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Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jan. 25, 2023 11:07 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Jan. 23 The Washington Post on gun violence in the United States Gun violence is so regular an occurrence in the United States that no incident, however tragic, comes as a surprise. But...

Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings

Jan. 24, 2023 20:16 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families from Uvalde on Tuesday pleaded with new urgency for tougher gun laws in the wake of a series of mass shootings in California, including the nation's deadliest act of gun violence since last year's attack at a Texas elementary school. “People are...

Colorado lawmakers to consider ban on semiautomatic weapons

Jan. 24, 2023 16:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Two decades after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and two months after five people were killed at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado lawmakers are drafting a sweeping ban on semiautomatic firearms. If passed, the ambitious legislation would make...

No more nuggets? School lunch goes farm-to-table — for some

Jan. 24, 2023 13:26 PM EST

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — As the fine-dining chef at a suburban high school gave samples of his newest recipes, junior Anahi Nava Flores critiqued a baguette sandwich with Toscano salami, organic Monterey Jack, arugula and a scratch-made basil spread: “This pesto aioli is good!" ...

California Supreme Court dumps triple-slaying death sentence

Jan. 23, 2023 23:13 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned the murder convictions and death sentence for a man who killed three people and committed a series of other crimes in San Diego in 1985. The court ordered a new trial for Billy Ray Waldon, ruling unanimously...

Newsom budget would cut some money for flood protection

Jan. 22, 2023 10:47 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Multiple flood protection projects in California are on hold after Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed cutting their funding to help cover a $22.5 billion budget deficit — a decision disappointing environmental advocates as weeks of powerful storms have caused widespread...

Today in History: JAN 22, Supreme Court gives abortion right

Jan. 22, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2023. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to...

Tax the rich? Liberals renew push for state wealth taxes

Jan. 20, 2023 18:40 PM EST

Supporters of taxes on the very rich contend that people are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a bigger appetite for what they’re calling “tax justice.” Bills announced Thursday in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut...

California bill calls for revenue sharing in college sports

Jan. 19, 2023 19:13 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would require schools that play major college sports to pay some athletes as much as $25,000 annually, along with covering the cost of six-year guaranteed athletic scholarships and post-college medical expenses. ...