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23 states sue Trump to keep California's auto emission rules

Sep. 20, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy....

Vermont 1 of 23 states suing over emissions standards

Sep. 20, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says the state is one of 23 states suing to stop the Trump administration from revoking California's authority to set emission standards for cars and trucks. Donovan says Vermont signed onto the lawsuit filed Friday by California's attorney...

California unemployment rate held steady at 4.1% in August

Sep. 20, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate held steady at the record low of 4.1% in August as the state's period of job gains reached 114 months, exceeding the expansion of the 1960s. The California Employment Development Department says Friday the state's employers added 34,500 nonfarm...

Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

Sep. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the...

The Latest: California defends tax return law after setback

Sep. 19, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing over California's law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns (all times local): 2:40 p.m. California's elections chief says he believes a state law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns is...

California promises fight to keep auto emission authority

Sep. 19, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration about how much pollution to allow from cars, California regulators on Thursday said they were considering cracking down on other emissions to make up for any impacts on air quality. The Trump administration on...

Elderly often face neglect in California care homes

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her final months, Elaine Geslicki, a bedridden dementia resident at a home for seniors in the Los Angeles area, had difficulty communicating. But by the time the owner of Court Yard Estates sent her to the hospital in an ambulance, the severe pressure sores and bite marks from rats...

No truce: Trump keeps up feud with California during visit

Sep. 18, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump remains on a war footing. With California. Trump's primary mission during his two-day visit to the state was to raise millions from wealthy Republicans. But he also made a point of deriding the state's handling of its homeless crisis, and on Wednesday, he issued a...

Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

Sep. 18, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In...

California adds wage, benefit protections for gig workers

Sep. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday signed sweeping labor legislation that aims to give wage and benefit protections to rideshare drivers at companies such as Uber and Lyft and to as many as a million workers across other industries. The closely watched proposal could have national...