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California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

Oct. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of up to $25. Newsom, a Democrat,...

California to require abortion medication at public colleges

Oct. 11, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require abortion medication on college campuses under a law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University...

California adopts broadest US rules for seizing guns

Oct. 11, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a law that will make the state the first to allow employers, co-workers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people. The bill was vetoed twice by former governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, and goes beyond a...

California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

Oct. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hotels in the nation's most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with...

Parole denied again for inmate in 1976 school bus hijacking

Oct. 8, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials again rejected parole Tuesday for the last of three men convicted of hijacking a school bus full of children for $5 million ransom more than four decades ago. State parole officials decided that Frederick Woods, 67, can try again in five years. It's the 17th...

Patty Hearst prosecutor who later became judge dies at 97

Oct. 3, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samuel Mayerson, the prosecutor who took newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst to court for shooting up a Southern California sporting goods store in 1974 _ and then successfully argued for probation, not prison, for the kidnap victim-turned terrorist _ has died at age 97. Mayerson, who...

GOP attorney sues California for alleged voter violations

Oct. 1, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Republican lawyer who has waged lawsuits on behalf of the Trump administration sued the state of California and its Department of Motor Vehicles Tuesday, saying the agency is failing to verify citizenship for voter registration. A federal lawsuit filed by attorney Harmeet Dhillon...

Today in History

Sep. 28, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2019. There are 94 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1920, eight members of the Chicago White Sox were indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (All were acquitted at trial, but...

Bloomberg, California team on climate satellites

Sep. 25, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is teaming up with California to use satellites to track climate pollutants. Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its partnership with the state and the San Francisco Earth-imaging company Planet on Wednesday. It builds on former...

California ballot proposal would tighten data privacy rules

Sep. 25, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco developer who pressured California lawmakers into enacting the nation's most sweeping data privacy act is pushing a ballot measure to expand the law. Alastair Mactaggart's proposed November 2020 measure, to be unveiled Wednesday, aims to protect the California...