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Former Mayor’s Name Lingers All Over Boston

When mayors put their stamps on cities, their legacies often remain physically.

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FOIA-Tracking Websites Gain Steam in D.C., New York City

A new public-records tool in the nation’s capital comes amid criticism of Mayor Vincent Gray’s government.

Virginia Counties May Withdraw From Broadband Initiative

But will Roanoke be perceived as being a technological backwater?


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New Court Decision Might Make Health Insurance Unaffordable in the Poorest States

Halbig v. Burwell threatens to undo the Obamacare subsidies that millions of people in more than half the country rely on to buy insurance.

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Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico

Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can't actually detain anyone? That's what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking.

Another piece of Detroit's grand bargain fell into place.

Pensioners in Bankrupt Detroit OK Tough Cuts

CIty retirees will see a 4.5 percent pension cut and lose annual inflation adjustments.

What's Behind the Backlash to Houston's 'One Bin for All' Program

The city is forging ahead with an unprecedented single-bin combined waste collection and recycling plan. But it may want to reconsider ditching tried-and-true methods.

A county clerk in Key West, Florida, is ready to issue gay marriage licenses.

County Clerk in Florida Ready to Issue Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

But a judge's ruling Monday afternoon will put any gay weddings in Key West on hold.

A South Texas Border Patrol vehicle removes tracks in 2013.

Why Border-State Gubernatorial Candidates Can't Solve Their Voters' Most Pressing Issue

Immigration is a hot-button issue, so border-state politicians talk a big game about it. There's only one problem.

A boat navigates Bristol Bay in 2007.

EPA Moves to Thwart Huge Alaskan Copper and Gold Mine

Bristol Bay is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run.

Local leaders in the Charlotte area are upset with a proposed move to block a local sales tax to help pay teachers.

North Carolina Might Block Counties Looking to Boost Teacher Pay

Local control remains a contentious issue in the Tar Heel State.

One California lawmaker is pushing a plan in Sacramento that would mandate businesses in the state with five or more employees and offer no retirement plan to deduct 3 percent of worker wages.

Lawmakers Look at State-Sponsored IRAs for Private-Sector Workers

Several states are examining setting up mandatory retirement plans for businesses that don’t offer one.

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Where Will the Next U.S. Earthquake Hit?

USGS maps offer cross-agency team new insights into the nation's seismic risks.