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California rules set lower emissions for state vehicle fleet

Nov. 15, 2019 9:14 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California announced new rules Friday for its state vehicle fleet to reduce pollution and reward automakers that are siding with it against the Trump administration. Officials immediately barred state agencies from buying any sedans that only run on internal combustion engines,...

Vermont joins states challenging Trump car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is among 22 states and two cities trying to block the Trump administration from ending California’s authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. Federal law generally regulates vehicle pollution, but California...

23 states widen challenge to Trump administration car rules

Nov. 15, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Friday broadened its effort to block the Trump administration from ending its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks. It was joined by 22 states, the District of Columbia and two cities in suing the U.S. Environmental...

Arizona man accused of impersonating law enforcement officer

Nov. 13, 2019 8:35 AM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County authorities say a 72-year-old Prescott Valley man is accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer. County sheriff’s officials say Joseph Collins was arrested Saturday. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer who could comment on the allegation. An...

North Carolina attorney pleads guilty in tax case

Nov. 10, 2019 2:14 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina attorney is awaiting sentencing after federal prosecutors say he illegally spent at least $297,000 from his law firm on plastic surgery, luxury cars and a boat. The U.S. attorney for western North Carolina announced that John Francis Hanzel of Cornelius pleaded...

Minnesota governor pursuing more electric cars for the state

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is on a crusade. He wants to lower carbon emissions from Minnesota's transportation sector, and says his latest plan to adopt California rules for tailpipe emissions could help make a dent, in part by invigorating a lagging market for electric vehicles. "If we had more...

Ponzi schemer 'King Perry' pleads guilty; had lived lavishly

Nov. 4, 2019 5:32 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The fraudster called himself "King Perry," and for a while he lived like royalty. Perry Santillo masterminded a long-running investment scam that collected more than $115 million from 1,000 investors around the country, using some of the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle of cars,...

The Latest: Ponzi schemer 'King Perry' pleads guilty

Nov. 4, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Ponzi mastermind dubbed "King Perry" (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The mastermind of a long-running Ponzi scheme that collected more than $100 million from investors around the country has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Perry Santillo pleaded guilty...

New NY law says kids must be in rear-facing car seat

Nov. 3, 2019 12:42 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Toddlers now have to be placed in rear-facing car seats under a new law in New York. The law came into effect at the start of November. State officials say New York must ensure young children are protected in the event of a crash or sudden stop. The law applies to all children under the...

Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California

Oct. 29, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 smaller automakers are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The companies said Monday they will intervene in a lawsuit filed...