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California calls pot smoke, THC a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 8:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel voted Wednesday to declare marijuana smoke and the drug's high-producing chemical — THC — a risk to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and require warning labels for products legally sold in the nation's largest pot market. The decision by the...

Senate OKs appeals court judges over home-state opposition

Dec. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed two conservative, Justice Department lawyers to posts on a California-based appeals court that President Donald Trump has tagged as a liberal bastion. The two nominees won seats on the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers a wide...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change

Dec. 11, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits. Installments of the elaborately produced hit were doled out one at a time by an established outlet, premium cable channel HBO. That...

Group seeks to block enactment of Nevada red flag gun law

Dec. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A conservative advocacy group wants quick action from a Nevada judge to block a statewide red flag gun law allowing firearms to be taken from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others. The group NevadansCAN is seeking an injunction against the law that is set to go into effect...

Intl journalist group: fewer media staff killed this year

Dec. 9, 2019 7:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Deaths among journalists killed in the line of duty are lower this year, but a journalism advocacy group said Monday that one reason appears to be that media workers are refraining from going to the most dangerous areas. The International Federation of Journalists said that 49 journalists...

Virginia legal landscape shifts as cannabis support grows

Dec. 9, 2019 5:17 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “We do grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces, pounds, wholesale pounds -- however you want it,” Jacob Stretch said, standing between crates of dried hemp in his living room that doubles as his hemp processing and drying facility. Stretch, owner of Chesapeake Blue, just...

Missouri settles lawsuit on foster kids on psychotropic meds

Dec. 9, 2019 1:59 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri will have to overhaul how it monitors children in foster care on psychotropic drugs as part of a settlement agreement finalized this past week. The settlement calls for the state to ramp up staff training and mandates regular check-ups for kids on psychotropic...

Wedding planning sites change policies on slave plantations

Dec. 5, 2019 6:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized. Pinterest says it will now limit...

Liberals protest as conservative legislative group gathers

Dec. 4, 2019 8:23 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Conservative lawmakers gathering in Arizona Wednesday for a conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council were greeted with protests and a lawsuit. The council, known as ALEC, has faced growing scrutiny over the model legislation shared at its conferences, which critics...