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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2014, file photo, Julie Graves, left, of Albany, Calif., and Chris Adams, second from left, of Berkeley, Calif., hold up signs in support of a beach access bill near Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay, Calif. California officials are suing a billionaire who has been fighting for more than a decade to keep a secluded beach to himself, a move designed to ensure that the public always has access the scenic stretch of sand. The lawsuit was filed Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, on behalf of the California State Lands Commission and Coastal Commission. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California officials sue billionaire over access to beach

Jan. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials are suing a billionaire who has been fighting for more than a decade to keep a secluded beach to himself, a move designed to ensure that the public always has access to the scenic stretch of sand. The lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of the California State Lands...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo Ohio State cheerleaders yell to fans during an NCAA football game against Florida Atlantic in Columbus, Ohio. A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter “O.” (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

Sports company sues in letter 'O' dispute with Ohio State

Dec. 24, 2019 1:33 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Oh no: A New York-based sports network has turned to the federal courts in its trademark dispute with Ohio State University over use of the letter “O.” Overtime Sports Inc., an online network focusing on high school basketball and football, has a capital O with sloping...

Illinois man with trick gun gets 30-year prison sentence

Dec. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EST

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of rigging a shotgun to his shed to prevent breaks-ins has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of a man who opened the door and was shot. A jury in Union County rejected arguments that William Wasmund had a right to defend his property with the...

Tents to be removed as new Salem ordinance takes effect

Dec. 16, 2019 10:42 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new city ordinance is going into effect that will force around 400 people to move from their tents in downtown Salem, Oregon. The Statesman-Journal reports that the ordinance will ban people from camping and leaving personal property on public right of way beginning on Monday. The...

Shoppers at a retail district pass by an American lingerie company Victoria's Secrets store in Beijing on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. China deputy trade envoy says China, U.S. have reached trade deal, will reduce punitive tariffs on each other's goods. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

How US-China trade deal achieved a little but left out a lot

Dec. 13, 2019 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The limited trade deal that the Trump administration and Beijing announced Friday means Americans will avoid a holiday tax increase on imported toys, clothing and smartphones. U.S. farmers can sell more soybeans and pork to China. And American companies should face less pressure to hand...

FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file stacked containers wait to be loaded on to trucks at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. China's government says trade negotiators are in “close communication” with Washington ahead of a weekend deadline for a U.S. tariff hike. But a Ministry of Commerce spokesman gave no indication of possible progress in trade talks or whether Washington might postpone the increase. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

Dec. 12, 2019 8:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war. A "deal is close,'' said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's head of international affairs,...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a Christmas market whilst on the General Election campaign, in Salisbury, England, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)

Google bans Conservative Party YouTube ad with BBC material

Dec. 4, 2019 9:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Google has taken down a U.K. Conservative Party ad on YouTube that used BBC news footage, days after Facebook took similar action on grounds that it infringed intellectual property rights. The BBC has complained about the ad, saying it used material featuring some of its journalists that was...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, left, gestures during a media conference with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, in London, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Facebook removes Conservative Party ad with BBC presenters

Dec. 2, 2019 6:01 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says it has removed a Conservative Party ad that used BBC news footage on the grounds that it infringed on intellectual property rights. The BBC had complained about the ad last week, arguing material involving some of its well-known presenters was taken out of context and could...