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California proposal would reinstate prisoners' voting rights

Feb. 08, 2023 15:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters could decide whether to reinstate voting rights to people in prison on felony convictions under a newly proposed constitutional amendment. It would be a major expansion of suffrage for incarcerated people if passed. California would join Maine...

State of the Union live updates: Latest on Biden's speech

Feb. 07, 2023 23:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Follow along for real-time updates on President Joe Biden's 2023 State of the Union address from The Associated Press. Live updates are brought to you by AP journalists at the White House, on Capitol Hill and beyond. ___ SAVORING THE MOMENT ...

U2's Bono, family of Tyre Nichols' among Jill Biden's guests

Feb. 07, 2023 22:43 PM EST

Rock star Bono, the family of Tyre Nichols and the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman in last month’s Monterey Park, California, shooting were among the featured guests sitting alongside first lady Jill Biden at Tuesday's State of the Union address. The guests were invited...

IRS urges special refund recipients to delay filing taxes

Feb. 07, 2023 17:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is recommending that taxpayers hold off on filing their tax returns for 2022 if they received a special tax refund or payment from their state last year. Last year, 19 states offered diverse programs that offered inflation relief...

Recording: Wife told police mentally ill husband had gun

Feb. 02, 2023 21:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Culver City, California, released body camera footage Thursday showing events before officers shot an unarmed man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the back last year, including audio recordings of his estranged wife telling police he was armed and dangerous. ...

Federal appeals court strikes down domestic violence gun law

Feb. 02, 2023 21:21 PM EST

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the government can't stop people who have domestic violence restraining orders against them from owning guns — the latest domino to fall after the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority set new standards for reviewing the nation's gun laws. ...

Psychedelic churches in US pushing boundaries of religion

Feb. 02, 2023 13:48 PM EST

HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to kick...

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

California seeks new gun restrictions following shootings

Feb. 01, 2023 18:43 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could soon ban people from carrying guns in nearly all public places as Gov. Gavin Newsom and his allies in the state Legislature seek to test the limits of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new conservative majority in the aftermath of six mass shootings last month...

Widow's suit: Unarmed mentally ill husband shot in back

Jan. 31, 2023 19:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California widow whose husband was suffering from a mental health crisis when she called a nonemergency number for help last year sued Culver City police Tuesday, alleging they shot her unarmed husband in the back as he was running from officers. Adriana Medina...