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Governor will decide whether Californians vote on daylight saving time in November

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The fate of daylight saving time in California now rests in Gov. Jerry Brown's hands.

The Assembly on Thursday sent Brown a measure that would ask voters to repeal a 70-year-old initiative enshrining the biannual changing of clocks into state law. If signed by Brown, a Democrat, that question could appear on the ballot as ...Read more

Trump calls for reorganizing government

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump proposed a reorganization of the federal government, aiming to combine the Education and Labor departments and shift control of U.S. food aid programs away from the Agriculture Department.

The plan also calls for an overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service, including the possible privatization of mail delivery. ...Read more

Time running out in Ryan's quest to overhaul welfare programs

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan has spent his 20-year congressional career primarily focused on two issues, taxes and poverty. The Wisconsin Republican led a major rewrite of the tax code last year, but when he retires at the end of this term he won't have many accomplishments to tout on poverty.

The last big win for conservatives in the so-...Read more

White House struggles to move past migrant family separation crisis, with no reunification plan in sight

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WASHINGTON -- The day after President Donald Trump claimed he had acted to keep migrant families together, the fate of more than 2,300 children held in custody separate from their parents and that of future asylum-seeking families remained uncertain Thursday.

The continued confusion ensured the president's self-inflicted political and ...Read more

Mayors protest outside Texas holding facility for migrant teens

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TORNILLO, Texas -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a group of bipartisan mayors protested outside a government-run camp for migrant teens in Texas on Thursday, calling on the Trump administration to reunite families forcibly separated after crossing illegally into the United States.

At a news conference near the camp in Tornillo, a rural ...Read more

Trump administration tightens rules for federal scientists talking to reporters

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A new directive from the Trump administration instructs federal scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey to get approval from its parent agency before agreeing to most interview requests from reporters, according to employees and emails from officials with the Department of the Interior and USGS.

USGS employees who spoke with...Read more

Trump's plan for immigrant families likely doomed in court, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump may have a hard time reversing his policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the U.S. border because his alternative may get shot down in court.

Implementing the June 20 directive hinges in part on whether U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles agrees to amend a 21-year-old ...Read more

Netanyahu's wife charged with misuse of public funds for meals

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife has been charged with allegedly misusing public funds to order meals from outside the prime minister's residence.

Sara Netanyahu has been charged with using nearly $100,000 of state money to cover the unauthorized expenses between September 2010 and March 2013. She has denied ...Read more

As smaller marijuana businesses get squeezed, state revenue takes a hit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyler Kearns, owner of the cannabis cultivation company Seven Leaves, stood in one of his half-dozen temperature-controlled grow rooms on a recent day, surveying a crop derived from the same mother plant.

"We have really tried to educate the general public through talks, tours, communication and presentations," Kearns said...Read more

States stand to pocket billions as Supreme Court rules internet businesses must collect sales taxes

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday standardized taxing rules for traditional retailers and online transactions, ruling that states and localities may collect sales taxes on all purchases over the internet.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices that ruled that online sellers can be required to collect state and local taxes from customers even if ...Read more

For nearly 6 minutes, the police car became an ambulance. And a life hung in the balance

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LAS VEGAS -- The police officer sees the woman with a gunshot wound to the head and decides to turn his squad car into an ambulance.

Amid the mass casualties, the choice seems clear.

The scene was among 23 videos released Wednesday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department from the body cameras of officers as they responded to the ...Read more

Daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase settles mother's estate, 3-year-old daughter named beneficiary

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CHICAGO -- The imprisoned daughter of a Chicago woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase nearly four years ago during a luxury Bali vacation has given up claim to her mother's estate.

The financial terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, but court records filed earlier this month in the Cook County case made it clear Heather...Read more

First female dean 'a sea of change' at USC's scandal-plagued medical school

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LOS ANGELES--The University of Southern California veered sharply and deliberately from tradition in naming the first woman -- and the first geriatrician -- to lead its 133-year-old medical school.

Dr. Laura Mosqueda, who took over the position on May 1, said she'll work hard to steer more young doctors toward elderly care to treat the country'...Read more

An ex-con looks for a comeback in New York's 11th District

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WASHINGTON--It's been 90 years since someone with a criminal conviction was elected to the House. But one felon could jump-start his congressional comeback if he wins a Republican primary next week.

GOP voters in New York's 11th District head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who resigned ...Read more

Obama separated families at the border, too

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border.

Obama prosecuted mothers for coming to the United States illegally. He fast tracked deportations. And yes, he housed unaccompanied children in tent cities.

For much of the country -- and President Donald Trump -- the prevailing belief is that Obama was ...Read more

'White civil rights' rally marking Charlottesville anniversary set to be held next to White House

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Less than a year after deadly clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., the main organizer has gained federal approval for another demonstration -- across the street from the White House.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday it had approved the "white civil rights" rally for Lafayette Square the weekend of Aug. 11-...Read more

Jared Golden wins Democratic nod to take on Bruce Poliquin

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WASHINGTON -- More than a week after voters went to the polls, the Maine secretary of state on Wednesday night declared state House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden the winner of the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District.

Golden will now challenge two-term Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November in a traditionally Democratic ...Read more

Trump administration and California clash in court over state's 'sanctuary' law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Trump administration lawyers and California's attorney general jousted in a Sacramento courtroom Wednesday over a trio of laws designed to limit the state's involvement in enforcing federal immigration policy.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez is not expected to yield a decision. Even then, it will ...Read more

Painful scenes of child separations force a rare retreat from the White House

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WASHINGTON -- A 2-year-old girl, with red sneakers and dark hair, crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent searches her mother. Boys filing along white tents against a desolate desert backdrop. Toddlers screaming for their parents in a detention center in South Texas.

As wrenching scenes of the more than 2,300 immigrant children pulled apart from ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Poll: Kim Jong Un looks stronger than Trump after summit

WASHINGTON -- Kim Jong Un appears stronger than President Donald Trump in the wake of their historic summit, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed a week after the meeting said Kim is a strong leader, up from roughly half in April.

Just 51 percent...Read more