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Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Jan. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...

Dispute over rules riles California's legal pot market

Jan. 17, 2019 6:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has finalized its rules governing the nation's largest legal marijuana market, a milestone coming more than a year after the state broadly legalized cannabis sales for adults. But a dispute over home deliveries into communities that ban pot sales could end up in court. And the...

American Express posts 4Q profit that tops forecasts

Jan. 17, 2019 6:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express swung to a fourth-quarter profit, the credit card company said Thursday, helped by a lower tax rate and more spending on the company's namesake credit cards. The New York-based company earned $2.01 billion, or $2.32 a share, compared with a loss of $1.21 billion, or $1.42 a...

Massachusetts governor proposes sports betting law

Jan. 17, 2019 4:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would legalize and tax betting on professional sports online and at casinos in Massachusetts. Baker, a Republican, announced that he would file legislation allowing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license the state's three casino...

Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000 churches

Jan. 17, 2019 8:30 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence. The bill could potentially affect some 12,000 churches in Ukraine and vast amounts of property, including...

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

Jan. 17, 2019 12:26 AM EST

Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have. On Thursday, more than a dozen privacy organizations unveiled a plan that would create a new federal data-protection...

Pot deliveries OK'd into Calif. communities that ban sales

Jan. 16, 2019 10:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an...

Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail

Jan. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's Russia probe has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the last 20 months could end up disappointed. Attorney General nominee William Barr, who will...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Pennsylvania sued over limits on state coverage of abortion

Jan. 16, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The operators of 15 abortion clinics sued Pennsylvania on Wednesday in a bid to persuade state courts to reverse a decades-old decision upholding limits on the use of state Medicaid dollars to cover abortions. The lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court, seeks an order requiring the...