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  • energy Dec 5, 2019

    How Daylight Saving Time Affects Health

    Here’s what science has to say about a twice-yearly ritual affecting nearly 2 billion people worldwide.

  • Federal law Nov 26, 2019

    DNA Privacy: Test Results Could Affect Your Life Insurance Coverage

    Under federal law, companies are not allowed to use your genetic information against you for things like health insurance or a job. But that protection does not apply to things like life insurance or long-term care insurance, and the laws are constantly changing.

  • Donald Trump Nov 25, 2019

    Trumps Signs Bill to Crack Down on Animal Cruelty

    President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.” The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act prohibits extreme acts of cruelty when they occur in interstate commerce or on federal property. The legislation expands on a 2010 law...

  • Donald Trump Nov 18, 2019

    House Lawyer Says Committee Investigating Whether Trump Lied

    The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s investigation. Two of the three judges who heard arguments at the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit...

  • attorney Nov 16, 2019

    Documents Reveal Sexual Abuse at California Women's Prisons

    A former California state prison inmate tells her story of sexual abuse by prison staff during her time incarcerated. A closer look at newly released records reveals a culture of sexual misconduct in California’s women’s prisons.

  • New Jersey Nov 13, 2019

    Student Debt Soars as Borrowers Are Slow to Repay

    Imagine a credit card bill that takes a decade or longer to pay off. Now imagine that you can’t get rid of it in a bankruptcy if your personal finances go off-track. Finally, imagine there are millions just like you, enough to attract the attention of presidential candidates. This is the $1.6 trillion world of federal student loans, next to...

  • Donald Trump Nov 13, 2019

    Justice Dept. Rolls Out New Program to Combat Gun Violence

    Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.

  • New York Nov 13, 2019

    Supreme Court Appears Inclined to Let Trump End DACA Program

    Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would “destroy lives,” declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one the court’s liberals who repeatedly suggested the administration has not adequately justified its...

  • New York Nov 11, 2019

    New Federal Grant Program Allots $10M for Dams in 26 states

    Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did.

  • Donald Trump Nov 8, 2019

    Facebook Is Deleting the Name of the Potential Whistleblower

    Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions. The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates Facebook’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits material that could identify a “witness, informant, or...

  • Donald Trump Nov 6, 2019

    Congress Approves Bill Expanding Animal Cruelty Law

    Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called “animal crushing” videos illegal. The new bill would make the underlying acts of cruelty a federal crime. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act on Tuesday, two weeks...

  • energy Nov 2, 2019

    How Daylight Saving Time Affects Health

    Here’s what science has to say about a twice-yearly ritual affecting nearly 2 billion people worldwide.

  • New York Oct 20, 2019

    California Relishes Role as Liberal Trendsetter, Trump Foe

    The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world’s biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide.

  • Donald Trump Oct 19, 2019

    Trump Outstripping Obama on Pace of Executive Orders

    It wasn’t too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as “power grabs” and a “basic disaster.” He’s switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span. He surpassed Obama’s third-year total just recently. Back in 2012, Trump...

  • president Oct 18, 2019

    Supreme Court to Hear Case on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Supreme Court is stepping into a yearslong, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Friday to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The agency has long been a target of conservative Republicans. The...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Civil Rights Groups Slam RNC for ‘Fraudulent' Census Mailers to Montana Residents

    Civil rights groups Thursday blasted the Republican National Committee, claiming the group violated federal law and is trying to sow confusion after it mailed imitation census forms meant to mimic the real decennial to Montana voters to solicit money for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, NBC News reports. The RNC sent the forms — titled the 2019 Congressional District Census...

  • New York Oct 15, 2019

    Analysis: Most States Lack Laws Protecting LGBT Workers

    Rumors started circulating around the fire station in Byron, Georgia, within a year after the medical treatments began. The fire chief’s once-crewcut hair was growing longer, and other physical changes were becoming noticeable. Keeping quiet was no longer an option. The chief said that once members of the tiny Fire Department were told, word spread “faster than a nuclear explosion”...

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    Judge Rules Trump Violated the Law on Wall Funding With National Emergency

    A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump violated federal law when he used his declaration of a national emergency to get millions for building a wall on the southern border, NBC News reports. The ruling is a victory for El Paso County, Texas, and the Border Network for Human Rights, which sued to stop border construction in their...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Oct 4, 2019

    MGM Resorts Settles Vegas Shooting Lawsuits for Up to $800M

    Two years after a shooter rained gunfire on country music fans from a high-rise Las Vegas Strip hotel, MGM Resorts International has agreed to pay up to $800 million to families of the 58 people who died and hundreds of others who were injured, attorneys announced Thursday. The out-of-court agreement will resolve lawsuits in at least 10 states seeking compensation...

  • Associated Press Oct 2, 2019

    Pompeo Acknowledges He Was on Trump Call at Center of Impeachment Probe

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday he was on the July 25 phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden. “I was on the phone call,” Pompeo said at a joint news conference in Rome with his Italian counterpart, a disclosure that puts a spotlight...

  • Associated Press Oct 1, 2019

    House Democrats Subpoena Giuliani in Trump Impeachment Probe

    At one end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president raged about treason. At the other, the methodical march toward impeachment proceeded apace. Democrats on Monday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was at the heart of Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden’s family. That was after one of Trump’s staunchest defenders, Senate Majority Leader...

  • Donald Trump Sep 29, 2019

    Can Washington Deliver on Drug Costs Amid Impeachment Probe?

    Major legislation to reduce prescription drug costs for millions of people may get sidelined now that House Democrats have begun an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Proposals had been moving in Congress, but there are more ways for the process to break down than to succeed. Still, nobody says they’re giving up.

  • Attorney General Sep 26, 2019

    US House Passes Bill Giving Pot Businesses Access to Banking

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry. The bill, called the SAFE Banking Act, passed 321-103 on the strength of near-unanimous support from Democrats and nearly half of Republicans. Its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, but...

  • judge Sep 25, 2019

    From Honduras to California: A Trans Woman's Harrowing Journey Through the Asylum Process

    Jimena says she wore handcuffs almost everywhere she went at Winn Correctional Center: To visit the doctor, on the way to meet her attorney and even on phone calls. But sometimes, the cuffs came off, and she says she instead spent virtually all day locked behind a maximum security door at the Louisiana prison. Like in a movie, where a...

  • New York Sep 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Feds Over Endangered Species Act Rules

    Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar challenge filed last month by several environmental groups, including the Humane Society and the Sierra...

  • Iraq Sep 21, 2019

    Charge Against Miami Airport Airline Mechanic Highlights ‘Insider Threat'

    The arrest of an airline mechanic suspected of being sympathetic with terrorists and charged with sabotaging a jetliner has renewed fear about the “insider threat” to aviation security. Despite security upgrades since the hijacking terror attacks of 2001, breaches including a gun-running operation at the nation’s biggest airport illustrate the possibility that a well-placed airline or airport employee could bring...

  • Department of Justice Sep 9, 2019

    US Mass Shooters Exploited Gaps, Errors in Background Checks

    Most mass shooters in the U.S. acquired the weapons they used legally because there was nothing in their backgrounds to disqualify them, according to James Alan Fox, a criminologist with Northeastern University who has studied mass shootings for decades. But in several attacks in recent years gunmen acquired weapons as a result of mistakes, lack of follow-through or gaps in...

  • Associated Press Sep 7, 2019

    Smoke, Not Fire, Blamed for 34 Deaths in Dive Boat Disaster

    Dozens of people trapped on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast appear to have died from smoke inhalation, not burns, authorities said Friday. The 34 people who died were sleeping in a cramped bunkroom below the main deck of the Conception when the fire broke out before dawn Monday and quickly engulfed the boat....

  • president Sep 6, 2019

    Justice Department Charges Texas Man Under US Bump Stock Ban

    A Texas man is the first person to be charged under a federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow a semi-automatic firearm to fire rapidly like a machine gun, the Justice Department said Thursday.

  • Donald Trump Sep 4, 2019

    Why Does Trump's Hurricane Map Look Different Than Others?

    After days of claiming without evidence that Alabama was projected to be hit by Hurricane Dorian, President Donald Trump displayed an apparently doctored map in the Oval Office on Wednesday that showed Alabama to be within the storm’s path, NBC News reported. The map Trump displayed was the same as a model produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

  • Donald Trump Sep 2, 2019

    Biden, Buttigieg Say No Compromises on Overhauling Gun Laws

    Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, moderates who project themselves as pragmatic collaborators, are taking a no-compromise approach on the overhaul of the nation’s gun laws after the latest mass shooting. Campaigning separately in eastern Iowa on Monday, the former vice president and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, say the minimum provisions include universal background checks, a...

  • driver Sep 2, 2019

    High-Capacity Magazines Get New Scrutiny as Congress Returns

    Lawmakers around the country are making a renewed push to ban high-capacity magazines that gunmen have used in many recent massacres, allowing them to inflict mass casualties at a startling rate before police can stop the carnage. Nine states have passed laws restricting magazine capacity to 10 to 15 bullets, and the Democratic-led U.S. House plans to consider a similar...

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Trump Eyes Mental Institutions as Answer to Gun Violence

    When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of “building new facilities” for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. “We don’t have those institutions anymore and people can’t get proper care,” Trump lamented at a New Hampshire campaign rally not long after the latest...

  • judge Aug 27, 2019

    Federal Judge Blocks Missouri's 8-Week Abortion Ban

    A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented. U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the law as a legal challenge against it plays out in court, which could take months. He added that Planned Parenthood and the American...

  • Federal law Aug 20, 2019

    Viral Video Allegedly Shows Garden Grove Students Doing Nazi Salute, Singing Nazi Song

    Garden Grove Unified School District officials Monday condemned a video that made the rounds on social media showing members of the Pacifica High School boys’ water polo team making a Nazi salute and singing a propaganda song.

  • California Aug 20, 2019

    Writers Union Files Case Claiming Talent Agents are Violating Antitrust Law

    The Writers Guild of America filed claims Monday in federal court alleging the entertainment industry’s biggest talent agencies are violating antitrust and anti-racketeering laws, the latest move in a long and heated battle between those who write scripts and the agents who represent them.

  • Donald Trump Aug 18, 2019

    Suburban Voters Are Pressuring Republicans to Act on Guns

    Following the news has grown stressful for Angela Tetschner, a 39-year-old nurse raising four children in this sprawling Phoenix suburb of tile roofs, desert yards, young families and voters who are increasingly up for grabs. “Sometimes I do think about the school shootings,” said Tetschner, who doesn’t pay much attention to politics but has been disappointed in President Donald Trump,...

  • president Aug 17, 2019

    Florida Vacation Home Invaded by Vomiting Vultures

    A New York couple’s luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

  • New York Aug 16, 2019

    New York Couple's New Vacation Dream Home Turns Abject Nightmare

    A New York couple’s luxurious Florida vacation home has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

  • Donald Trump Aug 14, 2019

    ICE Raids Raise Question: What About the Employers?

    The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers...

  • Donald Trump Aug 13, 2019

    Trump Admin. to Make It Harder for Low-Income Immigrants to Stay

    The Trump administration introduced a new rule Monday making it harder for low-income immigrants who receive food stamps or other forms of taxpayer-funded assistance to stay in the country legally, NBC News reported. The rule would require immigrants applying for a change in immigration status (like a green card) or those seeking to come here to prove that they are...

  • Governor Aug 7, 2019

    Cyntoia Brown Released From Prison After Celebrity Support

    Cyntoia Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man who had picked her up for sex at 16. Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and LeBron James had lobbied for Brown’s release, calling her a sex...

  • Department of Justice Aug 6, 2019

    Louisiana Launching Medical Marijuana After Years of Waiting

    Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And...

  • attorney Aug 3, 2019

    Endangered List Sought for Delaware Firefly With Double-Green Flash

    Environmental groups are hoping a rare bug found only along Delaware’s southern coast will become the first firefly on the federal government’s endangered species list.

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2019

    Capital One Data Breach: What You Need to Know

    One of the country’s biggest credit card issuers, Capital One Financial, is the latest big business to be hit by a data breach, disclosing that roughly 100 million people had some personal information stolen by a hacker. The alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, obtained Social Security and bank account numbers in some instances, as well other information such as names,...

  • House Speaker Jul 30, 2019

    New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer Says Resignation Letter Sent Out to Elected Officials and Media Was a Hoax

    New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer says he’s outraged over what he called a “disgusting smear campaign” in which he says someone sent out a fake letter saying he was resigning over a sex scandal.

  • Facebook Jul 26, 2019

    Juul Exec: Never Intended Vaping Device to Be Used by Teens

    A top executive for Juul Labs said that his company never intended its electronic cigarettes to be adopted by underage teenagers, as House lawmakers on Thursday accused the company of fueling the vaping craze among high schoolers. Co-founder James Monsees testified that Juul developed its blockbuster vaping device and flavor pods for adult smokers who want to stop. He acknowledged...

  • Donald Trump Jul 25, 2019

    House Dems Back Subpoenas for Ivanka, Jared Private Emails

    The House Oversight Committee voted along party lines Thursday to authorize subpoenas for personal emails and texts used for official business by top White House aides, including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s chairman, said the committee has obtained “direct evidence” that the president’s daughter, Kushner and other top aides were using...

  • attorney Jul 23, 2019

    Look Into Epstein Work Release From Jail, Florida Lawmaker Urges

    A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago. Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book said in a letter Tuesday that the Republican governor should order a...

  • United States Jul 21, 2019

    Reno Pot Store Uses ‘Food Truck' Label for Credit Card Sales

    Blüm marijuana dispensary certainly doesn’t look like a food truck. There are no chicken wings or tacos at the Reno store, just displays of bagged gum drops, jarred marijuana leaves and oils and balms. If you use your credit card, though, your statement will show that you just made a purchase at the “Midgrun Eats LLC food truck.”

  • New York Jul 16, 2019

    Stacks of Cash, Dozens of Diamonds, Fake Passport Found in Epstein's Safe: Feds

    Federal prosecutors say a search of Jeffrey Epstein’s home safe turned up a bogus passport that listed a Saudi Arabia residence along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller revealed at a bail hearing in Manhattan federal court Monday that the passport, issued in the 1980s, has a photo of Epstein but a different...

  • California Jul 9, 2019

    Judge Refuses to Toss California Lawmaker's Corruption Case

    A judge Monday refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial outside his Southern California district, saying he found no evidence that the Republican lawmaker cannot get a fair trial here.

  • attorney Jul 8, 2019

    Judge Refuses to Toss California Lawmaker's Corruption Case

    A judge Monday refused to dismiss federal corruption charges against U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter or move the trial outside his Southern California district, saying he found no evidence that the Republican lawmaker cannot get a fair trial here.

  • Donald Trump Jun 29, 2019

    Judge Weighs New US Policy Keeping Asylum Seekers Locked Up

    Immigrant rights activists asked a U.S. judge Friday to block a new Trump administration policy that would keep thousands of asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases, instead of giving them a chance to be released on bond. Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April as part of the administration’s efforts to deter a surge of...

  • judge Jun 29, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Indiana 2nd Trimester Abortion Procedure Ban

    A federal judge blocked an Indiana law that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure Friday, just days before the law was set to come into force. The order putting the Indiana law on hold was released hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive a similar law in Alabama that sought to ban dilation and evacuation abortions. The law...

  • California Jun 28, 2019

    Alleged Affairs, Private Texts and Receipts Released by Feds in Case of Congressman Accused of Misusing Campaign Funds

    Hours after a motion from Rep. Duncan Hunter’s defense team accuses the U.S. Attorney’s office of filing criminal charges as part of a political witch hunt, prosecutors filed motions revealing private text messages, receipts and detailing alleged infidelities all tied to the misuse of campaign funds.

  • attorney Jun 28, 2019

    Alleged Affairs, Private Texts and Receipts Released by Feds in Case of Congressman Accused of Misusing Campaign Funds

    Hours after a motion from Rep. Duncan Hunter’s defense team accuses the U.S. Attorney’s office of filing criminal charges as part of a political witch hunt, prosecutors filed motions revealing private text messages, receipts and detailing alleged infidelities all tied to the misuse of campaign funds.

  • Congress Jun 27, 2019

    Documents Show NSA Again Improperly Collected Americans' Call Records

    Documents released Wednesday show the National Security Agency improperly collected phone records four months after it said it had fixed technical problems that caused another similar collection of unauthorized and inaccurate data that violated federal law. The internal documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show the NSA in October 2018 received data from a phone company in violation...

  • Donald Trump Jun 26, 2019

    House Oversight Committee Votes to Subpoena Kellyanne Conway Over Hatch Act Violations

    The House Oversight Committee voted Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway after the White House blocked her testimony on alleged violations of a federal law that limits political activity by government workers. Conway’s refusal to appear before the committee prompted Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel’s chairman, to call for a vote on a subpoena. “Here,...

  • Associated Press Jun 25, 2019

    Ruling in Favor of ‘FUCT' Fashion Brand, Supreme Court Says Scandalous Trademarks Law is Unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court has struck down a section of federal law that prevented officials from registering “scandalous” or “immoral” trademarks, handing a victory to a Los Angeles-based fashion brand. The high court announced its decision Monday in the case involving Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti’s FUCT streetwear brand.

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a request from the Census Bureau to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status. The plan has set off litigation and debate and raised some important questions. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Donald Trump Jun 24, 2019

    Everything You Need to Know About the Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on a request from the Census Bureau to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status. The plan has set off litigation and debate and raised some important questions. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Associated Press Jun 24, 2019

    Ruling in Favor of ‘FUCT' Fashion Brand, Supreme Court Says Scandalous Trademarks Law is Unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court has struck down a section of federal law that prevented officials from registering “scandalous” or “immoral” trademarks, handing a victory to a Los Angeles-based fashion brand. The high court announced its decision Monday in the case involving Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti’s FUCT streetwear brand.

  • Los Angeles Jun 23, 2019

    ‘Michael Jackson Drug' Still Prompts Curiosity From Patients

    It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jackson drug” before an operation. And most of them will. Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los...

  • Los Angeles Jun 23, 2019

    ‘Michael Jackson Drug' Still Prompts Curiosity From Patients

    It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jackson drug” before an operation. And most of them will. Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los...

  • Congress Jun 21, 2019

    House Would Block Feds From Interfering With State Pot Laws

    The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The bipartisan 267-165 vote represents a breakthrough for advocates of legalizing pot, who have unsuccessfully pressed the idea in the past under GOP control of the House. Although 11 states have legalized marijuana for personal use, possessing and selling...

  • California Jun 20, 2019

    Appeals Court Allows Trump Abortion Rules to Take Effect

    New Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 20, 2019

    1 in 6 ER Visits or Hospital Stays Triggers ‘Surprise' Bill

    Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with...

  • Donald Trump Jun 20, 2019

    1 in 6 ER Visits or Hospital Stays Triggers ‘Surprise' Bill

    Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with...

  • director Jun 20, 2019

    Senate Panel Focuses on Missing, Slain Indigenous Women

    Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of legislation. The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held the hearing in Washington to review five bipartisan measures aimed...

  • director Jun 20, 2019

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    Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on a slate of legislation. The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held the hearing in Washington to review five bipartisan measures aimed...

  • Donald Trump Jun 17, 2019

    50 Years After Stonewall, LGBT Rights Are a Work in Progress

    They didn’t set out to change history; they weren’t the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT activism nationwide and abroad. This month’s anniversary provides an opportune...

  • Donald Trump Jun 13, 2019

    Kellyanne Conway, a Hatch Act ‘Repeat Offender,' Should Be Fired, Federal Watchdog Says

    President Donald Trump’s aide Kellyanne Conway has violated federal law by advocating for or against candidates for political office so many times that she should be fired, a federal watchdog said Thursday in a report to the president. Conway, the White House counselor perhaps most famous for coining the phrase “alternative facts” in the second day of Trump’s presidency, has...

  • China Jun 13, 2019

    Trump Administration Reviewing Foreign Money to US Colleges

    The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully reported their foreign gifts and contracts to the federal government, according to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 13, 2019

    Mothers: Air Force Failed When Child Sex Assaults Reported

    To the mothers, the 13-year-old boy appeared largely unsupervised as he roamed among the clusters of townhomes on the U.S. Air Force base in Japan. It would have been unremarkable — the neighborhood was full of kids — except that young girls were starting to report the boy had led them from play and molested them. “We were like, ‘How...

  • attorney Jun 13, 2019

    Man Who Sold Ammo to Vegas Shooter Asks for Trial by Judge

    The Arizona man who has acknowledged selling bullets to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has asked to be tried by a judge on his federal ammunition-manufacturing charge. The attorney for Douglas Haig argued that the connection to the massacre will have a “prejudicial effect” on Las Vegas jurors, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported...

  • Donald Trump Jun 13, 2019

    Rep. Omar Filed Joint Tax Returns Before She Married Husband

    Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The revelation put the freshman representative under more scrutiny from...

  • Donald Trump Jun 12, 2019

    Rep. Omar Filed Joint Tax Returns Before She Married Husband

    Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was married to another man. The revelation put the freshman representative under more scrutiny from...

  • Donald Trump Jun 12, 2019

    Pentagon Still Struggles With Military Kid Sex Assault Cases

    For decades, justice has been elusive on American bases when the children of service members sexually assaulted each other. Help for victims and accountability for offenders was rare in the nearly 700 reports over a decade that an AP investigation documented. A law passed last August required reforms across the Pentagon. The school system it runs for service members’ kids...

  • Donald Trump Jun 10, 2019

    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Regulation of Gun Silencers

    The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right “to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 10, 2019

    Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Regulation of Gun Silencers

    The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right “to...

  • food Jun 6, 2019

    ‘Sell By' or What? US Pushes for Clarity on Expiration Dates

    If milk is a few days past its “Sell By” date, is it safe to drink? U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like “Best By” and “Enjoy By” that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from prematurely tossing products and to reduce the mountains of...

  • Donald Trump May 24, 2019

    Trump Cites Iran to Bypass Congress on Saudi Arms Sales

    The Trump administration on Friday invoked a rarely used provision in federal law to bypass congressional review of arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing threats the kingdom faces from Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified Congress of the decision to use an emergency loophole in the Arms Export Control Act to move ahead with sales of $7 billion in...

  • California May 21, 2019

    California Senate OKs Special Banks for Marijuana Retailers

    The California Senate has voted to allow special banks to handle money from legal marijuana retailers. Recreational marijuana use has been legal in California since January 2018, but is still illegal under federal law.

  • California May 21, 2019

    Judge: Parents of Dead West Point Cadet Can Use His Sperm

    The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge ruled while noting potential ethical considerations.

  • Facebook May 9, 2019

    Parents Can't Delete What Kids Tell Amazon Voice Assistant

    Amazon met with skepticism from some privacy advocates and members of Congress last year when it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant , along with brightly colored models of its Echo Dot speaker designed for children. Now those advocates say the kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations....

  • Donald Trump May 8, 2019

    New York Senate OKs Giving US House Trump State Tax Return

    New York’s Senate easily approved a bill Wednesday that would allow three congressional committees to get access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration’s refusal to disclose the president’s federal returns. The bill, which now goes to the state Assembly, doesn’t target Trump by name but would authorize state tax officials to...

  • New Jersey May 3, 2019

    Former Columbia University Dean Says United Flight Attendant Charged Her, Said ‘I'm Going to Get You' in New Lawsuit

    A former dean for a university in New York City announced Thursday she was suing United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment after a confrontation with a flight attendant last month.

  • New Jersey May 3, 2019

    Former Columbia University Dean Says United Flight Attendant Charged Her, Said ‘I'm Going to Get You' in New Lawsuit

    A former dean for a university in New York City announced Thursday she was suing United Airlines for alleged racial discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment after a confrontation with a flight attendant last month.

  • Donald Trump Apr 29, 2019

    Lawmakers Debate Future of Loan Relief for Public Workers

    In 2007, the U.S. government made a promise to public service workers: Make 10 years of payments on their federal student loans and any remaining debt would be erased. But officials have largely failed to deliver. And that’s left lawmakers questioning whether to end the program or try to fix it. The Trump administration and some Republican legislators see it...

  • Donald Trump Apr 29, 2019

    Online Hate Forges a Dark Path for Suspect in Attack Plot

    A few months after he turned 17 — and more than two years before he was arrested — Vincent Vetromile recast himself as an online revolutionary. Offline, in this suburb of Rochester, New York, Vetromile was finishing requirements for promotion to Eagle Scout in a troop that met at a local church. He enrolled at Monroe Community College, taking classes...

  • Florida Apr 28, 2019

    Immigrant-Heavy GOP States OK With Census Citizen Question

    It’s not just Democratic-leaning states at risk of losing federal money and clout in Congress if the Supreme Court says the upcoming census can include a citizenship question. Fast-growing Arizona, Florida and Texas all have large groups of immigrants, especially Hispanics, who might choose to sit out the census, but are led by Republicans who seem unconcerned about the potential...

  • driver Apr 23, 2019

    Tesla Reveals Plan for Fully Self-Driving Cars Amid Skepticism

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company’s electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an event at Tesla’s Silicon Valley headquarters requires several leaps of faith — something that...

  • Donald Trump Apr 21, 2019

    Giuliani: Nothing Wrong With Trump Camp Taking Russian Help

    President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Sunday there was “nothing wrong” with the president’s 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Giuliani called the Trump campaign’s effort to get political help from representatives of the Russian government possibly...

  • Donald Trump Apr 21, 2019

    Accuracy at Core of Supreme Court Case Over Census Question

    Justice Elena Kagan’s father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family’s apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an “alien,” though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship status appears to have been crossed out on the census form....

  • Los Angeles Apr 15, 2019

    In ‘FUCT' Fashion Brand Case, Justices Avoid Saying Word

    None of the Supreme Court’s justices wanted to say the four-letter word. The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand “FUCT.” But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand’s name. Chief Justice John Roberts described it as the “vulgar word at the...

  • California Apr 13, 2019

    ‘Scandalous' LA-Based Fashion Brand Seeks Trademark Help From Supreme Court

    Erik Brunetti’s four-letter fashion brand starts with an “F” and rhymes with “duct.” The federal government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs: “thought-provoking.”

  • Mayor Apr 5, 2019

    Legal Immigrants in Marijuana Jobs Could Be Denied Citizenship

    Colorado officials are warning legal immigrants that working in the state’s marijuana industry could jeopardize their legal status, after two people said they were denied U.S. citizenship because of their jobs. Although 10 states broadly allow its use and sale, federal law still bans marijuana and immigration authorities say they are bound to follow that prohibition when reviewing citizenship applications....

  • Donald Trump Apr 2, 2019

    Trump Says Census ‘Meaningless' Without Citizenship Question

    One year out from the start of the 2020 census, Census Bureau officials set out Monday to demonstrate the importance of the head count for all Americans. President Donald Trump offered a different message, saying the count will be “meaningless” if it doesn’t include a citizenship question. In a tweet Monday, Trump blamed “Radical Left Democrats” for opposing the “all...

  • Facebook Mar 28, 2019

    Members of UC Berkeley Football Team, Coaching Staff Accused of Sexual Harassment

    A former UC Berkeley student is accusing members of the university’s football team and coaching staff of sexual harassment. Paige Cornelius posted the detailed accusations on her Facebook page last Wednesday, saying they happened while she was working for the team’s Sports Medicine program last season.

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