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Iowa appeals ex-Gov. Branstad $1.5M discrimination verdict

Nov. 22, 2019 6:16 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against a former state official because the official is gay, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. A jury awarded former Iowa Workers’ Compensation...

Cuba lays out rules governing surveillance, informants

Nov. 22, 2019 1:39 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has publicly laid out the rules governing the extensive, longstanding surveillance and undercover investigation of the island’s 11 million people. A new decree approved by President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Oct. 8 and made public this week says prosecutors can approve...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

California lawmaker wants to ban sending unwanted nude pics

Nov. 21, 2019 5:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When she was first elected to the California state Assembly, Ling Ling Chang publicly posted her cellphone number to get feedback from her constituents. It worked, but it came with a dark side effect: unwanted nude photos from strangers. Exposing yourself on the street is a crime,...

Mexico strikes automatic child custody for divorced moms

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s high court has struck down a clause in the capital’s family code automatically granting custody of young children to mothers in divorce cases. The Supreme Court found Thursday that the rule governing custody of kids under 12 years old is unconstitutional for making...

Illinois governor’s order restricts timeout rooms in schools

Nov. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered the state’s public schools to immediately restrict the use of isolation rooms for students who don’t pose a clear safety risk. The Democrat said he directed the Illinois State Board of Education to issue emergency rules...

Missouri lawmakers vow to go after carjackers, but not guns

Nov. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Republican legislators and Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday laid out legislative priorities for 2020 aimed at fighting violent urban crime, but they made it clear that those priorities don’t include stricter gun laws. Legislative leaders said...

5 Signs an Online Loan Is a Debt Trap

Nov. 19, 2019 11:35 AM EST

As you scan the crowded pages of Google search results for a low-cost loan, it can be difficult to decipher reputable lenders from predatory ones. These lenders, who use abusive or unfair practices, offer loans with high rates and excessively long or short repayment terms that make the lender money but leave the...

Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death. The...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...