• In this Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III speaks during a city council meeting in Ferguson, Mo. As Ferguson leaders consider a lawsuit filed against the city by the U.S. Department of Justice, the town's effort at an amended agreement with DOJ acknowledged that losing the police department is a possibility. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    If Ferguson dissolves police department, who would step in?

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the city’s leaders have acknowledged the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency.

  • In this June 21, 2005 file photo, skateboarders participate in an international "Wild in the Streets" event to raise awareness of the skateboarding community in Love Park in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, city officials broke ground on a $16.5 million, yearlong renovation of the park, requiring a temporary relocation of the park's namesake Robert Indiana sculpture, expected to receive about four months of restoration work. (Mike Mooney/The Evening Bulletin via AP, File) PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER OUT; PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS OUT; METRO OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations.

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington,Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, about Ferguson, Missouri. The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Ferguson is defiant again in deal with Justice Department

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

  • China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

  • In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Kelli Jo Griffin listens during her trial for voter fraud in Keokuk, Iowa. In a nationally watched voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether to loosen the state’s lifetime ban on voting and holding public office by those with felony records. The case stems from the lawsuit brought by Griffin, a former drug offender who argues the Iowa constitution’s ban on voting by those who commit “infamous crimes” should not apply to her and many other ex-felons. (John Gaines/The Hawk Eye via AP, File)

    Iowa high court to consider state’s ban on voting by felons

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a major voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state’s lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo, a woman stands in the doorway of then new Historic Colored Entrance at the Lyric Theatre, in Birmingham, Ala. Preservationists had to decide whether to keep reminders of The Lyric’s discarded color line before they unveiled an $11 million restoration of the 102-year-old theater, which had been closed for decades. In this case, they chose to highlight the history, installing a glass door with the etched words “Historic Colored Entrance” in the lobby wall so patrons can peer into the past. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    What should be done with architecture of white supremacy?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Growing up in the 1950s, William Bell had to enter Birmingham’s segregated Lyric Theatre though a side entrance, marked “COLORED,” that was walled-off from the elegant lobby. He climbed a dimly lit stairwell to watch movies from the steep balcony where black patrons had to sit for generations.

  • Mayor of Super Bowl host city says he’s retiring this week

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Mayor of Santa Clara says he is retiring as of Tuesday, just two days after his city hosted Super Bowl 50.

  • A woman clears off her snow-covered car after work in Pittsfield, Mass, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast centered on New England on Monday, bringing howling winds and coastal flooding and threatening Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts with up to 18 inches of snow. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP) BERKSHIRE COURIER OUT, GREAT BARRINGTON RECORD OUT, RURAL INTELLIGENCER OUT, BERKSHIRES OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Winter storm could dump up to 18 inches of snow on Cape Cod

    BOSTON (AP) — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop up to 18 inches of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a charter bus heading to a casino skidded off a Connecticut highway, injuring at least 30 people.

  • In this Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak in the City Council chambers in Chicago. For more than a year after officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage and autopsy results that raised serious questions about whether other officers on the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. The lack of swift action against the officers illustrates the difficulty of confronting the “code of silence” that has long been associated with police in Chicago and elsewhere. (Rich Hein/Sun-Times via AP File) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

    Police at scene of black teen’s shooting falsified reports

    CHICAGO (AP) — For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder.

  • Man accused of stealing police badges while being questioned

    IRWIN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man stole several police badges while he was being held for questioning in a domestic dispute.