Local governments

July 04, 2020 - 11:15 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, news outlets reported. Protesters mobilized by the death of George...
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July 04, 2020 - 6:12 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials are set to begin the process of changing the names of two streets — one seen as demeaning to indigenous Native American women and the other glorifying the Confederacy. The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously this week to rename Squaw Peak Drive and Robert E. Lee...
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Javonnie Jackson, 9, left, sits with his grandmother Zoraida Rullan, 69, watching fireworks explode over Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, July 3, 2020, in Sarasota, Fl. The pair were reunited after nearly five months of separation due to the coronavirus. (Jonah Hinebaugh/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
July 04, 2020 - 5:36 pm
ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States, casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations. Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply...
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Emilyanne Wade, 12, left, looks on as Tricia Nora, a pediatric nurse practitioner, examines Sophia, Wade's baby doll, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in a medical clinic at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 04, 2020 - 11:11 am
SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome...
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Migrants who are seeking seasonal work harvest fruits stand in a square in Lleida, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Authorities in northeast Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county around the city of Lleida due to worrying outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. Catalan regional authorities announced Saturday, July 4, 2020 that as of noon local time movement will be restricted to and from the county of El Segriá around Lleida which is home to over 200,000 people. Residents will have until 4 p.m. to enter the area. The new outbreaks are linked to agricultural workers in the rural area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
July 04, 2020 - 9:58 am
LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so. As part of an army of cheap labor that follows the...
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Vendor Vivianne Robinson, wearing a mask to protect from the coronavirus, takes a photo with a pigeon perched on her hand along the Venice Beach strand, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Los Angeles. California's governor is urging people to wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings as the state's coronavirus tally rises. Newsom said he'd rely on people using common sense rather than strict enforcement of the face-covering order. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
July 04, 2020 - 1:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California counties that fail to enforce health orders could lose state funding, the governor warned as cases of the coronavirus jumped, prompting renewed closures of businesses and beaches heading into the Fourth of July weekend. With hospitalizations and infection rates rising...
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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)
July 03, 2020 - 11:29 pm
LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...
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Outgoing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, applauds newly named Prime Minister Jean Castex, after the handover ceremony in Paris, Friday, July 3, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)
July 03, 2020 - 1:26 pm
PARIS (AP) — The new French prime minister appointed Friday said he feels ready to face the key challenge of reviving France's economy following the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a two-month nationwide lockdown. The relatively low-profile Jean Castex, who coordinated France’s virus...
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A seagull flies past the statue of Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Unlike in the United States, Britain and Belgium, statues of colonial-era figures have not become a major source of protests in Spain, which once ruled over one of the largest empires in history after conquering much of the Americas. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau is one of the few public officials who say Spain must revisit its colonial legacy - though she is against timid calls to remove the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus. Instead, she tells The Associated Press that she encourages a public discussion about the Italian explorer whose landing in the Caribbean in 1492 gave birth to Spain’s overseas empire. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
July 03, 2020 - 6:34 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Christopher Columbus has been decapitated, defaced, or quietly removed for his own good from pedestals across the United States in the wake of the protests for racial justice sweeping the country. In Spain, however, he is still safe atop his many perches. Barcelona Mayor Ada...
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CORRECTS DATE - In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, July 2, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
July 03, 2020 - 6:09 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea's claim to not have had a single...
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