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Australia promises more money for overwhelmed spy agency

Oct. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government minister on Thursday promised an unprecedented funding increase for Australia's main spy agency, which is struggling to meet demands posed by the nation's new foreign interference laws, espionage and terrorism. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton promises more money...

Missouri dog breeder sued over conditions at kennels

Oct. 16, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state is suing a southwest Missouri dog breeder over what officials call continued substandard conditions at the business. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Wednesday he filed a lawsuit that accuses Puppy Love Kennel and its owner, Cory Mincey, of violating the...

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear veto challenge

Oct. 16, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case brought by a conservative law firm seeking to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of legislators through partial budget vetoes. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought the case in...

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

New York governor signs law aimed at foiling Trump pardons

Oct. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Wednesday clearing away legal hurdles that could have prevented state prosecutions of people pardoned by President Donald Trump for federal crimes. Supporters of the new law, including newly empowered Democrats elected last year, said New York's...

High court weighs state role in prosecuting immigrants

Oct. 16, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was seeking to...

Chief: Officer's Proud Boys membership didn't break policy

Oct. 15, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

A Connecticut police officer's membership in the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies, didn't violate department policies, the town's police chief has concluded in response to a civil rights group's concerns. The East Hampton officer, Kevin P. Wilcox, "stopped...

Last of special tax refund checks for many Virginians mailed

Oct. 15, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia say the state has met its deadline to mail taxpayers a special refund check. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Department of the Treasury mailed the last of nearly 2.7 million refund checks Friday. Eligible taxpayers will receive $110 if they filed...

California is first state to mandate school start times

Oct. 14, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The bell doesn't ring until 8 a.m. at Lincoln High School, but by then freshman Briana Lopez has been awake for hours. The 14-year-old leaves her house in Northern California at 6:30 each morning so she can get to school for a 7 a.m. marching band practice. On Mondays, she has a...

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...