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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, traffic moves on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. Nearly two dozen states and several cities are challenging the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to review the actions of government agencies that led to the new rule being issued in March. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

May. 27, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation's car makers. They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals...

Officials: Car lender reaches $550M multi-state settlement

May. 19, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-four attorneys general announced a $550 million settlement Tuesday with auto loan financing company Santander over allegations it knowingly targeted consumers who were likely to default on its loans. Consumers who defaulted on their loans from the company as of last year...

Judge temporarily blocks Trump's California water plan

May. 12, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A federal court on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to pump more water to the agricultural Central Valley, which critics said would threaten endangered species and salmon runs. A judge issued a preliminary injunction in two lawsuits brought against...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 5, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. CALIFORNIA SUES UBER AND LYFT: California is suing ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law. 2. TRUMP DENIES US ROLE IN VENEZUELA: President Trump says the...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo 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. California is suing ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state's new labor law, AB5, in effect as of Jan. 1. Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the lawsuit Tuesday, May 5, 2020, during a news conference. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California sues Uber, Lyft over alleged labor law violations

May. 5, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California sued ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft on Tuesday, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state's new labor law. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco announced the lawsuit...

California lawsuit alleges 2 companies inflated gas prices

May. 4, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued two multinational gasoline trading companies Monday, alleging they ran a scheme that jacked up prices at the pump from 2015 to late 2016. Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the companies took advantage of market volatility following a 2015 explosion at...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Chris Puehse, owner of Foothill Ammo, displays .45-caliber ammunition for sale at his store in Shingle Springs, Calif. An appeals court on Friday, April 24, 2020, has reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge’s decision to stop the checks that he said violate the constitutional right to bear arms. The law, which took effect last July, requires Californians to pass an in-store background check before buying ammunition, which involves running buyers’ names through a California Department of Justice database that tracks legal purchases of guns. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Court reinstates California ammunition purchase law

Apr. 25, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court has reinstated a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, reversing a federal judge's decision to stop the checks that he said violate the constitutional right to bear arms. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the state...

FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Chris Puehse, owner of Foothill Ammo, displays .45-caliber ammunition for sale at his store in Shingle Springs, Calif. A federal judge on Thursday, April 23, 2020, blocked a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, ruling the restrictions violate the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled in favor of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, which asked him to stop the checks and related restrictions on ammo sales. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Judge tosses California ammunition purchase law

Apr. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, issuing a sharply worded rebuke of “onerous and convoluted” regulations that violate the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger...

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. What would normally be broad constitutional protections for freedoms of assembly, religion, even buying guns, have their limits when they endanger others during the coronavirus pandemic, California's top law enforcement officer said Thursday, April 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California's attorney general defends virus shutdowns

Apr. 17, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What would normally be broad constitutional protections for freedoms of assembly, religion — even buying guns — may be curtailed when they endanger others during the coronavirus pandemic, California’s top law enforcement officer said in an interview. The state...

Churches sue California governor over antivirus orders

Apr. 15, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Three Southern California churches that want to keep their doors open during the coronavirus outbreak sued Gov. Gavin Newsom and other officials on Monday, arguing that social distancing orders violate the First Amendment right to freedom of religion and assembly. The suit, filed...