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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, Porsche Bennett, Organizer for Black Lives Activists Kenosha, poses for a photo with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wis. On Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting Bennett exposed the Democratic presidential candidate by saying she would not “go off” a paper she was provided by his campaign. Bennett was given the paper to read by her organization, not by Biden’s campaign.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 4, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: A Black woman speaking at a community event with Joe Biden in Kenosha,...

In this still image from California State Assembly video, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers on a housing bill while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Wicks requested permission from legislative leaders to vote remotely during the coronavirus pandemic because of her newborn but was denied. (California State Assembly via AP)

Frenzied final day brings firsts for California Legislature

Sep. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of newly passed California bills could be in jeopardy after most of the Republicans in the state Senate were forced to vote remotely for several days because of the coronavirus — a legally untested procedure legislative leaders expect will prompt a lawsuit in the...

File - Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, urges lawmakers to approve a measure to place a proposed Constitutional amendment on the November ballot to overturn the ban on state affirmative action programs, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The California Senate advanced a bill Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, to ban evictions through January for people who can't pay their rent due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor signs eviction relief bill amid virus

Sep. 1, 2020 9:19 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians who haven't paid their rent since March 1 because of the coronavirus can stay in their homes through at least Jan. 31 under a new state law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed late late Monday — one day before statewide eviction protections are set to expire. The pandemic...

FILE - Police aim weapons on demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Supporters of legislation allowing for

California bill to strip badges from 'bad officers' fails

Sep. 1, 2020 3:37 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow “bad officers” to be permanently stripped of their badges failed to pass the California Legislature on Monday as state lawmakers could not muster enough support to pass one of the year's top policing reform bills. The measure would have...

File - Dozens of supporters of a measure to limit when companies can label workers as independent contractors circle the Capitol during a rally in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.  California lawmakers on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, were preparing to exempt about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California lawmakers OK more exemptions from labor law

Sep. 1, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday OK'd exemptions to about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors. Among other things, the legislation would end what critics had said were unworkable limits on services...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters at his Capitol office, in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, moved to use the most populous state's market power to lower the cost and increase the availability of prescription drugs for its nearly 40 million residents, with supporters citing the coronavirus pandemic as proof that more is needed to reduce shortages in drugs and other medical supplies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California OKs bill to flex power on prescription drugs

Sep. 1, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday passed a bill to use the most populous state's market power to lower the cost and increase the availability of prescription drugs for its nearly 40 million residents, with supporters citing the coronavirus pandemic as proof that more is needed to...

California bill prompted by Bryant crash photos advances

Aug. 31, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others would make it a misdemeanor for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime. The bill sponsored by the Los Angeles County...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The California Senate voted Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, to require the state's top prosecutor to investigate all police shootings that kill an unarmed civilian, advancing one of the highest profile reforms introduced this year in response to the killing of George Floyd. The Senate OK'd the bill despite opposition from Becerra. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Senate OKs state reviews for police shootings

Aug. 30, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is close to requiring independent investigations any time police kill an unarmed civilian, a move that would strip authority from local prosecutors at a time of heightened distrust between law enforcement and communities of color. But the proposal that easily passed the...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020, file photo, State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, discusses one of the more than one dozen budget trailer bills before the Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African-Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California moves to consider reparations for slavery

Aug. 29, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police. The...

FILE - In this May 29, 2020, file photo, police officers shoot rubber bullets in Los Angeles, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. County supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. California lawmakers were also poised to vote on bills banning the use of carotid restraints and chokeholds by police and limiting their use of rubber bullets and tear gas against peaceful protesters. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

California considers police reforms as session end nears

Aug. 28, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — County supervisors could increase their oversight of sheriffs under one of several pending legislative proposals that gained momentum Friday in the wake of national unrest after the death in May of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. California lawmakers will also...