Local government in the United States

Mayors of Small Settlements in Bulgaria Insist on having their own Budget

The mayors of small settlements insist that they be elected by direct choice rather than being appointed as they are now. Now mayors are elected only in places with a population of more than 350 people, and in the smaller ones they are appointed. The Chairman of the Association of Mayors of Town Halls and Mayor's Deputies Rumen Stoyanov explained:

Meticulous planning by Las Vegas gunman before he opened fire (VIDEO-PHOTOS)

Before he mowed down concertgoers from a perch high in a hotel tower, Stephen C. Paddock created a ring of surveillance around him, with video cameras in his suite and in the hallway, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. But investigators were still at a loss to offer a motive for the massacre.

Ex-mayor and ruling SNS party MP arrested

Former president of the municipal assembly of the eastern town of Zajecar Sasa Mirkovic has been detained on suspicion of having abused that official position.

RTS is reporting that Mirkovic - who is also a show business manager - allegedly committed financial transgressions while serving as mayor, and previously as cabinet chief to the mayor.

Los Angeles 'turns corner' on largest wildfire in city history

A smattering of rain and easing temperatures helped more than 1,000 firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history gain the upper hand on the blaze on Sept. 3, but officials warned that danger remains.

"We've turned the corner, but this is not over," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters. "With winds this strong, anything can happen."

29 injured in New York explosion

An explosion in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night has left 29 people injured, according to the New York police commissioner. The force of the blast blew-out windows and could be heard several blocks away. None of the injuries is life-threatening but one is serious, New York’s fire Commissioner said.

Second bomb threat in New Jersey schools in one week

Authorities on Friday were investigating bomb threats at several schools in New Jersey, in the county of Bergen, the county sheriff’s office said. Englewood, Paramus Catholic, Teaneck, Cliffside Park, Mahwah, Waldwick, Hackensack, Fort Lee and Oradell schools received threats, according to the sheriff’s office.