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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, left, with Deputy Attorney General Yvonne Chi, discusses the state's lawsuit challenging the Trump administration over the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to open more than 1 million acres of public land to oil and gas drilling in the middle of the state, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra said the federal government could allow more use of the controversial extraction method known as fracking without properly considering the consequences. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

California sues to block Trump administration fracking plans

Jan. 17, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California increased its efforts Friday to keep the federal government from allowing oil and gas drilling on more than 1 million acres of public land, suing to block the Trump administration from issuing new permits in the central part of the state. The lawsuit against the U.S....

Appeals court: California city bound by sanctuary law

Jan. 10, 2020 3:54 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday ruled that a state law limiting police collaboration with federal immigration agents doesn't interfere with a charter city's right to run its own police force. The decision reverses an Orange County judge's 2018 ruling that cities that create...

This screen grab from the website HealthCare.gov shows the extended deadline for signing up for health care coverage for 2020. The Trump administration says people will get more time to sign up for “Obamacare” health insurance following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the new HealthCare.gov deadline is 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via AP)

Democratic states appeal Obamacare ruling to Supreme Court

Jan. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that could put the Obama-era health law squarely in the middle of the 2020 election, Democratic-led states Friday asked the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. A...

Firm sues California over ban on private prisons

Dec. 31, 2019 12:57 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A private prison firm that just won multibillion-dollar contracts to run federal immigration detention centers in California sued the state on Monday, claiming that a new ban on for-profit lockups in California is unconstitutional. The GEO Group, Inc., argued in the federal suit that...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo a woman types on a keyboard in New York. Forty million Californians will shortly obtain sweeping digital privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Calif. vastly expands digital privacy. Will people use it?

Dec. 29, 2019 12:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forty million Californians will soon obtain sweeping digital privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S. — rights that could pose a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it created. So long as state residents don't mind shouldering much of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra gestures while speaking at a media conference in San Francisco. Forty million Californians will shortly obtain sweeping digital privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. “If we do this right in California,

Calif. vastly expands digital privacy. Will people use it?

Dec. 29, 2019 11:15 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forty million Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. So long as state residents don't mind shouldering much of the burden of exercising...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, is joined by senior adviser Melanie Fontes-Rainer, left, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. One of Northern California's largest health systems is paying $575 million to settle claims that it used anti-competitive practices to bump up costs for patients. Becerra on Friday called the settlement with Sutter Health one of the nation's largest actions against anti-competitive conduct in the health care marketplace. (AP Photo/Don Thompson)

Health system pays $575 million to settle anti-trust lawsuit

Dec. 20, 2019 5:58 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of Northern California's largest health systems will pay $575 million to settle claims that it used anti-competitive practices to bump up costs for patients, the state's attorney general said Friday, though that falls short of damages sought in a related private lawsuit that...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses settlements reached with 52 automobile parts manufacturers for illegal bid rigging during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Bacerra's office urged a state appeals court Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 to refrain from ordering it to review and publicly release a massive trove of records documenting investigations into police shootings, use-of-force incidents and officer misconduct. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)

Battle over police records reaches California appeals court

Dec. 19, 2019 8:34 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California attorney general's office urged a state appeals court Thursday to refrain from ordering it to review and publicly release a massive trove of records documenting investigations into police shootings, use-of-force incidents and officer misconduct. Lawyers for Attorney...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 file photo, People wait in line to enter the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to sit in overflow rooms to hear arguments in New Orleans. The federal appeals court ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people have health insurance left hanging key questions about what happens to other provisions of the law, like coverage for preexisting conditions. The decision Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans sent the case back to a federal district court judge who had declared the entire law invalid because there was no longer a tax on people without health care. It will now be up to Judge Reed O’Connor to parse out what of the ACA should survive.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

What's next in legal drama over the Affordable Care Act?

Dec. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The federal appeals court ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that people have health insurance left hanging key questions about what happens to other provisions of the law, like coverage for preexisting conditions. President Barack Obama’s signature...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019 file photo, People wait in line to enter the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to sit in overflow rooms to hear arguments in New Orleans. The “individual mandate

Court: Part of 'Obamacare' invalid, more review needed

Dec. 18, 2019 11:34 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down “Obamacare’s” now-toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance but sidestepped a ruling on the law’s overall constitutionality. The decision means the law remains in effect for now. The 2-1 ruling...