In a verdant mountainous area in western Spain, the tiny village of Higuera de la Serena has a big problem.
Residents work for free with local authorities unable to pay a wage. CNN's Al Goodman reports.
A District of Columbia City Council member who was charged Thursday with taking thousands of dollars' worth of district property and filing false tax returns has resigned.
A federal judge Wednesday dismissed a bankruptcy petition filed by Harrisburg's City Council, saying that it violated state law.
The former city administrator of Bell, California -- who's at the center of corruption allegations that he and seven other city officials misappropriated $5.5 million in salaries and personal loans -- is suing the city for breach of contract and labor code violations.
The city council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, voted to file for bankruptcy protection Tuesday night.
For best friends Donna Fairchild and Melanie Giarratana, lunch on Mondays was a time for girl talk and small-town gossip. There was plenty to discuss in late January as the women settled into their seats at The 19th Hole, a hillside restaurant popular with the locals in this resort town some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a nonbinding agreement with a developer Tuesday on the general terms on building a privately financed $1.2 billion stadium to lure the return of an NFL team.
The mayor of Uvalda, Georgia, expresses his concerns over a new immigration law, currently facing its own legal battle.
A Cairo Administrative Court Tuesday ordered the dissolution of local municipal councils that were elected under former President Hosni Mubarak.
In an attempt to rescue Harrisburg from bankruptcy, the state released a financial recovery plan on Monday that would consolidate government offices and services, freeze wages and sell a trash plant that has left the city millions of dollars in debt.
Jay Carson is CEO of the newly formed C40 Clinton Climate Initiative, which combines previous efforts led by former President Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leverage big cities in the fight against global warming. He'll have a budget this year of $12 million and a staff of 65.
In ordinary times, Minamisoma ("south" Minami) is a bustling little city of about 71,000 that sits along the Pacific coast line in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, about 150 miles north of Tokyo.
Voters in scandal-ridden Bell, California, voted resoundingly to recall four controversial council members, according to election results reported Thursday.
Police say single bullet wounds were found in the heads of Donna Fairchild and her husband. KLAS reports.
A Nevada city councilwoman who faced possible sanctions over a travel expense voucher and public comments was found dead with her husband Tuesday, hours before a City Council meeting that had the issues involving her on its agenda, officials said.
Mayors from around the world have signed a voluntary pact committing them to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions at a climate summit in Mexico City.
Mayor Lois Jackson, Delta, BC, Canada, on reducing carbon emissions by promoting green jobs.
The World Mayor's Summit highlights action to combat climate change in urban areas. What would you ask city leaders?
"It was so real and raw and moving," the talk show host tells the Texas politician
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted the former city administrator of Vernon, California, an industrial city that borders scandal-plagued Bell, on three felony counts after an investigation into questionable business practices.
A former California city manager who was arrested in September in a pay scandal has paid his bail and left jail, officials said
The former city manager of Bell, California, who was arrested in a pay scandal, is released on bail.
A judge set bail at $2 million Wednesday for a former California city manager who was arrested last month and is facing criminal charges in a case that the Los Angeles County District Attorney has described "corruption on steroids."
The future of the beleaguered Bell, California, City Council is unclear.
The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, was arrested Tuesday on charges he took bribes to protect contracts or obtain business contracts with the city, the state attorney general said.
Two officials involved in a Bell, California, salary scandal that sparked outrage over allegedly excessive pay posted bail Wednesday evening after showing that their bail funds come from legitimate sources.
During an interview with Rick Sanchez, Jerry Brown vows to chase down corruption in other California cities.
Three current or former Bell, California, city officials, accused of misappropriation of public funds, won bail reduction Wednesday.
District Attorney Steve Cooley announces the arrests of 8 former and current city officials in Bell, California.
Eight current and former Bell, California, city officials arrested and charged Tuesday with misappropriation of funds and making or receiving illegal loans demonstrated "corruption on steroids," the Los Angeles County district attorney said.
California's attorney general Wednesday sued eight former and current municipal officials in a small Los Angeles suburb, where ultra-high salaries sparked local outrage and national attention.
A town mayor was gunned down and killed in his office Wednesday afternoon in central Mexico, state and federal officials said.
The mayor of El Naranjo, Mexico, in the central state of San Luis Potosi was gunned down and killed inside his office Wednesday, officials said.
The city of Biloxi, Mississippi, is in a financial rut. Its sales and gaming taxes have been sliding for two years. So the mayor is voluntarily taking a $90,000 pay cut and will supplement his income with retirement money.
A worker was paid for 12 years without ever showing up for work at a Norfolk, Virginia, agency funded by federal, state and local money, officials say.
The budding reality star wants to fill the Alaska office once occupied by Sarah Palin
California's attorney general on Monday ordered city of Bell officials past and present to turn over financial records and give depositions under oath in coming weeks on high salaries that prompted public protests and resignations.
Residents of Bell, California, are furious at overpaid officials while the town struggles. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.
City council members in the small California town of Bell -- where outrage over high salaries forced three officials to resign last week -- voted Monday night to slash their pay.
In response to public outcry at city officials' high salaries, the Bell, California, mayor on Monday announced he will finish his term working without pay and will not seek re-election.
Three officials in a Los Angeles suburb whose high salaries sparked statewide outrage will step down from their jobs, the city's mayor said Friday.
CNN's Don Lemon talks to a close friend of a Texas mayor who examiners say killed her daughter, then herself.
Elections usually can be counted on to bring change, but in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, there is one constant that a trip to the ballot box seems unlikely to alter.
In the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Pittston, the seemingly manageable issue of garbage became a much bigger problem than anyone could have ever anticipated.
Last fall, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg won his campaign to extend the city's mayoral term limits from two four-year terms to three. Next week, he'll see if voters think he should serve a third term.
The mayor of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday ended a six-day hunger strike protesting the government of President Hugo Chavez.
The mayor of Venezuela's capital on Tuesday was completing his fifth day of a hunger strike in protest of what he called harassment and interference from President Hugo Chavez.
The mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been quarantined in China after possible exposure to the H1N1 virus, his office said Sunday.
Last year, Sam Adams won a landslide victory against 12 other candidates to become mayor of Portland, Oregon. Now he faces a growing effort to toss him from that office.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on a mayor's recall campaign based on his past affair with a male intern.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday will lay out details of a plan to cut an additional $1 billion from the city budget and lay off as many as 23,000 city employees, according to a press release from the Mayor's office.
The New York City Council on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term.
Bob Riley wanted to help. It was Sunday, Oct. 5, and the Alabama governor was on the phone with Neel Kashkari, a Treasury Department official who the next day would be named by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as interim leader of the government's just-approved $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. But Riley couldn't wait for Kashkari's role to become official. He needed to impress upon the new bailout boss the seriousness of the exploding financial crisis in Jefferson County, home to Birmingham. Riley argued that it was urgent that the federal government come to the aid of his state - now.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll ask the City Council to amend the term limits law so he can run for a third.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday he is asking the city council to change the office's two-term limit to allow him to run for a third term.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to try to reverse the term-limits law he had long supported so he can seek a third term next year and help the city emerge from financial turmoil
Is Gov. Sarah Palin overshadowing Sen. John McCain? CNN's Carol Costello reports.
It was the night before Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was to accept the Republican vice presidential nomination in a nationally televised speech, and Becky Moore couldn't sleep a wink.
A defiant Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick addressed Detroit on Thursday night listing what he said the city had accomplished under his leadership just hours after announcing his resignation amid a sex and perjury scandal.
The end of the long-running soap opera over Detroit's mayor could help the Democrats in Michigan. At least, that's the hope
There aren't very many of them, despite the gains of women nationwide. But in a growing number of localities, females have banded together -- and brought about change
The Detroit City Council has taken the first step toward removing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick over a scandal involving explicit text messages to his former aide
Kwame Kilpatrick isn't about to resign gracefully in the face of perjury charges. In fact, there's nothing graceful about the case
CNN's Susan Roesgen reports on a deadly shooting rampage at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Hundreds of people sang "Amazing Grace" and prayed Friday evening as they gathered at a City Hall in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, to mourn the victims of a shooting spree.
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is being questioned on security detail expenses. CNN's Mary Snow reports
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has called a story raising questions about the accounting of his security expenses while he was mayor of New York a "hit job."
The New York city comptroller's office in 2002 raised red flags about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's $34,000 in security and travel spending on trips to the Hamptons.
Atlantic City's embattled mayor has been absent from his post since late September. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, who is the target of a federal investigation into his military disability payments, has resigned after being missing from work for two weeks, his attorney said Wednesday.
Mayor, legislators arrested
Two mayors and two state legislators are among 11 public officials arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. attorney's office in Trenton announced Thursday.
The New York City Mayor and California's Governor are doing the things that gridlocked Washington won't
Some are starting to wonder whether Mayor Daley's ambitious pledge of four years ago was more politics than policy
Sixteen hours had passed since the Twin Towers crumbled and fell, and people kept telling Rudy Giuliani to get some rest. The indomitable mayor of New York City had spent the day and night holding his town together. He arrived at the World Trade Center just after the second plane hit, watched human beings drop from the sky and--when the south tower imploded -- nearly got trapped inside his makeshift command center near the site. Then he led a battered platoon of city officials, reporters and civilians north through the blizzard of ash and smoke, and a detective jimmied open the door to a firehouse so the mayor could revive his government there. Giuliani took to the airwaves to calm and reassure his people, made a few hundred rapid-fire decisions about the security and rescue operations, toured hospitals to comfort the families of the missing and made four more visits to the apocalyptic attack scene.
The once-banned political party that helped bring freedom to apartheid-era South Africa now stands accused of stifling democracy in that country's Mother City.
Ruthie Frierson's dining room does not look like the birthplace of a populist rebellion. The room is quiet, insulated from any street noise, with treatments in heavy fabric around the windows.
New Orleans residents will take time out Saturday from their struggles to reclaim their lives to vote in one of the oddest mayoral elections in U.S. history -- a contest to pick the person who will oversee the Crescent City's comeback fight.
Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu will formally announce his candidacy for mayor of New Orleans on Wednesday, senior campaign staff members told CNN.
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A corruption scandal in Chicago raises the question about Mayor Richard Daley: Like father, like son?
Last year, there was a lot of speculation that high gas prices would affect the U.S. presidential election. Surprisingly, they didn't, at least not in any significant manner.
A gunman who went on a rampage with a homemade armored bulldozer, demolishing buildings in the small town of Granby, Colorado, has died, apparently after shooting himself, according to a local county official.
Let's just call it what it is: gaming the system. And it's a game that has already resulted in skyrocketing tax increases and the loss of public services across the country--from the shutdown of li...
The city of Asbury Park, New Jersey, has stopped marrying same-sex couples after the state's attorney general threatened city officials with criminal charges.
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THE LONG-RUNNING BOOM in Southern California is the stuff most chambers of commerce can only dream of: a soaring population, office buildings sprouting everywhere, and prices on some single-family ...