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FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo the columns of the Supreme Court are seen with the Capitol at right, in Washington. The Senate is ready to move quickly on a Supreme Court nominee. President Donald Trump is expected Saturday, Sept. 26, to announce his replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

On guns, abortion, high court could become more conservative

Sep. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Congress confirms President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court would become more conservative, and also perhaps more ready to tackle certain hot-button issues like abortion and guns. Chief Justice John Roberts would also likely become less...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020 file photo, a correctional officer closes the main gate at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. On Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that requires the state to house transgender prisoners based on their gender identity. The law does have an exception for “management or security concerns.” (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California will house transgender inmates by gender identity

Sep. 26, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity — but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns.” The California Department of Corrections and...

In this Sept. 18, 2020 photo, the Cascade County Detention Center is seen through barbed wire fencing in Great Falls, Mont. The jail is one of three in Montana experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, which Sheriff Jesse Slaughter blames on overcrowding and too many inmates awaiting transfer to the state prison. (Matt Volz/Kaiser Health News via AP)

Efforts to keep virus out of prisons fuel outbreaks in jails

Sep. 26, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

When Joshua Martz tested positive for COVID-19 this summer in a Montana jail, guards moved him and nine other inmates with the disease into a pod so cramped that some slept on mattresses on the floor. Martz, 44, said he suffered through symptoms that included achy joints, a sore throat, fever and an unbearable...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo, a patched sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. California created what supporters called its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after critics said the Trump administration significantly weakened national protections, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law changes the existing Department of Business Oversight into the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation in what proponents said is the first such move by any state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

California expands financial protections after US rollback

Sep. 25, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday created what supporters call its own nation-leading, state-level version of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after critics said the Trump administration significantly weakened national protections. The legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2006, file photo, inmates are housed in three tier bunks, in what was once a multi-purpose recreation room, at the Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, Calif. California next year will close the prison holding about 1,500 male inmates, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in its latest step to reduce the state's incarceration footprint partly in response to the coronavirus and massive related budget cuts. Shuttering the Deuel Vocational Institution will save about $182 million annually, state corrections officials said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to close prison amid declining inmate numbers

Sep. 25, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California next year will close a prison holding about 1,500 male inmates, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration said Friday in its latest step to reduce the state’s incarceration footprint partly in response to the coronavirus and massive related budget cuts. ...

In this image taken during a video broadcast via Zoom, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a law on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif.,  that for the first time defines “medical necessity,

California governor signs law to grow mental health coverage

Sep. 25, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that for the first time in California defines “medical necessity," a move aimed at requiring private health insurance plans to pay for more mental health and drug addiction treatments. State and federal laws already require health...

Flower vendors wait for buyers at a wholesale market in Bengaluru, India, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the COVID-19 pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: $14M more in virus funds for 3 Ariz universities

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona will provide the state’s three public universities with $14 million in additional funding to boost their efforts to test, track and respond to the coronavirus. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the money will help the universities build on their current efforts to track and contain...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, a Los Angeles Unified School District student attends an online class at Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood in Los Angeles. A group of nine parents is filing a lawsuit Thursday, Aug. 24, 2020 alleging the Los Angeles Unified School District's distance learning program since the pandemic has failed to meet state standards or guarantee a basic education and disproportionately harms Black and Latino students. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Parents sue over distance learning in Los Angeles

Sep. 24, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

Nine parents filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s distance learning program implemented during the pandemic fails to meet state educational standards and disproportionately harms Black and Latino students. The parents, who are supported by educational non-profits...

Health officials eligible for state confidentiality progam

Sep. 24, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday allowed health officials to hide their addresses under a California state program designed to protect people from harassment or violence. Newsom's executive order permits the secretary of state to make the Safe at Home confidentiality program...