By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) 09/09 — The recently completed California legislative session continued a years long effort to lower criminal sentences,
By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) 08/25 — Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure Friday that would encourage immigrants’ cooperation with police investigations by offering protection from deportation,
By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) 08/24 — A U.S. judge ordered a convicted killer from Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation released from prison on Thursday after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime.
By RYAN FOLEY, Associated Press MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) 08/22 — The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America’s heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run.
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) 07/29 — President Donald Trump said Sunday he’d be willing to shut down the government if Democrats refuse to vote for his immigration proposals,
By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) 07/13 — Florida’s gun and mental health laws likely could not have prevented school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from buying the semi-automatic rifle authorities say he used to kill 17 people — even if the laws had applied to him,
By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 06/28 — The California Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Thursday that sought to block an unusual law requiring new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when shots are fired to make it easier to solve crimes.
By SOPHIA BOLLAG and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) 06/20 — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country.
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) 05/26 — The police chief recently named to the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry said the fight that has long been waged against pot in this country has been a “waste of time”
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) 05/11 — Law enforcement officers in Kansas are now banned from having sex with people they stop for traffic violations or detain in criminal investigations under a new state law that many legislators were surprised was necessary.Read more »
By DAVID JORDAN, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) 05/09 — The Vermont Legislature has approved a bill making it illegal to take “substantial steps” to threaten to kill or kidnap groups of people,
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) 05/12 — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit and signed another that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions,Read more »
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) 05/06 — Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.
By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) 04/28 — U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months.
By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BARRE, Vt. (AP) 04/26 — Vermont’s stock-car-racing governor is questioning whether to race this season at a local speedway where many spectators are hunters after an outcry from gun owners over gun restriction legislation he signed.
By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 04/27 — President Donald Trump insists he “won’t be involved” in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) 04/17 — The conservative backlash against California’s so-called sanctuary law has taken the form of lawsuits and public tongue-lashings.
But one tiny city in Orange County took the step of declaring itself legally exempt.
By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) 04/16 — More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown,
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) 04/12 — The Kansas police officer who fired the shot that killed a man during a hoax emergency call will not face criminal charges,
By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) 04/12 — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments,