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3 arrested in alleged $5 million military insurance scam

Jul. 11, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California authorities say three men have been arrested on charges of bilking military service members out of nearly $5 million. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan said Thursday that Paul Flanagan, Ranjit Kalsi, and Gregory Lee Martin ran a tax...

2020 Census to be printed without citizenship question

Jul. 3, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without the controversial query. Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the...

State: Hate crimes in California dip in 2018 after 2017 bump

Jul. 2, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of reported hate crimes and victims decreased last year in California, although the number of suspects increased, the state's attorney general reported Tuesday. Hate crime events fell 2.5% from 2017, down by about two-dozen reports to 1,066 in 2018, according to the...

States' delay request for arguments in 'Obamacare' lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a request to delay next week's hearing on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law. Eighteen Republican-dominated states opposed to the law said they needed more time to prepare answers to complex issues the appeals court...

Maine AG joins push for EPA to better control asbestos

Jul. 1, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general is joining a group of his peers in a lawsuit calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to better regulate asbestos. Attorney General Aaron Frey is adding himself to a coalition headed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts...

Judge bars Trump from using $2.5B to build border wall

Jun. 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday prohibited President Donald Trump from tapping $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of his prized border wall in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. in Oakland acted in two lawsuits filed by...

Supreme Court to rule on Trump bid to end 'dreamers' program

Jun. 28, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding a high-stakes immigration case to its election-year agenda, the Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether President Donald Trump can terminate an Obama-era program shielding young migrants from deportation. The justices' order sets up legal arguments for late fall or early...

California Democrats praise Supreme Court ruling on census

Jun. 27, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats who sued the Trump administration over its attempts to put a citizenship question on the census praised the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that kept the question on hold. However, they also warned that the administration has already incited fear that will...

Court: Who has right to defend 'Obamacare'?

Jun. 26, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday requested written arguments on whether the House of Representatives and numerous Democratic-leaning states can step in to appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down President Barack Obama's health care law. The question posed to lawyers on both...

Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse

Jun. 26, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joey Piscitelli was angry when Kamala Harris emerged as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It brought back the frustration he felt in the 2000s, when he was a newly minted spokesman for clergy sex abuse victims and Harris was San Francisco's district attorney....