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Court rules San Diego marijuana law required more analysis

Aug. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego failed to adequately analyze the potential environmental impacts of its marijuana dispensary law, the California Supreme Court ruled in a decision expected to limit the discretion of local governments across the state involving a range of actions. The ruling came Monday in a...

Schmitt withdraws First Amendment argument in lawsuit

Aug. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday withdrew a legal brief he had filed in a defamation lawsuit arguing the First Amendment allows him to withhold some public records concerning private citizens that were requested by the plaintiff's attorney. Schmidt originally...

Shreveport police officer arrested on malfeasance charge

Aug. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police officer has been arrested on a charge of malfeasance in office. A Shreveport Police Department news release says Dylan Hudson turned himself in on Tuesday and his bond was set at $25,000. It says he was put on paid leave Aug. 8 because of information that he might...

Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law

Aug. 20, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy,...

Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says

Aug. 20, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting Tuesday that it could have prevented the shooter in last week's wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower. A lost or stolen guns...

New York bans floating billboards in Hudson, East River

Aug. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state has a new law banning floating digital billboards in navigable waters, including the Hudson River and the East River. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the ban into law on Tuesday, calling the signs an eyesore. It applies to any digital billboard or floating sign...

Writers union says talent agents are violating antitrust law

Aug. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry's biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent...

California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Spurred by the fatal police shooting of a young unarmed black man that roiled California's capital city, state lawmakers approved changes to the nation's oldest law governing when officers can use deadly force and it was signed by the governor Monday, though even supporters aren't...

Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised...

Hundreds at Detroit gun-control rally urge Congress to act

Aug. 19, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a weekend rally in Detroit to call on Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws following a recent string of mass shootings. The crowd converged near City Hall on Sunday, urging passage of federal legislation mandating background checks before gun sales. The rally...