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After #FreeBritney, California to limit conservatorships

Sep. 30, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill limiting conservatorships that grant legal guardianship over individuals, a move that comes after Britney Spears’ conservatorship case garnered national attention amid her attempts to regain control over her finances...

Newsom vetoes bill extending reparations committee deadline

Sep. 30, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill Thursday night that would have granted more time for a first-in-the-nation African American reparations committee to complete its work after the former assemblymember who authored legislation creating the committee asked the...

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Sep. 28, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the...

Maine man sentenced for 1993 rape, murder of woman in Alaska

Sep. 27, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man convicted in a rape and murder at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory that went unsolved for more than two decades was sentenced to 75 years in prison in Alaska. Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, declined to address the courtroom before the just...

California governor rejects mandatory kindergarten law

Sep. 25, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Beyond what they learn academically in kindergarten, students learn everyday routines: how to take care of class materials and how to be kind to their peers, according to Golden Empire Elementary School kindergarten teacher Carla Randazzo. While developing...

European spyware investigators criticize Israel and Poland

Sep. 21, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament members investigating the use of surveillance spyware by European Union governments sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday for a lack of transparency in allowing the sale of powerful Israeli spyware to European governments that have used it against...

The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

Sep. 20, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

Nonfiction 1. I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy, narrated by the author (Simon & Schuster Audio) 2. The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté, narrated by Daniel Maté (Penguin Audio) 3. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by...

California governor signs sweeping climate legislation

Sep. 16, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of bills Friday to expand California's reliance on clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, moves he said further establish the state as a global climate leader. The new laws include proposals aimed at reducing...

Live updates: Prince says procession aroused Diana memories

Sep. 15, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

LONDON — Prince William has told well-wishers that walking behind the coffin of his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II was “challenging” and brought back memories of the funeral of his mother, Princess Diana. William and his wife, Catherine, the new Princess of Wales, spent...

Shell CEO to step down as oil giant looks to climate goals

Sep. 15, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is stepping down at the end of 2022 after nine years in charge, the energy giant said Thursday, a change that comes as oil and natural gas companies are under pressure to shift away from fossil fuels even as they see soaring profits from energy prices...