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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, traffic moves on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. Nearly two dozen states and several cities are challenging the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to review the actions of government agencies that led to the new rule being issued in March. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

May. 27, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Officials: Car lender reaches $550M multi-state settlement

May. 19, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-four attorneys general announced a $550 million settlement Tuesday with auto loan financing company Santander over allegations it knowingly targeted consumers who were likely to default on its loans. Consumers who defaulted on their loans from the company as of last year...

Judge temporarily blocks Trump's California water plan

May. 12, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A federal court on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to pump more water to the agricultural Central Valley, which critics said would threaten endangered species and salmon runs. A judge issued a preliminary injunction in two lawsuits brought against...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 5, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. CALIFORNIA SUES UBER AND LYFT: California is suing ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law. 2. TRUMP DENIES US ROLE IN VENEZUELA: President Trump says the...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif. California is suing ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state's new labor law, AB5, in effect as of Jan. 1. Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit Tuesday, May 5, 2020, during a news conference. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California sues Uber, Lyft over alleged labor law violations

May. 5, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California sued ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft on Tuesday, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state's new labor law. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco announced the lawsuit...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Chris Puehse, owner of Foothill Ammo, displays .45-caliber ammunition for sale at his store in Shingle Springs, Calif. An appeals court on Friday, April 24, 2020, has reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge’s decision to stop the checks that he said violate the constitutional right to bear arms. The law, which took effect last July, requires Californians to pass an in-store background check before buying ammunition, which involves running buyers’ names through a California Department of Justice database that tracks legal purchases of guns. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Court reinstates California ammunition purchase law

Apr. 25, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court has reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge's decision to stop the checks that he said violate the constitutional right to bear arms. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the state...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Chris Puehse, owner of Foothill Ammo, displays .45-caliber ammunition for sale at his store in Shingle Springs, Calif. A federal judge on Thursday, April 23, 2020, blocked a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, ruling the restrictions violate the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled in favor of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, which asked him to stop the checks and related restrictions on ammo sales. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Judge tosses California ammunition purchase law

Apr. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, issuing a sharply worded rebuke of “onerous and convoluted” regulations that violate the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 8, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 8 The Mercury News on the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary not being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic: We must not only save our nation’s residents from the pandemic, we must also save our democracy from it. The...

FILE - In this Monday, July 15, 2019 file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 a California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against the Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking. The case was dismissed on procedural grounds. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody since June. He is currently being held without bail in Los Angeles. The attorney general's office said it was reviewing the court's ruling. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

Apr. 8, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court ordered the dismissal of a criminal case Tuesday against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking on procedural grounds. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, has been in custody...