- Court orders Bill Richardson to attend driving school Updated: May-27-16 5:47 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is pleading no contest to charges of driving away from a traffic accident without notice.
- Governor signs financial rescue package for Atlantic City Updated: May-27-16 5:07 pm
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, New Jersey - Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash.
- Minneapolis approves mandatory paid sick leave ordinance Updated: May-27-16 4:15 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Thousands of people who work in Minneapolis will gain eligibility for paid sick time starting next summer under an ordinance approved Friday.
- Concert on beach heralds start of summer at Jersey shore Updated: May-27-16 4:09 pm
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, New Jersey - As he belted out the words to "Nothin' But A Good Time," Poison singer Bret Michaels gave voice to the plans of residents and revelers alike as the unofficial start of summer arrived at the Jersey shore.
- Judge in New Orleans jail case criticizes communication gaps Updated: May-27-16 4:09 pm
NEW ORLEANS - The judge overseeing a hearing on whether the New Orleans sheriff should be stripped of control of the city's jail Friday criticized the lack of communication between various government agencies.
- Spoleto Festival USA begins 40th season in South Carolina Updated: May-27-16 3:18 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened Friday amid tributes to the men who established the internationally known art festival and remembrances of the nine people fatally shot in a city church last year during a Bible study.
- Duterte wins Philippine presidency in official count Updated: May-27-16 10:59 am
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine lawmakers completed the official vote count from May 9 elections on Friday and announced that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency by an overwhelming margin, while Rep. Leni Robredo triumphed as vice president.
- Western Maryland town of Friendsville proposes fracking ban Updated: May-27-16 10:36 am
FRIENDSVILLE, Maryland - The western Maryland town of Friendsville is proposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its jurisdiction.
- Fundraising proving slow for $36M science center in Bismarck Updated: May-27-16 9:36 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - The Bismarck City Commission has extended a land deed for a proposed $36 million science center by more than two years, to give the Gateway to Science organizers more time to raise money.
- Kenai vandalism costs thousands in damage Updated: May-27-16 9:02 am
KENAI, Alaska - Authorities are investigating after a vandal caused thousands of dollars in damage at a Kenai library, leaving staff unsure whether they'll be able to fund the replacement of the destroyed items.
- Jennings City Council ousts mayor Updated: May-27-16 8:26 am
JENNINGS, Missouri - The embattled mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Jennings has been removed from office.
- State-appointed board votes to restore Flint council powers Updated: May-27-16 6:45 am
FLINT, Michigan - A state-appointed board has voted in favor of restoring powers to Flint City Council as the city moves out of state oversight.
- State agency threatens to shut down Atlanta streetcar Updated: May-27-16 4:38 am
ATLANTA - State transportation authorities have threatened to shut down the Atlanta Streetcar next month unless the city resolves dozens of problems outlined in recent audits.
- Oklahoma lawmakers OK bill expanding strong beer, wine sales Updated: May-26-16 7:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans will decide whether to expand access to alcohol in the state and permit cold strong beer and wine to be sold in grocery and convenience stores under legislation state lawmakers approved Thursday.
- California mayors press for freeway cameras amid shootings Updated: May-26-16 4:57 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Five Northern California mayors called on the governor Thursday to install surveillance cameras on freeways that run through their cities amid a spate of deadly shootings that they say have left their communities "under siege."
- Poor suburb softens on merger with Cleveland Updated: May-26-16 4:56 pm
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Leaders of one of Ohio's poorest cities have dropped their opposition to being annexed by neighboring Cleveland, a shift East Cleveland residents hope could provide basic services the city hasn't been able to afford for years.
- Judge: Closed meetings in Columbus broke Open Meetings Act Updated: May-26-16 3:49 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A judge says the city of Columbus can't hold split meetings of its city council to avoid open meetings requirements.
- Mexico: Townspeople kidnap lawmakers to seek mayor's ouster Updated: May-26-16 2:55 pm
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico - A group of indigenous Mexicans kidnapped two lawmakers in the southern state of Chiapas, held them overnight and finally freed them unharmed Thursday after the state congress agreed to replace the mayor of their town.
- Judge: Hearing to remove DeBary mayor can move ahead Updated: May-26-16 2:38 pm
DELAND, Florida - A hearing over the removal of a small central Florida city's mayor can move ahead.
- Clashes, oil blockades over France's economic future Updated: May-26-16 2:28 pm
PARIS - Volley after volley of tear gas poisoned the Paris air Thursday, as authorities struggled against nationwide strikes and a groundswell of public anger at a high-stakes government attempt to change the way France views work.
- Egypt: Muslim mob attacks Christians, parade naked woman Updated: May-26-16 2:21 pm
CAIRO - An armed Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman and paraded her naked on the streets in an attack last week in which seven Christian homes were also looted and torched in a province south of the Egyptian capital.
- Indiana law change reduces state audits of local government Updated: May-26-16 1:50 pm
MUNCIE, Indiana - Local governments will see fewer audits due to a recent change in Indiana state law.
- Salt Lake City council wary of unlimited building heights Updated: May-26-16 1:06 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Members of Salt Lake City's council say they are concerned about scrapping limits on building heights at the downtown convention center to allow a tall hotel to be built on the property.
- Group: Police wrongly threaten homeless, order them to move Updated: May-26-16 12:46 pm
NEW YORK - The New York Police Department is violating homeless people's rights by ordering them to "move along" in public places, a civil liberties group said Thursday in a complaint to the city's Human Rights Commission.
- Baltimore officials recertify April primary election results Updated: May-26-16 12:11 pm
BALTIMORE - Elections officials have recertified the results of Baltimore's primary election after the state review, starting the clock for any recount requests or court challenges.