaction — the 2014 police...
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August 20, 2019 - 5:24 pm
DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department of Information Resources said in a statement that it...
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In this August 13, 2019 photo, freelance journalist Bryan Carmody is seen at a panel event held by the Society of Professional Journalists in San Francisco. A nonprofit is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a controversial police raid on Carmody. The First Amendment Coalition is seeking to know who within the police department authorized officers to search the home, office and phones of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody. Its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, also seeks to understand the role elected leaders played in a raid that alarmed journalism advocates. (AP Photo/Juliet Williams)
August 20, 2019 - 5:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit open government group is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a police raid on a freelance journalist. The First Amendment Coalition wants to find out if the police department authorized officers to...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019 file photo, signs warn about trespassing at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 outside of Rachel, Nev. Officials in Nevada's rural Lincoln County have drafted an emergency declaration and are planning with state officials to handle possible crowds that might arrive for an event next month dubbed "Storm Area 51." The county commission on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 conditionally approved two events in tiny desert towns near the site popularly known as the home of government studies of outer space aliens. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 20, 2019 - 2:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing they could be overwhelmed with visitors, officials in the remote Nevada county that's home to the Area 51 military base have drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to team resources with neighboring counties and the state ahead of events next month tied to the "Storm...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2019 file photo, horses warm up in the saddling enclosure ahead of Dubai Kahayla Classic at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai said Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that it had set up a special committee to "resolve multiple disputes" involving the government-owned developer Meydan as it faces a series of lawsuits amid an economic slowdown gripping the city-state. (AP/Martin Dokoupil, File)
August 20, 2019 - 12:58 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special committee will "resolve multiple disputes" involving a Dubai government-owned developer that faces a series of lawsuits, the city-state said Tuesday, a sign of renewed economic problems in this desert sheikhdom that's home to the world's tallest...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference, in New York. New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont have filed a new legal challenge to new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. James, a Democrat, says the change is a “clear violation” of American values and 100 years of case law. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 20, 2019 - 10:29 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state, New York City, Connecticut and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday over new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. The states and city join a...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters questions at a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Lam said she’s setting up a “communication platform” to resolve differences in the Chinese city, which has been wracked by months of chaotic anti-government protests. She also said a fact-finding study will look at the causes of the protests and the police response to them. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 20, 2019 - 4:17 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Facing pressure to end months of antigovernment protests, Hong Kong's leader pledged Tuesday to open up dialogue with city residents in an effort to narrow differences. However, Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered no concessions to the protest movement and a key organizer of the...
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