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Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Norwegian entertainment reporter has sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that gives out the Golden Globe Awards, alleging that it acts as a cartel that stifles competition for its members. Reporter Kjersti Flaa filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday. Flaa said that despite reporting on Hollywood for many prominent Norwegian outlets, she has been repeatedly denied membership in the organization because the HFPA won't allow in new members whose work competes with that of existing ones.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Reporter sues Golden Globes organization over member rules

Aug. 3, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Norwegian entertainment reporter on Monday sued the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that gives out the Golden Globe Awards, alleging that it acts as a cartel that stifles competition for its members. Reporter Kjersti Flaa filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los...

Black nurses association wins order against its founder

Jul. 23, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A minority nursing association has won a temporary restraining order against its founder in Mississippi federal court amid a lawsuit over the rights to group's trademark, website and other intellectual property. The Black Nurses Rock Foundation represents 174,000 African American...

FILE - In this April 17, 2020 file photo hospital personnel stand outside Providence St. John's Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. California will spend $315 million more to buy hundreds of millions of protective masks as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. A new contract with Chinese manufacturer BYD will provide the state 120 million more tight-fighting N95 respirator masks and 300 million looser-fitting surgical masks. California first signed a $1 billion deal with the company in April and began receiving earlier shipments of masks in June after delays. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

California buys more masks, but some workers still lack

Jul. 23, 2020 12:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will spend $315 million more to buy hundreds of millions of protective masks as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. A new contract with Chinese manufacturer BYD will provide the state 120 million tight-fighting N95...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, talks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Trustees of California State University, the nation's largest four-year public university system, will vote Wednesday, July 22, 2020, on making ethnic studies a graduation requirement. Weber, authored the legislature's bill, which could go to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk as early as next week for his signature, her office said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Largest US public university system requires ethnic studies

Jul. 22, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ethnic and social justice studies will join English and science courses as graduation requirements at California State University, after the Board of Trustees at the nation’s largest four-year public university system approved the idea Wednesday. The change made amid the...

Kayleigh Bergh, of Haverhill, Mass., poses at city hall, Thursday, July 16, 2020, across the street from the polling station where she will be working on Election Day, in Haverhill. State and local election officials across the country are trying to recruit younger workers to staff polling places on Election Day in November. The effort is driven by concern that many traditional poll workers will be too worried about catching the coronavirus to show up. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As pandemic surges, election officials seek poll workers

Jul. 19, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Wanted: Poll workers willing to brave a global pandemic in November. Governments across the country are scrambling to find people to staff polling places for the presidential election this fall as the coronavirus sows doubt about how safe it will be to cast a ballot in person and...

Josefina Median wears a mask as she cleans a classroom at Wylie High School Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Wylie, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas deaths hit record, schools get OK for virtual classes

Jul. 17, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Friday gave public schools permission to keep campuses closed for more than 5 million students well into the fall as the state scrambles to contain one of the largest resurgences of the coronavirus in the country. California also issued strict guidance that makes it unlikely...

News organizations object to gag order in George Floyd case

Jul. 17, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news organizations asked a Minnesota judge on Friday to scale back the gag order he imposed in the case of four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. The July 9 gag order is overly broad and restricts a “staggering...

The Latest: Arizona extends pandemic moratorium on evictions

Jul. 16, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona renters dreading the expiration of a coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions will get a reprieve. Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the ban on evictions would be extended until Oct. 31. Arizona’s 120-day order had been due to end July 22. It was supposed to ensure people...

Teen locked up over school work; school disagrees with judge

Jul. 16, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit school district said no student should be punished for missed online work during the coronavirus pandemic, two days after a news organization reported that a judge placed a teenager in juvenile detention. ProPublica reported that the 15-year-old girl has been in...

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a woman at an urban health centre in Ahmedabad, India, Thursday, July 16, 2020. India's virus cases surged another 32,695 as of Thursday, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa two weeks after it was reopened to tourists. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India virus cases surge nearly 32,700, beach state shut anew

Jul. 16, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's virus cases surged another 32,695 as of Thursday, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa two weeks after it was reopened to tourists. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 968,876. The Health Ministry...