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Massachusetts officials rescind ban on vaping product sales

Dec. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Retailers in Massachusetts will once again be allowed to sell unflavored vaping products after state officials on Wednesday ended an emergency ban on their sale and approved new restrictions on flavored vaping products. The state’s Public Health Council on Wednesday voted to rescind a...

Court: Sending part of car tax to new board unconstitutional

Dec. 11, 2019 5:31 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state law that sends a small percentage of local governments' motor vehicle sales taxes to a state board is unconstitutional, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. At issue is a 2017 law establishing the Uniform Local Sales Tax Board. The panel was established to provide...

NCAA: 'Highly probable' Congress passes athlete comp rules

Dec. 11, 2019 5:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday it is “highly probable” Congress will set national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Emmert, who spoke at a forum sponsored by the Sports Business Journal, said he...

Congress finalizes bill restoring black college funding

Dec. 10, 2019 8:47 PM EST

After months of negotiation, Congress gave final approval Tuesday for a bill promising to restore more than $250 million a year to the nation's historically black colleges and universities, along with other institutions that teach large shares of minority students. The House voted 319-96 in favor of the...

New law sets standards boosting New York's hemp industry

Dec. 10, 2019 5:52 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's fast-growing hemp industry is getting a boost from a new law allowing the state to regulate the growth and sale of cannabis-derived extracts such as CBD oil, which is soaring in popularity as a wellness product. Broad-ranging legislation signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Group files brief in defense of North Dakota abortion law

Dec. 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An anti-abortion group has filed a brief in defense of a North Dakota law that requires doctors to inform women that they can reverse the procedure when it is carried out with medication, even though the science behind that claim is disputed. Heartbeat International Inc. and its...

Rules governing fantasy sports operations go into effect

Dec. 10, 2019 12:51 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New rules that govern how fantasy sports companies operate and advertise in New Jersey are now in effect. The state Division of Consumer Affairs adopted the rules last week, building on a law signed in 2017 as the industry mushroomed before the legalization of sports gambling a year...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 10, 2019 6:31 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO DO Unveil two articles of impeachment against President Trump — for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 2. IG REPORT ON RUSSIA PROBE MIXED The Justice...

NY to bar sale of products with industrial chemical in 2022

Dec. 10, 2019 5:24 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic governor has signed a bill effective Jan. 1, 2022 to prohibit the sale of household cleaning products that contain a chemical often used as an industrial solvent. Democratic Assembly Member Steve Englebright says the bill signed Monday will reduce the amount of...

Opponents drop bid to block California vaccination law

Dec. 9, 2019 10:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents on Monday dropped their attempt to block California’s new law cracking down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children's vaccinations. They had floated two measures that could have put the Jan. 1 law on hold until voters considered...