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San Francisco to vote on proposal about racist 911 calls

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fed up with white people calling 911 about people of color selling water bottles, barbecuing or otherwise going about with...

UK, EU inch toward more Brexit talks but hurdles remain

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union edged toward resuming their troubled trade talks on Monday, after the bloc's chief negotiator said he...

China passes new law restricting sensitive exports

BEIJING (AP) — China has passed a new law restricting sensitive exports to protect national security, allowing Beijing to reciprocate against the U.S. as...

The Latest: Trump raises $247.8M in Sept., far behind Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): ...

Brexit trade talks: both EU and UK dig in heels

BRUSSELS (AP) — With both sides digging in their heels as another Brexit deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from...

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire...

The Latest: Barrett’s confirmation hearing ends for the day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local): ...

On eve of UK deadline, trade talks with EU still stalled

BRUSSELS (AP) — On the eve of a European Union summit that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set as a deadline to seal...

Effort to bar LGBTQ discrimination moves ahead in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in...

Cut cable shuts down Virginia voter portal; lawsuit filed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An accidentally severed fiber optic cable that shut down Virginia's online voter registration system for several hours Tuesday, the last...

McConnell slates October revote on GOP COVID relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he's scheduling a procedural vote on a GOP COVID-19 relief bill next week,...

California panel recommends limits to police crowd control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Days after police and members of an unruly crowd were injured following the Los Angeles Lakers' latest basketball championship, Gov....

Germany, France call for UK concessions in EU-UK trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany and France on Tuesday pressured the United Kingdom to make concessions in three key areas of Brexit trade negotiations —...

Polish leader vows to veto EU budget in face of ‘blackmail’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader is threatening to veto the European Union's economic recovery plan and long-term budget if the bloc...

Health care law on line at court, but is it likely to fall?

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Democrats tell it, a Supreme Court with President Donald Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett could quickly get rid of...

McConnell, McGrath spar over federal response to coronavirus

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opponent accused him of failing the country with the lack of another coronavirus relief package, while the Republican incumbent...

Health care law on line at court, but is it likely to fall?

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear Democrats tell it, a Supreme Court with President Donald Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett could quickly get rid of...

Tanzania intensifies repression ahead of polls, says report

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian authorities have intensified repression to muzzle the opposition, civil society and the news media ahead of elections on October...

Her words: Amy Coney Barrett on faith, precedent, abortion

Some notable quotes from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and current judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S....

A look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s notable opinions, votes

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has written roughly 100 opinions in more than three years on...

Voting-related lawsuits pepper US before Election Day

Hundreds of lawsuits about voting have been filed before the Nov. 3 election. The cases concern the fundamentals of the American democratic process, including...

Pelosi unveils 25th Amendment bid, questions Trump’s fitness

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation Friday that would allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to...

In 25th Amendment bid, Pelosi mulls Trump’s fitness to serve

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Donald Trump's fitness to serve, announcing legislation Thursday that would create a commission to...

Feds sue Yale, allege discrimination against applicants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department sued Yale University on Thursday, weeks after prosecutors found the university was illegally discriminating against Asian American and...

Protests against new labor law turn violent across Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests in many Indonesian cities turned violent Thursday as thousands of enraged students and workers criticized a new law they...

In 25th Amendment bid, Pelosi mulls Trump’s fitness to serve

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Donald Trump's fitness to serve, announcing legislation Thursday that would create a commission to...

Mexican bill to extinguish funds advances on party-line vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party beat back attempts Thursday to save 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance...

Nearly 40 nations criticize China’s human rights policies

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly 40 mainly Western countries criticized China’s treatment of minority groups, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, on Tuesday and expressed...

Court: Wisconsin Republicans have standing in absentee case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators have the legal standing to appeal a federal ruling extending the deadline for counting absentee ballots in the...

US judge: IRS can’t keep coronavirus money from inmates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. judge says the IRS can't keep withholding coronavirus relief payments from incarcerated people, potentially clearing the way for...

Supreme Court wrestles with Muslims’ suit over no-fly list

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that has been friendly to religious interests took up a case Tuesday involving Muslim men who claim their...

EU court rules against Hungary’s Orban over Soros university

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a...

Trump’s doctor leans on health privacy law to duck questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's doctor leaned on a federal health privacy law Monday to duck certain questions about the president's treatment for...

Group sues to block California boardroom diversity law

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conservative legal group announced Monday that it sued to block California’s first-in-the-nation law that requires hundreds of corporations based...

Appeals court upholds ban on holding migrant kids in hotels

HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court refused Sunday to allow the Trump administration to resume detaining immigrant children in hotel rooms before expelling them...

Delays in verifying mail-in ballots will slow election tally

Voters awaiting results in some of the key presidential battleground states on election night should be prepared to keep waiting, thanks to obstacles that...

Democratic proposal for more airline aid stalls in Congress

A proposal by House Democrats to give the airline industry $28.8 billion to avert thousands of furloughs failed to advance on Friday, marking a...

House Democrats pass partisan COVID bill; relief talks drag

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House narrowly passed a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Thursday night, a move that came as top-level talks...

EU leaders overcome Cyprus veto, agree to Belarus sanctions

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed early Friday to impose sanctions on dozens of senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying presidential election...

California Gov. Newsom surprises, disappoints with vetoes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Labor unions in California celebrated earlier this month when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed laws expanding paid family leave and making...

California governor mixes decisions on labor, crime, housing

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was no rigid ideologue when it came to his decisions on the hundreds of bills sent to him in an...

Suburban NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs Thursday became the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy, seeking relief from a torrent...

Californians to vote on racial, gender preference programs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California with vastly different political preferences and demographics is voting on whether to allow affirmative action in public hiring,...

Check’s in the mail? Trump doling out aid before election

CHICAGO (AP) — It's almost as if he's writing a personal check. ...

Google to pay $1 billion over 3 years for news content

LONDON (AP) — Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their content, the company's latest effort to defuse tensions...

Court: Amazon not liable in teen’s powdered caffeine death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Retail giant Amazon can't be held responsible under current Ohio product liability law in the death of a high school...

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of...

Ban on chokeholds among California criminal justice reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the slayings of George Floyd and other Black people in police custody across the country, California Gov. Gavin...

Trump signs temporary government funding bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, averting the possibility of a government shutdown...

Governor vetoes California bill requiring ethnic studies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom late Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have made ethnic studies a California high school graduation requirement,...

California governor vetoes bill to help displaced workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have guaranteed most laid-off hospitality workers would be first...

California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics, making the...

California governor signs corporate boardroom diversity law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of California-based corporations must have directors from racial or sexual minorities on their boards under a first-in-the-nation bill signed...

Pelosi and Mnuchin have ‘extensive’ talks on COVID relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held an “extensive conversation" Wednesday on a huge COVID-19 rescue package, meeting...

California to study reparations for Black Americans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will develop a detailed plan for reparations under a new law signed on Wednesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, making...

More restrictive use of whip in California taking effect

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jockeys and exercise riders in California will be working under a more restrictive rule governing the use of whips that...

FAA chief tests changes to Boeing’s grounded 737 Max

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, a former military and airline pilot, said Wednesday that he liked what he saw during a two-hour...

House approves second bill aimed at forced labor in China

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two weeks, the House on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at cracking down on U.S. imports...

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on app-based drivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians are being asked to decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible...

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of...

California tightens rules on rat poisons that kill wildlife

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill widely restricting the use of certain highly potent rat poisons that are...

California governor vetoes bill to aid low-income immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a bill that would have authorized California to give low-income immigrants $600 to buy groceries. ...

California governor vetoes bill that sought to give $600 to low-income immigrants to buy...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor vetoes bill that sought to give $600 to low-income immigrants to buy groceries.

Laws aid sexual assault victims, those hurt by other crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 100 suspected victims of a UCLA obstetrician-gynecologist will have more time to file legal claims against the doctor...

Senate advances bill to fund government into December

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fund the federal government cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers sought to accomplish the bare...

House approves bill to combat doping in horse racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved a bill Tuesday to create national medication and safety standards for the horse racing industry as lawmakers move...

New California law prompted by crash that killed Kobe Bryant

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other peopls...

California law prioritizes people over corporate home-buyers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday...

House Democrats unveil new $2.2T proposal for virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion aid measure Monday in an attempt to boost long-stalled talks on COVID-19 relief, though...

Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective facing charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty Monday. ...

Joe Biden: Vacancy about health law, not court expansion

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants voters to see Republicans’ push for a speedy Supreme Court confirmation as an end-run...

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek...

California will house transgender inmates by gender identity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender...

Her words: Amy Coney Barrett on faith, precedent, abortion

Some notable quotes from Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor and current judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S....

A look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s notable opinions, votes

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, has been on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2017. ...

California expands financial protections after US rollback

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday created what supporters call its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after...

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain...

Trump promotes health care ‘vision’ but gaps remain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than three-and-a-half years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what...

House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a modest bill to promote “clean energy” and increase energy efficiency while phasing out the use of...

Agency: No Cyprus passports for wealthy investors’ families

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ top oversight body urged lawmakers on Thursday to rethink new legislation that empowers the government to grant citizenship to...

In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters...

Anger, tears for protesters seeking justice for Taylor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Angry, confused and shedding tears, demonstrators who spent months calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor...

In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice

“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters...

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to...

Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as...

UK says no-deal Brexit could see 7,000-truck border queues

LONDON (AP) — There there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after...

Germany: 8 more charged in Volkswagen diesel scandal

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed charges against eight more Volkswagen employees accused of involvement in the company's diesel scandal,...

Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year...

Congress seeks to block goods from China over forced labor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic...

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill...

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vanessa Bryant, the widow of basketball star Kobe Bryant, has filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff claiming...

New Ohio House speaker’s sterling narrative has detractors

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among members of the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the...

Powell and Mnuchin voice optimism but back more economic aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed cautious optimism Tuesday that the U.S. economy is rebounding from...

Pandemic highlights opportunity gaps in public schools

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This pandemic has Geri Swann working her cell phone constantly as she deals with up to 100 emails a day...

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad...

Ginsburg’s death exposes fragility of health law protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the...

Democrats unveil temporary funding bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House unveiled a government-wide temporary funding bill on Monday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running...

Florida governor seeks new penalties for violent protesters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is going to get tough on people who engage in violence during protests, Florida's Republican governor...

Indian lawmakers pass farm bills amid uproar in Parliament

NEW DELHI (AP) — Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers on Sunday approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says...

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing...

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