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California ends use of out-of-state prisons after 13 years

Jun. 25, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen years after California began exporting thousands of felons to private prisons across the nation, the last convict boarded a bus back to California on Tuesday. "This is an historic day for corrections, to be out of the out-of-state business," said Corrections Secretary...

Lawyers for church leader decry Becerra's comments on client

Jun. 8, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday. Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference Thursday...

California governor won't free Manson follower Van Houten

Jun. 3, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board's decision to free Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten on Monday, marking the third time a governor has stopped the release of the youngest member of Manson's murderous cult. Van Houten, 69, is still a threat, Newsom...

California water utilities seek relief from fire lawsuits

May. 29, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Facing more wildfires and the lawsuits that come with them, a group of public and private California water systems want lawmakers to shield them from having to pay damages caused by fires they did not start but failed to help put out. While wildfire lawsuits have typically...

California regulators not taking action against care homes

May. 20, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $1.4 million in back wages and penalties. "There's no accountability," said Hina Shah, an associate law professor at Golden...

California governor pardons 2 ex-refugees facing deportation

May. 13, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two former Cambodian refugees facing deportation for crimes committed as young adults were among seven people granted clemency Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his first pardons since taking office in January. Newsom pardoned Kang Hen, of San Jose, who pleaded guilty to...

White House hopefuls swarm rival's home turf of California

May. 12, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf. Former Vice President Joe Biden swooped in to Los Angeles on Wednesday to...

New budget proposal tackles homelessness in California

May. 9, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calling it "a stain on the state of California," Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday vowed to use part of a historic budget surplus to tackle homelessness in the nation's most prosperous state. "This homeless issue is out of control," Newsom told reporters on as he unveiled his revised...

Democratic state lawmakers try to get Trump tax returns, too

May. 7, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Congress won't be seeing President Donald Trump's tax returns any time soon, but that request isn't the only way Democrats are trying to pry them loose. So far this year, lawmakers in at least 20 states have introduced bills that would require presidential candidates to release their...

California governor wants to end tax on tampons, diapers

May. 7, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, unveiled Tuesday what they call a "parents' agenda," including proposals to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and to use revenue from legal marijuana sales to expand child care programs. "The governor and I...