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  • California to require abortion medication at public colleges

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will be the first state to require abortion medication on college campuses under a law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University systems. But the law will only be implemented if a state commission can raise more than $10 million in private donations to pay for it. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a […]

  • Boeing, FAA both faulted in certification of the 737 Max

    A panel of international aviation regulators found that Boeing withheld key information about the 737 Max from pilots and regulators, and the Federal Aviation Administration lacked the expertise to understand an automated flight system implicated in two deadly crashes of Max jets. In its report issued Friday, the panel made 12 recommendations for improving the FAA’s certification of new aircraft, including more emphasis on understanding how pilots will handle the increasing amount of automation driving modern planes. The report, called […]

  • Authorities: 3 deaths tied to Southern California wildfires

    LOS ANGELES — Three people have died at the scene of Southern California wildfires this week, authorities said Saturday, as firefighters aided by diminishing winds beat back a blaze on the edge of Los Angeles that damaged or destroyed more than 30 structures and sent a blanket of smoke across a swath of neighborhoods. Los Angeles officials said the fire in the city’s San Fernando Valley area hadn’t grown significantly since Friday, and ground crews were tamping down lingering hotspots. […]

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    After static summer, Democratic race enters a chaotic fall

    WASHINGTON — A Democratic presidential race that had been largely static through the summer has tumbled into a chaotic fall, shaped by unpredictable events and the deepening impeachment crisis surrounding President Donald Trump. Less than four months before voting begins, front-running candidates are facing urgent questions about their ability to challenge Trump, prompted by a health scare for Sen. Bernie Sanders, an uneven response by Joe Biden to the president’s efforts to tie him to the impeachment inquiry and nagging […]

  • Indiana trooper dies in crash while headed to help colleague

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. — An Indiana state trooper was killed in a car crash while he was headed to help another trooper. Indiana State Police said in a news release that 27-year-old Peter R. Stephan of Lafayette died late Friday after his car struck a utility pole in Tippecanoe County. Police said the crash happened after his car went off the road and rolled on Old State Road 25 while heading toward Americus. Police said they don’t know why his car […]

  • St. Louis woman says her car was stolen twice in same day in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis woman says she was carjacked, found her missing vehicle and then was carjacked again by the same men as she waited for a locksmith. Ariane Moore, 28, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that her 2011 Chevy Cruze was first stolen by two armed men Oct. 6 as she and three friends were leaving a St. Louis festival. Her friend, 28-year-old Lakeisha Harris, said she fought to get Moore’s keys back. But she said the suspect pushed […]

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    Taco Bell pulls beef from some stores on quality concerns

    NEW YORK — Taco Bell restaurants in some states are asking customers to try chicken or steak in their burritos after quality concerns pushed it to stop serving seasoned beef temporarily. The company said Saturday that it told affected restaurants to stop serving seasoned beef it as it replenishes supplies. The company says the beef didn’t meet its quality standards. Affected locations are in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and elsewhere, though the company could not immediately say how many stores were […]

  • Suspect in shooting death of Dwane Simmons gets new attorney

    TOPEKA, Kan. — A man charged in the shooting death of a former Washburn University football player and the wounding of current New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has a new attorney. The Capital-Journal reports that KiAnn Caprice was appointed this week to defend 18-year-old Francisco Mendez, who faces 12 charges after the April 28 shooting that killed Dwane Simmons. The appointment came after Mendez’s previous attorney withdrew from the case. Last month, Mendez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, four counts […]

  • California governor signs fur sale, circus animal bans

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The fur law bars residents from selling or making clothing, shoes or handbags with fur starting in 2023. Animal rights groups cheered the measure as a stand against inhumane practices. The proposal was vigorously opposed by the billion-dollar U.S. fur […]

  • Shepard Smith leaves Fox News after 23 years

    NEW YORK — Shepard Smith, whose newscast on Fox News Channel seemed increasingly an outlier on a network dominated by supporters of President Trump, abruptly quit after working at Fox since it started in 1996. Smith said at the end of his daily newscast on Friday that he had asked the network to let him out of his contract and it had agreed. Even in the current polarized environment, Smith said, “It’s my hope that the facts will win the […]

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    Kansas candidate Nancy Boyda drops out of 2020 US Senate race

    TOPEKA, Kan. — A former Kansas Democratic congresswoman has dropped out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pat Roberts. Former U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda formed a campaign committee in June to run for the Democratic nomination next year. Former federal prosecutor and Kansas City area attorney Barry Grissom is also seeking the nomination. She said Thursday she was leaving the Senate race to focus on bringing Kansans together at a time of civic strife […]

  • Report says driver’s recklessness caused crash injuring Kevin Hart

    LOS ANGELES — Investigators say a man driving Kevin Hart’s vintage muscle car accelerated recklessly on a Southern California highway, causing the September accident that left the comedian, driver and another passenger seriously injured. A California Highway Patrol report released Thursday says Jared Black was turning on to Mulholland Highway near Malibu when he accelerated and lost control while driving the comedic actor’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with Hart and the driver’s fiancee as passengers Sept. 1. The car then careened […]

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