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California’s Biggest Oil Spill in Decades Brings More Defiance Than Anger From Locals
California
California’s Biggest Oil Spill in Decades Brings More Defiance Than Anger From Locals

McKITTRICK, Calif. — Near the jagged western edge of Kern County, where the Temblor Range gives way to a landscape of steam pipes, fuel lines and bobbing pump jacks, there’s a definite mood in this dusty little oil town: defiance.... Read More

When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union
Minnesota
When Nukes in a Cornfield Protected the Twin Cities From the Soviet Union

WATERTOWN, Minn. — Half a century later, Tony Vanderlinde remembers the sight “plain as day.” Baling hay on his family’s dairy farm near the border of western Hennepin and northern Carver counties, he came over a hill and saw nuclear... Read More

Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
Diplomacy
Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
2019-08-06 20:13:03
by Dan McCue

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two years in Moscow, its “time to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” “American citizenship is a privilege... Read More

Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
Substance Abuse
Gottheimer Applauds Pharmacy Effort to Help Combat Opioid Crisis
2019-08-05 21:46:54
by Dan McCue

Representative Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Waldwick, New Jersey with Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton to discuss how local communities are addressing the opioid crisis and substance abuse in general. Deaths from drug overdoses in New Jersey... Read More

In Oklahoma, More Than 155,000 See Voting Status Changed to 'Inactive'
State News
In Oklahoma, More Than 155,000 See Voting Status Changed to 'Inactive'
2019-08-02 18:20:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - More than 155,367 Oklahomans had their voting status changes to "inactive" this week after they failed to respond to an address confirmation notice sent to them by the state election board. "Oklahoma has very few incidents of voter... Read More

EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay
Environment
EPA Clears Path for Proposed Copper And Gold Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay

SEATTLE — Federal officials said Tuesday they would not block a proposed copper and gold mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay despite objections by critics who contend it would imperil a fishery and harm wetlands and streams. The U.S. Environmental Protection... Read More

Puerto Rico Scandal Stirs Anger and Memories of the Difficult Days After Hurricane Maria
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Scandal Stirs Anger and Memories of the Difficult Days After Hurricane Maria

CAROLINA, Puerto Rico — Every night for a week after Hurricane Maria, David Adames sat in the dark inside his funeral home here on the outskirts of San Juan in case another family needed him. The 46-year-old embalmer posts his... Read More

Poll: South Carolina Voters Say Biden The Most Electable Democrat Against Trump
2020 Elections
Poll: South Carolina Voters Say Biden The Most Electable Democrat Against Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — To beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, South Carolina Democrats say that former Vice President Joe Biden would be the most electable Democratic candidate to take the White House out of the more than... Read More

Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
2020 Elections
Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill
2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Resigns Amid Mounting Protests
2020 Elections
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Resigns Amid Mounting Protests

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s besieged governor resigned late Wednesday, following more than 10 days of unrelenting public demands for him to step down, including a protest on Monday that was one of the largest in the island’s... Read More

As Climate Change Threatens California, Officials Seek ‘Sustainable Insurance’
State News
As Climate Change Threatens California, Officials Seek ‘Sustainable Insurance’

LOS ANGELES — California regulators are teaming up with the United Nations to develop “sustainable insurance” guidelines that would help address climate-change-related disasters such as coastal flooding and larger wildfires — the first such partnership of its kind between the... Read More

Puerto Rico Governor Clings to Power as Protests Over ‘Chatgate’ Enter 2nd Week
In The News
Puerto Rico Governor Clings to Power as Protests Over ‘Chatgate’ Enter 2nd Week
2019-07-23 19:54:17
by HJ Mai

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a second straight week demanding the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. The demonstrations arose after hundreds of pages of offensive chat messages between the governor and... Read More

Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies
In The News
Henry Lozano, Who Engineered The Political Careers of Emerging Latino Leaders, Dies

Henry Lozano, who spent much of his career aiding, counseling and influencing Los Angeles Latino politics and politicians, has died at his home in Whittier, Calif. Lozano, who died Monday, was 85. No cause of death was given. As a... Read More

Foreign Purchases of U.S. Homes Drop Sharply As Chinese Bolt From Market
Economy
Foreign Purchases of U.S. Homes Drop Sharply As Chinese Bolt From Market
2019-07-17 17:54:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - International investment in residential real estate in the United States plunged 36% in the past year as Chinese buyers fled the market, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The sobering analysis comes via the Realtors' annual survey... Read More

California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt
State News
California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors. To Recruit Them, It's Paying Off Med School Debt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bryan Ruiz’s hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers. A year out of medical school,... Read More

Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood
Polling and Ads
Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood

WASHINGTON — Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton “sees good news” in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood. The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64% of Americans oppose making Washington a... Read More

‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says
In The News
‘Staggering’ Number of Children Exposed to Violence in Chicago, New Study Says

CHICAGO — Over the Fourth of July holiday, Felix Kombwa brought the children he mentors to a festival where a law-enforcement exhibit allowed visitors to sit in a squad car, try on police gear and chat with officers. But the... Read More

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
In The News
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
State News
Cuomo Celebrates Women's World Cup Victory By Signing Equal Pay Law
2019-07-10 19:44:07
by Dan McCue

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team Wednesday by signing legislation guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work in New York State moments before the star athletes were honored with a ticker-tape... Read More

Southern California Earthquakes: ‘I Need to Start Making a Plan’
California
Southern California Earthquakes: ‘I Need to Start Making a Plan’

LOS ANGELES — The seismic one-two combo that hit Southern California last week left residents particularly unnerved because it robbed them of the single bit of solace that normally comes with a big quake: the sense that the worst is... Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
Civil Rights
Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Restore Alabama Abortion Law
2019-06-28 20:35:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Alabama's ban on second-trimester abortions, the justices announcing Friday they are content to have lower court orders blocking the law to remain in place. Though Alabama's Attorney General Steve Marshall regularly... Read More

San Francisco Becomes 1st Major US City to Ban E-Cigarettes
California
San Francisco Becomes 1st Major US City to Ban E-Cigarettes
2019-06-27 19:56:27
by Elin Johnson

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, a move some say will help curb underage use, but that others say will only make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative... Read More

Partisan Gerrymandering Beyond the Reach of Federal Courts
Supreme Court
Partisan Gerrymandering Beyond the Reach of Federal Courts
2019-06-27 16:58:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, means that federal courts now will have no role in... Read More

Tennessee Liquor Law That Barred Outsiders From Market Struck Down
Supreme Court
Tennessee Liquor Law That Barred Outsiders From Market Struck Down
2019-06-26 19:51:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Tennessee law Wednesday that requires an individual to live in the state for at least two years to be eligible for a license to sell liquor. At issue in the case... Read More

Census Case Sent Back to Lower Court Ahead of Supreme Court Decision
Census
Census Case Sent Back to Lower Court Ahead of Supreme Court Decision
2019-06-26 19:35:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A lawsuit alleging that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census violates the rights of minorities has been sent back to a federal court in Maryland just hours ahead of a highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision... Read More

Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
Climate
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes
California
Does This Vaccine Bill Go Too Far? Concerned Families Say They’ll Leave California If It Passes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Orange County mom Michelle Sabino says her daughter experienced 16 seizures in two months after she was vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough when she was a baby. She’d never considered that vaccines could be dangerous.... Read More

Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
California
Democratic National Committee Unveils Lineup for First Campaign 2020 Debate
2019-06-14 14:54:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee Thursday evening announced the 20 presidential candidates who will take part in the party's first debate later this month. The debate will take place over two days -- June 26 and June 27 --... Read More

Florida Push to Ban Assault Weapons Hits Milestone Ahead of Pulse Shooting Anniversary
Florida
Florida Push to Ban Assault Weapons Hits Milestone Ahead of Pulse Shooting Anniversary

A group pushing to ban assault weapons in Florida has hit a significant milestone in its effort to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. Ban Assault Weapons Now!, a bipartisan organization led in part by survivors of... Read More

New York a Signature Away From Becoming the First State to Ban Cat Declawing
State News
New York a Signature Away From Becoming the First State to Ban Cat Declawing
2019-06-07 21:16:57
by Dan McCue

New York is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under legislation that sailed through the state legislature with bipartisan support. The bill, which would subject veterinarians to a $1,000 fine for... Read More

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