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California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men that have roiled the nation. "We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends...

Latest: Calif. governor signs law to limit police shooting

Aug. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California measure aimed at deterring shootings by police (all times local): 11:45 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a measure aimed at deterring shootings by police. Newsom says the law he approved Monday will reduce the number of lives lost and begin...

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Aug. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John Davis, president...

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to...

Fate of legalized marijuana in Connecticut remains hazy

Aug. 19, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After coming close this year, Connecticut lawmakers have yet to decide when to make another attempt at legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana. Legislators acknowledge it's doubtful there will be a vote this summer or fall. And despite a desire by proponents to revisit the issue...

Senator condemns mock assassination of Trump at fundraiser

Aug. 19, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Democratic state senator is apologizing for a mock assassination of Republican President Donald Trump staged at a weekend fundraiser. WCIA-TV in Champaign reports that the incident occurred Friday night at Chicago Sen. Martin Sandoval's golf outing in the Chicago suburb of...

Amash dumped Trump, and now Mich. district may dump Amash

Aug. 19, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Eirran Betka-Pope was on her lunch break when she spotted hundreds of Donald Trump supporters protesting outside the office of Rep. Justin Amash, the first Republican on Capitol Hill to say Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the president. The protesters, who...

Daughter of deceased Alaska state senator applies for seat

Aug. 19, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The daughter of a recently-deceased Alaska state senator applied to fill his vacant seat, a report said. Tali Birch Kindred, 37, announced her decision last week following the Aug. 7 death of her father, 68-year-old Chris Birch, Alaska Public Media reported Friday. Birch died from...

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Aug. 18, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died. After struggling for years with cancer, Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette....

Senate panel to discuss reducing number of USC trustees

Aug. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of state senators is meeting this week to discuss a bill that would cut the number of trustees overseeing the University of South Carolina by nearly half to 11. The bill was introduced in April and will likely get even more attention after trustees were nearly split on hiring...