Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates. During the first of three planned debates ahead of the May 19 elections, Qalibaf criticized the Rouhani administration, saying social and environmental problems remained unsolved because of "Your weak management. Your old and traditional management.

A look at Iran's presidential candidates

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has announced the final list of candidates for next month's presidential race, which will largely serve as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner, but could face tough competition from hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and popular among hard-liners. Former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to run but was disqualified.

2 Democrats ponder strategy in mayor race in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two Democrats seeking to unseat the incumbent in the mayor's race in North Carolina's largest city have agreed that one of them should drop out so the other would have a chance of capturing the party primary in September. State Sen. Joel Ford and Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles told The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.

The senior Sanders backs party youth to remake Democrats

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Bernie Sanders, who attracted millions of college-aged and young adults to his presidential campaign last year, is following through on a promise he made when he left the race: to promote younger leaders for the Democratic Party. It may not seem the most likely role for the slightly stooped, white-haired, 75-year-old Vermont senator. But Sanders rallied support Thursday for Omaha's Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello, who's half his age.

Suburban Chicago Trump backer beats challenger by 151 votes

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor whose support for Donald Trump ignited a tougher-than-expected re-election campaign has narrowly defeated his Democratic challenger. Tuesday's count of provisional and mail-in ballots found Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar won with 6,425 votes. That is 151 more than challenger Will County Commissioner Jackie Traynere. Claar hosted a fundraiser for Trump in September, which angered some voters in the suburb of about 75,000 people.

Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control

DENVER (AP) -- It was one of the most exclusive tickets in town: Only 800 were made available, and those lucky enough to score one had to show photo ID at the gate, where they were issued a wristband and a number. No signs bigger than a sheet of notebook paper were allowed, so as not to obscure anyone's view.

Phish drummer Jon Fishman running for board seat in hometown

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine (AP) -- The drummer for the jam band Phish is running for office in his hometown in Maine. Jon Fishman obtained the necessary paperwork and returned his nominating petitions this week in hopes of getting on the June ballot to run for the Board of Selectmen in Lincolnville. He's one of several candidates vying for a pair of open seats on the board.

Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control

DENVER (AP) -- It was one of the most exclusive tickets in town: Only 800 were made available, and those lucky enough to score one had to show photo ID at the gate, where they were issued a wristband and a number. No signs bigger than a sheet of notebook paper were allowed, so as not to obscure anyone's view.

US says withdrawing UN military from Haiti is good example

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that U.N. peacekeeping has made "a great contribution" to Haiti and the Security Council's expected vote to withdraw all troops from the Caribbean nation by mid-October is an example of how peacekeeping missions should change as a country's political situation changes. The United States is currently reviewing the U.N.

Seattle mayor denies sex abuse claims - 'simply not true'

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ed Murray led a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, toiled for nearly two decades as a state lawmaker and won his biggest personal political victory in 2013 when he unseated Seattle's incumbent mayor by promising the ultra-liberal city to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15.

Wilders to field candidates in Dutch municipal elections

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Geert Wilders, the Netherlands' anti-Islam firebrand, says his Party for Freedom wants to field candidates in dozens of municipalities across the country in local elections next year. Wilders' party, with its radical anti-immigration platform, finished second in national elections last month, winning 20 of the 150 seats in Parliament's lower house. Wilders' party, known by its Dutch acronym PVV, is currently represented in only two municipal councils.

Trump-supporting mayor appears to survive re-election scare

CHICAGO (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who held a fundraiser for President Donald Trump last year has expanded his narrow lead in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting Wednesday, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar held a 104-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Jackie Traynere.

Mayor who led Ferguson through turmoil is re-elected

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Voters in Ferguson, Missouri, opted for experience over change in re-electing a mayor who has led them through a tumultuous 32 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown thrust the St. Louis suburb into the national debate over race. James Knowles III won a third term, holding off a challenge Tuesday from city Councilwoman Ella Jones, who was seeking to become Ferguson's first-ever black mayor.

Ferguson mayor who handled Brown shooting fallout re-elected

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Ferguson, Missouri's top elected official in the tumultuous 32 months since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown won another three-year term Tuesday. James Knowles III, the mayor who was the public face of Ferguson after Brown's death in August 2014, held off a challenge from city Councilwoman Ella Jones, who was seeking to become the St. Louis suburb's first-ever black mayor.

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

Chicago suburban mayor and Trump backer has narrow vote lead

CHICAGO (AP) -- A longtime suburban Chicago mayor who aligned himself with President Donald Trump was holding on to a narrow lead late Tuesday in his re-election battle with a union organizer backed by top Democrats. With all precincts reporting, Mayor Roger Claar held a 62-vote lead over Will County Commissioner Traynere. The county clerk's office said vote by mail ballots postmarked by April 4 and provisional ballots remain to be counted.

National political themes prominent in local races across US

Elections being held Tuesday across the U.S. feature a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student, and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson.

The Latest: Protests in Ecuador over election results

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- The Latest on Ecuador's presidential election (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Thousands of outraged supporters of opposition Ecuadorean presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso shouted "fraud" and broke through metal barricades to almost reach the entrance of the electoral council's headquarters in Quito before being pushed back by police. A similar scuffle took place outside the electoral offices in Guayaquil.

Will suburban mayor pay political price for backing Trump?

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) -- In Roger Claar's 31 years as mayor, Bolingbrook has grown from a sleepy town surrounded by farm fields to a diverse Chicago suburb nearly twice as large, with its own airport and even an IKEA. And every four years, Claar has easily won re-election, facing little if any opposition. But then the mayor invited Donald Trump to town, hosting a September fundraiser for the future president at a city-owned golf club.