State governments

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California's Supreme Court rejected a state law that would have required President Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate in the state's primary election next spring. The justices on Thursday said the law that would have required tax returns for all presidential and gubernatorial candidates to appear on the primary ballot was unconstitutional. A federal judge had temporarily blocked the state law in response to a different lawsuit. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
November 21, 2019 - 7:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...
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Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, left, leaves U.S. District Court in Baltimore with her attorney Steven Silverman on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Pugh of arranging fraudulent sales of her "Healthy Holly" books to schools, libraries and a medical system to enrich herself, promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
November 21, 2019 - 5:19 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore pleaded guilty Thursday to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in a case involving sales of her self-published children's books and exposing once again the depths of corruption in the city. Catherine Pugh pleaded guilty in federal...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019, file photo, Malu Klo, an asylum seeker from the Congo, attends a picnic for refugees at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Three agencies in charge of resettling refugees in the U.S. are suing the Trump administration over the president's executive order allowing states and cities to block refugees from being settled in their areas. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, by HIAS, Church World Service, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
November 21, 2019 - 4:46 pm
As states and cities debate whether to welcome more refugees to their communities, three organizations sued the Trump administration Thursday over a recent presidential executive order that allows local officials to reject refugees. The lawsuit filed in a Maryland federal court by three...
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FILE- In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo an America flag flies at the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania lawmakers are expected to make the final vote on a bill to provide more time to file charges or lawsuits over cases of sexual abuse after a debate roiled by last year’s grand jury report into child molestation by Roman Catholic priests. A state House Republican spokesman says the chamber will vote Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, likely sending it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
November 21, 2019 - 1:52 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the statute-of-...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales a puff of smoke in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Massachusetts lawmakers have approved the nation's toughest restrictions on flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. The ban was passed by the Senate early Thursday, Nov. 21, before the legislature broke for a holiday recess. It had earlier been passed by the state House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
November 21, 2019 - 12:00 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. The bill would also place a 75% excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers, including the state’s Medicaid program, to cover...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks to journalists during a news conference during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
November 20, 2019 - 4:05 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A persistent buzz about Mike Pompeo stepping down as the top U.S. diplomat to run for an open Senate seat in Kansas has built to a roar as impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump have intensified scrutiny of the State Department. The U.S. secretary of state was in...
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Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announces an 11-count indictment against former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh at a news conference in Baltimore on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. The disgraced former mayor has been charged with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
November 20, 2019 - 3:21 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children's books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of arranging...
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Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson waits to appear before a state Senate oversight hearing of the Energy, Utilities and Communications committee, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Johnson is scheduled to testify before lawmakers about the utilities' decision to turnoff power for millions of people to prevent California wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
November 19, 2019 - 9:56 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The head of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. told angry California lawmakers Monday that the nation’s largest electric utility wasn’t fully prepared for the effects of its unprecedented outages last month even as it plans to shut off power to about 375,000 people this week...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Chevron oil field west of Bakersfield where a spill of more than 800,000 gallons flowed into a dry creek bed in McKittrick, Calif. Newsom's administration has temporarily banned new oil wells in California if they use an extraction method that is linked to an ongoing oil spill in Kern County. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new oil wells that use high-pressure steam to soften the thick crude underground so it can flow more easily. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
November 19, 2019 - 5:24 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the...
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Keith Gambill, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, of Evansville, Ind., speaks to the thousands of Indiana teachers wearing red as they surrounded the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 for a rally calling for further increasing teacher pay in the biggest such protest in the state amid a wave of educator activism across the country. Teacher unions says about half of Indiana's nearly 300 school districts are closed while their teachers attend Tuesday's rally while legislators gather for 2020 session organization meetings.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
November 19, 2019 - 3:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday to call for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day. The union-organized...
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