Cities, sheriffs find flaws in Trump's immigration jail list

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Several city officials and sheriffs around the U.S. lashed out Tuesday at a White House report aiming to shame them over what the Trump administration sees as lax immigration policies, saying it includes wrong or misleading information about recent arrests of immigrants or their jail policies.

No charges to be filed against NYC mayor over fundraising

NEW YORK (AP) -- State and federal investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising will not result in criminal charges against him or others acting on his behalf, prosecutors said Thursday as they eliminated an election-year obstacle for the mayor. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the facts were insufficient to successfully argue a provable violation of state election laws, in part because the parties relied on the advice of attorneys.

The Latest: Trains returning; cold threatens cherry blossoms

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a strong winter storm hitting the Northeast (all times local): 5:15 p.m. New York's governor says aboveground subway service and some Metro-North commuter rail service shut down by the snowstorm hitting the East Coast will be restored soon. Democrat Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says Metro-North will resume limited hourly service at 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 p.m. Full service will resume Wednesday.

Report: 17-year-olds voted illegally in Wisconsin primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of 17-year-olds voted illegally across Wisconsin during last spring's intense presidential primary, apparently wrongly believing they could cast ballots if they turned 18 ahead of the November general election, according to a new state report. Wisconsin Elections Commission staff examined voter fraud referrals municipal clerks said they made to prosecutors following the 2016 spring primary and general elections.

States scramble for funding to upgrade aging voting machines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- At least once a year, staffers in one of Texas' largest election offices scour the web for a relic from a bygone technology era: Zip disks. The advanced version of the floppy disk that was cutting edge in the mid-1990s plays a vital role in tallying votes in Bexar County, where like other places around the U.S., money to replace antiquated voting equipment is scarce.

St. Louis mayoral race holds lessons for black candidates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A generation after St. Louis elected its first African-American mayor, many in the black community are convinced that unchecked egos cost them the chance to regain leadership of the racially divided city. Lyda Krewson, 64, a white alderwoman, defeated black city Treasurer Tishaura Jones by fewer than 900 votes in Tuesday's all-important Democratic primary. St.

Alaska judge rules against halting northern town's new name

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A judge in Alaska dealt a legal blow Friday to opponents of the new Inupiat Eskimo name approved by voters for the northernmost town in the U.S. Superior Court Judge Paul Roetman denied a request to halt implementation of the transition from the old name of Barrow to Utqiagvik until a lawsuit filed by a local Alaska Native corporation is resolved.

The Latest: Merkel criticized Polish 'blockade'

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Latest on the European Union summit taking place Thursday and Friday (all times local): 8:55 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it was right to override Poland's objections and re-elect Donald Tusk as European Union president over his native Poland's objections. Merkel said after Thursday's decision that other EU countries had spoken extensively with Poland beforehand.

Tusk gets 2nd term for top EU job despite Polish objections

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders confirmed Donald Tusk for a second term as their president Thursday, earning the wrath of his native Poland and opening up a new rift at a time when EU unity is essential. The 27 other EU leaders overrode weeks of objections from the nationalist government in Warsaw, which has a long and bitter rivalry with former Prime Minister Tusk and opposed giving him another term at the EU.

Georgia county agrees to restore black voters' rights

ATLANTA (AP) -- Election officials in Georgia's sparsely populated, overwhelmingly black Hancock County agreed Wednesday to restore voting rights to dozens of African-American registered voters they disenfranchised ahead of a racially divided local election. About three-quarters of the people they removed from the voting rolls -- nearly all of them black -- still live in the voting district and will be restored to the county's registered voter list under the settlement.

How would you change France? Voters in downbeat town respond

CREPY-EN-VALOIS, France (AP) -- A handwritten sign invited market-goers in Crepy-en-Valois, a down-and-out town north of Paris, to make their voices heard ahead of France's pivotal presidential election. "What should be changed in France in 2017?" it asked. One by one, voters submitted their answers on multicolored papers that were suspended with clothespins on a line strung around a mall in the center of town.

Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing

MOSCOW (AP) -- Two years after he was killed near the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov can still attract crowds of supporters. But his death left in tatters Russia's opposition movement, which is struggling with infighting and seems unable to rally behind one unifying figure. In the largest Russian opposition protest in months, thousands marched Sunday across Moscow to commemorate Nemtsov's life, demand a thorough investigation of his death and to denounce President Vladimir Putin.

Rancor over development, crime shadow LA mayor's race

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate. Anxiety over taller, denser development, a jump in violent crime and the city's notoriously fickle voters together inject a faint hue of uncertainty into what otherwise looks like a lopsided contest.

Want to run for French president? Join the crowd

PARIS (AP) -- More and more people want to join France's unpredictable presidential race -- hopefuls who might never win but could garner enough votes to tilt the outcome. Starting Saturday, would-be candidates have until March 17 to gather the signatures of 500 mayors (from the more than 35,000 mayors across France) to qualify for France's two-round presidential election April 23 and May 7.