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Mexican actor Pablo Lyle request 'Stand Your Ground' hearing

Jul. 11, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Mexican actor Pablo Lyle says he wants his manslaughter case dismissed under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law for fatally punching a driver during a road-rage incident in Miami. Miami Herald reports lawyers for Lyle told judges Thursday that it was self-defense. Circuit Judge...

County clerk files suit over NY immigrant license law

Jul. 9, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A county clerk in western New York has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law authorizing driver's licenses for immigrants who are in the country illegally. Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns' challenge, filed late Monday in federal court, seeks an injunction blocking the law while...

Maine governor signs hands-free driving, tobacco bills

Jun. 28, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor this week signed dozens of new bills to require hands-free driving, protect pregnant employees and prevent adults from providing tobacco to young people. Gov. Janet Mills' office said late Thursday that she's signed into law roughly two dozen new bills,...

Jury awards $585K to Minnesota officer over license lookups

Jun. 21, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver's license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its verdict Wednesday in...

Police pose as utility workers to catch distracted drivers

Jun. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — It's been nearly a year since a law combating distracted driving passed in Georgia, and police are getting creative to make sure drivers keep adhering to it. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports three Marietta police officers posed as utility workers Wednesday. They sought drivers...

Florida law to allow autonomous cars _ when they're ready

Jun. 13, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Self-driving vehicles with no humans on board will be able to operate in Florida — once they're finally ready for prime time — under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis said he hopes to use the law to lure companies that test and build the cars. The...

Uber, Lyft suggest changes but want drivers as contractors

Jun. 12, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based tech firms...

NY Assembly votes to give driver's licenses for immigrants

Jun. 12, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would become the 13th state to permit driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally under legislation passed the state Assembly Wednesday. The measure has the support of liberal groups, the state's largest business organization and Gov. Andrew Cuomo,...

Taxi park-in jams Mexico City's Zocalo to protest ride apps

Jun. 3, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Taxi drivers snarled traffic in downtown Mexico City on Monday in their latest protest against Uber and other ride-hailing apps. The demonstrators drove hundreds of pink-and-white-liveried cabs along central boulevards and then parked them on the capital's sprawling main square, known as...