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Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

Nov. 12, 2018 8:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state. The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September...

Liz Cheney poised for ascent into Republican leadership

Nov. 12, 2018 2:39 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Liz Cheney has had a quiet first term as congresswoman, but that's about to change. She's seeking a House Republican leadership post that's key to her party's strategy against next year's Democratic majority. If she succeeds, Cheney will be the only woman in House Republican...

Family works through dyslexia challenges

Nov. 12, 2018 2:36 PM EST

HOLDEN, Mass. (AP) — There were always signs that something was different about Emma Bullock, her mother said. On one occasion, while they were watching an American Girl movie where the dyslexic main character sees letters moving around on the page, Rachel Bullock recalled, "Emma turned to me and said,...

Syrian president approves changes to property law

Nov. 12, 2018 10:09 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has approved amendments to a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the civil war. The amendments, published by state news agency SANA late Sunday, say residents now have a full year instead of one month to...

The Latest: Syria amends property law after criticism

Nov. 12, 2018 7:18 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Syrian President Bashar Assad has issued a decree amending a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the civil war. The amendment, published by state news agency SANA late...

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

Nov. 11, 2018 3:13 PM EST

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy. While...

Judicial panel tosses complaint against Ohio court justice

Nov. 10, 2018 4:16 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A three-judge panel has dismissed a complaint that an Ohio Supreme Court justice failed to recuse himself from cases involving his father, Republican Attorney Gen. and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine. Cleveland.com reports the decision issued Friday cited case law and said the "totality of...

Capitol Watch: Lawmakers to review voting problems

Nov. 10, 2018 11:19 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state political news, lawmakers plan to take a closer look at the problems reported on Election Day with an eye toward improving the voter experience. Meanwhile, supporters of a bill intended to make it easier for molestation victims to get justice are cheering Tuesday's...

Illinois police face barriers to mental health treatment

Nov. 10, 2018 9:31 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois police are still facing major hurdles when seeking mental health treatment despite the passage of a state law that aims to remove obstacles and lower the high suicide rate among officers, advocates said. An Illinois law that took effect in August prohibits police departments from...

Russian Federation: DNC case would violate international law

Nov. 9, 2018 6:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Russian ambassador to the United States has told a New York court it would violate international law for a judge to entertain legal claims against the Russian Federation by the Democratic National Committee. The ambassador's letter, dated Thursday, was entered into the case file Friday...