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A Berkeley police vehicle waits at a stop light near graffiti calling for the defunding of the Berkeley police department on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. The city of Berkeley moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement. The City Council also set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50%. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops

Jul. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling. The City Council...

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, left, speaks with Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, right, about broadband services in rural communities following a Senate hearing on distance learning, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Both Presley and Public Service Commissioner for the Southern District Dane Maxwell, second from right, addressed the senators as the lawmakers also heard from education leaders, communications experts and businessmen about the impact and expense of COVID-19 on the state's educational institutions. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves chooses senator to lead Mississippi utilities staff

Jul. 15, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed a third-term Republican state senator to be the new director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff, a group that analyzes proposals and provides advice to the three elected members of the Public Service Commission. Sen. Sally Doty, 53, of Brookhaven,...

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US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

Jul. 15, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights, including in China's western Xinjiang province. ...

FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo, the Eldorado Resort Casino stands in Reno, Nev. New Jersey gambling regulators began Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to consider Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.'s plan to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a sweeping $17.3 billion deal affecting four of nine casino properties in Atlantic City. (Colton Lochhead/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

New Jersey regulators take up Eldorado plan to buy Caesars

Jul. 15, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

New Jersey gambling regulators began Wednesday to consider Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts Inc.’s plan to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a sweeping $17.3 billion deal affecting four of nine casino properties in Atlantic City. Approval by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission could come Thursday, and...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, people play blackjack at the reopening of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Some Las Vegas casinos are updating their smoking policies to limit the practice, which causes people to remove the protective face masks that they're required to wear inside. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Some Las Vegas casinos limit smoking at table games

Jul. 15, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several Las Vegas casinos are limiting smoking as a way to keep patrons from removing the protective face masks they are required to wear. Las Vegas Sands Corp. in mid-June updated its policy to ask that table game players and spectators do not smoke or vape. Sands spokesman Keith Salwoski...

Signs in Spanish warn about symptoms of COVID-19 at the entrance to the Girl's Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida breaks 300K mark for coronavirus; another 112 die

Jul. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida passed the 300,000 mark of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday and reported more than 100 daily deaths for the third time in a week, prompting state Democratic leaders to accuse Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of not acting aggressively enough to stem the virus....

Colorado water officials to regulate ‘forever chemicals’

Jul. 15, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Water Quality Control Commission is putting new limits on a class of chemicals common in everything from nonstick pans to firefighting foam. Colorado Public Radio reports the commission voted unanimously Tuesday to regulate per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS...

President Donald speaks during an event on American infrastructure at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

Jul. 15, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with keeping big construction projects from fouling up the environment and ensuring there is public input on major...

Groups petition for southeast Alaska wolf protections

Jul. 15, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups asked the federal government Wednesday to provide Endangered Species Act protections to a southeast Alaska wolf population they say is under threat from factors including the loss of habitat and hunting and trapping. The Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Lawsuit threatened over about-face on grizzly reintroduction

Jul. 15, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group is threatening to sue the Trump administration over its sudden reversal of plans to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascade mountain range of Washington state. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter Wednesday saying it intends file a federal lawsuit in 60...