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California governor wants investigation of high gas prices

Oct. 21, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor has asked the attorney general to investigate why the state's gas prices are so high, pointing to a new report suggesting big oil companies are "misleading and overcharging customers" by as much as $1 per gallon. Name brand retailers — including 76,...

3 charged with running $7 million California mortgage scam

Oct. 18, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A grand jury in Northern California has indicted three people on charges that they ran a statewide mortgage scam that defrauded often elderly or financially struggling victims of $7 million. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday said Steven Rogers, Robert Sedlar and...

Sutter Health, California settle massive antitrust case

Oct. 16, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of California's largest hospital systems has reached an agreement to settle a massive class-action lawsuit over allegations that it abused its market power and has been overcharging patients for medical bills. Wednesday's announcement of an agreement offered no details but came...

Judges block green card denials for immigrants on public aid

Oct. 11, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal judges in three states on Friday temporarily blocked Donald Trump's policy to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits, dealing a setback to one of the president's most aggressive moves yet to cut legal immigration and make it...

California outlines ways to comply with upcoming privacy law

Oct. 10, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Companies must notify California residents of their data privacy rights in plain language and must verify people's identities before releasing data, state officials proposed Thursday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced draft regulations that also spell out ways people can ask for their personal...

California hospital chain going to court over high prices

Oct. 10, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of California's largest hospital systems is facing a trial over accusations that it has used its market dominance to snuff out competition and overcharge patients for medical bills. The antitrust lawsuit against Sutter Health, which operates 24 hospitals with 5,500 doctors across...

The Latest: Trial delayed against California hospital chain

Oct. 10, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on an antitrust trial against one of California's largest hospital systems (all times local): 12 p.m. Opening arguments in a trial against one of California's largest hospital systems have been delayed due to the absence and excusal of several jury members. San Francisco...

States say OxyContin maker Purdue should not pay bonuses

Oct. 3, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should be prohibited from giving $38 million in employee payouts as it goes through bankruptcy, attorneys general from 24 states said in a court filing Thursday. Purdue has said it needs to make bonus payments to keep employees and maintain operations...

Bill to blunt Trump environment policy vetoed in California

Sep. 27, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Engaged in environmental battles with the Trump administration on multiple fronts, California Gov. Gavin Newsom angered some allies on Friday by vetoing a bill aimed at blunting federal rollbacks of clean air and endangered species regulations in the state. The bill would have...

No federal charges in fatal California police shooting

Sep. 26, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities declined to pursue civil rights charges Thursday against Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man, a killing that sparked protests and spurred changes to a state law governing when authorities can use deadly force. The U.S. Attorney's...