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Plastic foam ban takes effect in Baltimore

Oct. 20, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A ban on plastic foam containers aimed at businesses that sell food has taken effect in Baltimore. Local media outlets report the ban on the material commonly referred to as Styrofoam began Saturday. The city council passed the ordinance in April. The ban applies to all food service...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

Schools ask lawmakers to ban betting on collegiate sports

Oct. 20, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's public colleges and universities are asking lawmakers to prohibit betting on collegiate sports as the state moves to authorize sports wagering, saying that bets on amateur athletic contests could compromise those sports. The Inter-University Council, consisting of Ohio's 14...

Election day's an alcohol-free holiday for Bolivians

Oct. 20, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — There's almost no traffic in the streets. Supermarkets are shuttered. Movies are closed. Pedestrians stroll through open-air markets set up on car-free avenues, then gather to picnic with the extended family. It's election day in Bolivia's capital, a forcible — if alcohol-free...

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

Oct. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland...

Nebraska senators: More revenue could mean property tax cuts

Oct. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who want to lower property taxes and replenish the state's rainy-day fund could have a slightly easier time accomplishing those goals next year, but many are still worried about the impact of major flooding and the struggling farm economy. Key lawmakers said they're...

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear lame-duck arguments

Oct. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats and their allies will make one last attempt to block their Republican rivals' contentious lame-duck laws on Monday during oral arguments before the state Supreme Court in a union lawsuit challenging the provisions. Things look bleak for the party after conservatives...

Prosecutors: Trade war opens doors For Mexican drug cartels

Oct. 20, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials in Oregon say they've uncovered an elaborate scheme to convert Mexican drug profits from sales in the United States back into pesos using Chinese citizens who seek to circumvent their country's banking laws. The Mexican drug cartels are taking...

North Carolina Republicans return for session likely end

Oct. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly could soon be done wrestling with legislation this year, but that doesn't mean they'll pin down a broad budget law or path forward on Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers return Monday following a roughly 10-day break. Senate leader Phil Berger said his...

New York lawmakers hold hearing on changing recycling market

Oct. 20, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state lawmakers will hold a hearing on recycling amid China's decision to restrict scrap imports. The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic has disrupted U.S. recycling programs, but it also has spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. The heads...