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Florida Supreme Court on the death penalty: We got it wrong

Jan. 23, 2020 11:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday it erred in 2016 when it ruled a jury must be unanimous in deciding a convicted murderer should be sentenced to death, announcing a dramatic legal reversal that could affect dozens of death row cases. The opinion pulled back from the court's...

NCAA President Mark Emmert speaks at the NCAA convention Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NCAA's Emmert: 'Our job' to solve athlete compensation

Jan. 23, 2020 9:54 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke for 20 minutes Thursday in a crowded ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center, two huge video boards on either side of the stage showing his image so the folks way in the back could see. He said many outside that room view college sports as...

Alaska Legislature to consider veto overrides

Jan. 23, 2020 9:42 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet Friday to consider overriding some of the vetoes made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, though the House speaker said it remains to be seen if the votes are there. At least 45 votes among the 60-person Legislature are needed for an override. House Speaker...

Alice White displays a package of Huggies disposable wipes at Pucci's Leader Pharmacy in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. A bill by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, that would require products that cannot be flushed down the toilet to be clearly labeled as such was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. It now goes for a vote in the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California could limit 'flushable' wipes tied to sewer clogs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wet wipes, those single-use wet tissues for babies and adults wanting something more than just toilet paper, are the scourge of sewer systems nationwide, according to several cities challenging claims that the products are safe to flush. Legislation in California that advanced on...

San Diego removes controversial sex offender law after suit

Jan. 23, 2020 8:49 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego will remove a law that restricted potential living locations for registered sex offenders who are no longer on parole for their crimes, according to a news report Thursday. The Child Protection Act of 2008 prohibited all registered sex offenders regardless of parole...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, rifles are lined up and ready to be auctioned at Johnny's Auction House, where the company handles gun sales for about a half dozen police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, in Rochester, Wash. After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

House passes bill to let State Patrol destroy crime guns

Jan. 23, 2020 8:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations. The measure gives the State Patrol the option available to all other law enforcement agencies in the state...

Lawmakers propose rival plans to bolster highway revenues

Jan. 23, 2020 8:23 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are considering two opposing plans for bolstering state highway revenues. Lawmakers heard two bills on Tuesday that propose new systems for vehicle registration fees in the state in response to a decline in gas tax revenue and road maintenance funding, New...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, smoke billows around power transmission lines as the Camp Fire burns in Big Bend, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest electric utility, filed for bankruptcy last year after facing an estimated $50 billion in damages from several Northern California wildfires that were linked to its equipment, including one blaze in 2018 that killed 85 people and destroyed about 19,000 buildings. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature. In the state plagued by catastrophic blazes started by strong...

FILE- This Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, shows a 3D printed gun called the Liberator, in Austin, Texas.  Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.  New York Attorney General Tish James is helping to lead the coalition, which filed the lawsuit Thursday.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

Jan. 23, 2020 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet. New York Attorney General Tish James, who helped lead the coalition of state...

Senate passes bill for schools to provide menstrual products

Jan. 23, 2020 7:16 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday requiring public schools to include free menstrual products in their bathrooms. Senate Bill 232 applies to schools that educate fifth-to-12th graders. According to the Virginia Department of Education, this encompasses 132 school...