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Vallejo chief supported firing officer over deadly shooting

Aug. 5, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The police chief of a San Francisco Bay Area city recommended firing one of six officers who shot and killed a man who had been sleeping in a car with a gun in his lap last year, according to documents released Wednesday. Vallejo Police Chief Shawny Williams agreed with an internal...

Caleb Antram of Somerset fills out a census form on-line outside of the Somerset Courthouse during the Somerset County commissioners census day party on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

Jul. 28, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request by asking Congress for extra funding to wrap up the 2020 census “as quickly, and safely as possible" in a move that could help ensure the...

FILE - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer appear at a news conference in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. California on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 became the latest state to sue President Donald Trump over his executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year's census. The nation's most populous state stands to lose a congressional seat if the president's order stands, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. He was joined by the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland and the Los Angeles Unified School District in arguing that the move is unconstitutional and did not follow proper legal procedures. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo, File)

California sues over Trump order on congressional maps

Jul. 28, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Tuesday became the latest state to sue President Donald Trump over his executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year's census. The nation's most populous state stands to lose a...

California men charged with $10M worldwide fraud scheme

Jul. 23, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three California men were charged with running a phony securities scheme that defrauded investors around the world out of more than $10 million, authorities said Thursday. Christopher Mancuso, John Black, and Joseph Tufo allegedly lured victims by promising to triple or quadruple...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on energy and infrastructure after signing it at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas. Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders. President Trump in April 2019 issued an executive order directing the change that critics said could make it harder for states to block pipelines and other projects over concerns that they could impair water quality. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

21 state attorneys general sue over new Trump water rule

Jul. 21, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders. They say that new final rules issued last week by the...

Dem AGs sue to stop rule revoking transgender protections

Jul. 20, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general sued the Trump Administration on Monday, seeking to block next month’s implementation of a rule overturning Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. New York Attorney General Letitia...

A BNSF Railway train hauling carloads of coal from the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming is seen east of Hardin, Mont., on July 15, 2020. A coalition of states is renewing its push to stop the Trump administration from selling coal from public lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

States try again to block coal sales that Trump revived

Jul. 20, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A coalition of states, environmentalists and American Indians on Monday renewed its push to stop the Trump administration from selling coal from public lands after a previous effort to halt the lease sales was dismissed by a federal judge. Joined by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at a press conference with Vice President Mike Pence in Tiger Stadium, on the LSU campus, in Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

23 AGs sue DeVos over student loan forgiveness policy

Jul. 15, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

Democratic attorneys general in more than 20 states sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday, seeking to repeal her overhaul of a student loan forgiveness program. Congress voted to strike down her policy, which makes it more difficult to get federal student loans erased, but President Donald Trump...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, second from right, announces an independent review of the Los Angeles Police Department's use of a gang member database after allegations of misuse in Los Angeles. The California attorney general revoked access to entries Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three officers were charged with falsifying records, authorities said Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio, File)

Police can't access LAPD gang database records after scandal

Jul. 14, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general on Tuesday made it impossible for law enforcement agencies to access entries that Los Angeles police made in the state's gang database after three LA officers were charged with falsifying records. The Los Angeles Police Department's records are roughly 25%...

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...