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Lawsuit: Former DC officers made to retire over disabilities

Dec. 16, 2019 2:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Washington, D.C., police officers are suing their old department, saying it regularly violates the Americans With Disabilities Act and forced them to retire over mental or physical illnesses. The federal lawsuit filed Thursday against the district, department and its chief...

Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019

Dec. 16, 2019 12:53 AM EST

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both parties, and five rounds of high-pressure debates. And while the field has been...

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis

Dec. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Unrelenting pain in her hips and weeks of insomnia left Nelly Valbuena desperate for relief from her metastatic breast cancer. The university professor found freedom from her disease’s cruel side effects in an unexpected remedy: CBD, a compound extracted from the cannabis...

Mexico trade negotiator: We'll never accept US 'inspectors'

Dec. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s trade negotiator for North America said Sunday that Mexico categorically opposes allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country, saying that was not contemplated in the recent agreement with Washington and Ottawa on the USMCA pact to replace the North...

Massachusetts regulators issue new standards for toxins

Dec. 15, 2019 3:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state regulators have issued new standards for toxic compounds in drinking water. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively called PFAS, have turned up in public water supplies and private wells around the country, and there is growing evidence that long-term...

Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

Dec. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year....

Proposal to prevent cyberattacks included in defense bill

Dec. 15, 2019 12:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is touting legislation designed to protect the energy grid from cyberattacks that is slated to be included in the 2020 defense authorization bill. Sen. Angus King introduced the bipartisan proposal with Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho. The senators said...

Lawsuit filed after recording banned at utility rate hearing

Dec. 15, 2019 10:47 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses the Alabama Public Service Commission of violating the Open Meetings Act by preventing audience members from recording a recent hearing. The lawsuit was filed by Laura Casey, a Democratic candidate for PSC president. Casey was one of three people...

Narrow server farm vote shows legislative rift on tax breaks

Dec. 15, 2019 10:41 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A razor-thin legislative vote on tax breaks for a Grand Rapids-area data center could portend problems for other companies or industries hoping to secure incentives to stay in or expand into Michigan. In the Republican-led Legislature's final days of voting this year, it was not a...

Cuomo: Ban gun ownership for out-of-state offenders

Dec. 15, 2019 10:09 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to tighten gun restrictions by preventing people from getting a New York gun license if they have committed a serious crime in another state, the Democratic governor announced Sunday. “This new law will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous...