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Widow's suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back

Jan. 31, 2023 19:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California widow whose husband was suffering from a mental health crisis when she called a nonemergency number for help last year sued Culver City police Tuesday, alleging they shot her unarmed husband in the back as he was running from officers. Adriana Medina...

How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

Jan. 31, 2023 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and tests. Much of that is now...

No new hearing on condemned Missouri man's innocence claim

Jan. 31, 2023 12:07 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The attorney for a Missouri man facing lethal injection next week said Tuesday that he will ask the state Supreme Court to postpone the execution by three or four months to allow more time to investigate his innocence claim. Leonard Taylor, 58, faces execution Feb....

Self-driving semis focus of California rules, legislation

Jan. 30, 2023 19:36 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California regulators explore new rules to put self-driving semitrucks on the road, labor unions are rushing to the state Legislature to ask for a new law they say will protect their jobs — the start of a debate that could shape the future of the nation's nearly...

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 25, 2023 11:07 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 23 The Washington Post on gun violence in the United States Gun violence is so regular an occurrence in the United States that no incident, however tragic, comes as a surprise. But...

Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings

Jan. 24, 2023 20:16 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families from Uvalde on Tuesday pleaded with new urgency for tougher gun laws in the wake of a series of mass shootings in California, including the nation's deadliest act of gun violence since last year's attack at a Texas elementary school. “People are...

Colorado lawmakers to consider ban on semiautomatic weapons

Jan. 24, 2023 16:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Two decades after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and two months after five people were killed at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado lawmakers are drafting a sweeping ban on semiautomatic firearms. If passed, the ambitious legislation would make...

No more nuggets? School lunch goes farm-to-table — for some

Jan. 24, 2023 13:26 PM EST

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — As the fine-dining chef at a suburban high school gave samples of his newest recipes, junior Anahi Nava Flores critiqued a baguette sandwich with Toscano salami, organic Monterey Jack, arugula and a scratch-made basil spread: “This pesto aioli is good!" ...

California Supreme Court dumps triple-slaying death sentence

Jan. 23, 2023 23:13 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned the murder convictions and death sentence for a man who killed three people and committed a series of other crimes in San Diego in 1985. The court ordered a new trial for Billy Ray Waldon, ruling unanimously...