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California Senate OKs ban on hairstyle discrimination

Apr. 22, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could become one of the first states to outlaw racial discrimination because of hairstyles — such as braids and dreadlocks — in a move aimed at challenging long-held standards of professionalism in the workplace. The California Senate voted 37-0 on Monday...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Apr. 22, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...

Animal rights groups sue Iowa over its latest ag-gag law

Apr. 22, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal rights groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday challenging a new Iowa law that makes it a trespass crime to conduct undercover investigations at livestock farms, a measure the Legislature approved just weeks after a federal judge struck down a similar law. The latest bill was...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, AG spread untruths on Mueller report

Apr. 22, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still distorting the truth about the Russia investigation , claiming exoneration from a special counsel's report that he is also assailing as hopelessly biased. Confronted with unflattering details in the report about his monthslong effort to undermine federal...

Law lets some hospitals seize tax refunds

Apr. 21, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina law originally written to help state and local governments collect debts is being used by some state hospitals to seize tax refunds from people with past-due medical bills. A report on the practice in Sunday's Post and Courier says much of the money flows to some of...

Boy's drag performance at Ohio bar prompts lawmaker's action

Apr. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The drag queen performance of a 9-year-old boy at a bar outside Ohio's capital city has prompted a state legislator to propose a law aimed at closing what he says is a "loophole in child exploitation laws." The Blade reports legislation proposed by Rep. Timothy Schaffer, a Lancaster...

Review: Diversity in Texas Legislature not reflecting state

Apr. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Even though a record-setting number of Hispanics have been elected as lawmakers in Texas, a review has found that the racial breakdown of the Legislature does not accurately reflect the diversity of the state's general population. An Austin American-Statesman analysis of the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team's distortions on Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller all but boldfaced this finding in his report on the Russia investigation: No exoneration for President Donald Trump on whether Trump criminally obstructed justice. But Trump and his aides are stating that Mueller's report did exonerate. No words from the...

Colorado begins rewriting oil-gas rules with focus on safety

Apr. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are taking the first steps to implement a new law that makes public health and the environment their top priority. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released interim guidelines Friday for companies to comply with the law. The commission also outlined...