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California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men that have roiled the nation. "We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends...

Latest: Calif. governor signs law to limit police shooting

Aug. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California measure aimed at deterring shootings by police (all times local): 11:45 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a measure aimed at deterring shootings by police. Newsom says the law he approved Monday will reduce the number of lives lost and begin...

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Aug. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John Davis, president...

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to...

Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Aug. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Aug. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette....

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Indiana lawmaker under fire for posting noose picture

Aug. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker who posted nooses under a Facebook story about a black man pleading guilty to rape is drawing criticism for using racist imagery. Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas, from Seymour, posted a picture of a gallows with two nooses under a WISH-TV story about Marquise...

Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

Aug. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance in the...