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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...

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions

Dec. 9, 2019 6:51 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 gun rights activists wearing “Guns SAVE Lives” stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. The “God. Family. Guns” rally was...

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...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...

Few female legislators in Wyoming can cause challenges

Dec. 9, 2019 12:02 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — When Bernadine Craft first arrived in Cheyenne as a member of the House of Representatives nearly a dozen years ago, one of her first lessons in Wyoming politics came from a veteran female lawmaker. She offered Craft the same lesson numerous women have heard since first gaining seats in...

Cities challenging new state law on guns

Dec. 8, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Ohio cities challenging a new state law that they say infringes on their ability to regulate firearms are ready for their day in court. The cities are asking for an injunction to delay part of the law from taking effect until the court rules whether it's constitutional. The provision the cities are challenging...

Changes sought to Mississippi law on college trustees

Dec. 7, 2019 2:29 PM EST

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A college president and supervisors in a northeast Mississippi county want changes to a law that revised how trustees are appointed for community colleges. The Daily Corinthian reports that Alcorn County supervisors are unhappy with a law passed by the 2019 Legislature that...

New Mexico announces emergency rules for boarding homes

Dec. 7, 2019 2:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has enacted emergency rules governing the licensing and regulation of boarding homes that house individuals discharged from mental or behavioral health care institutions. The Department of Health said Friday in a statement that the emergency rules took effect Thursday and...