New Zealand fines travelers who won’t unlock secure devices

Tech 10/04/18, 02:05

Visitors to New Zealand can be fined 5,000 New Zealand dollars ($3,243) for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law that a civil liberties group on Thursday condemned as a grave invasion of privacy.The law came into effect ...

Ex Pennsylvania governor joins safe injection site effort

Pennsylvania 10/03/18, 16:01

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has joined the effort to open Philadelphia's and possibly the nation's first supervised drug injection site— saying Wednesday that he would support the effort even if it meant facing federal charges.The 74-year-old Rendell joined the board of the nonprofit Safehouse, which is raising money to ...

Brown touts Oregon environmental legislation

Enviroment 10/03/18, 13:23

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday announced legislation that would maintain Oregon's water and air quality rules at the same level or higher than they were the day before President Donald Trump took office.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that one of the goals of the legislation is to protect public health ...

California eases crime penalties, boosts scrutiny of police

California 10/02/18, 13:17

California is continuing a years-long easing of criminal penalties even as it increases public scrutiny of law enforcement.In his final action on legislation before leaving office in January, Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend stuck with his long-term goal of reducing mass incarceration, rehabilitating juvenile offenders, trimming lengthy prison sentences and ...

: Firms sell school ‘hardening’ as mass shooting solution

U.S. 10/02/18, 08:09

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from "ballistic attack-resistant" doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry's campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled.That changed last February, when a former student ...

California is 1st state to require women on corporate boards

California 09/30/18, 23:02

California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Sunday.The measure requires at least one female director on the board of each California-based public corporation by the ...

California’s tough net neutrality bill prompts US lawsuit

California 09/30/18, 22:01

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. The move prompted an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration.Advocates of net neutrality hope the new law in the home of the global technology industry will have national ...

‘Garden’ clause in new law requires pay during noncompete

U.S. 09/30/18, 10:48

Whether or not they choose to spend their idle time in their yards, workers with noncompete contracts in Massachusetts will soon be the first in the U.S. to enjoy a "garden leave" provision allowing them to get paid even after leaving a job.The rule taking effect Monday is part of ...

Group takes aim at Oklahoma’s failure-to-protect law

U.S. 09/29/18, 10:36

After Robert Braxton Jr. was convicted of beating his girlfriend's children, he was sentenced in 2006 to probation and two years already served in jail while awaiting trial for the abuse, which included choking, punching and breaking the femur and ribs of a 3-month-old daughter.The children's mother, Tondalao Hall, was ...

California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status

California 09/28/18, 19:43

California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes.Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a ...

NFL defends lawsuit alleging Super Bowl ticket violations

Football 09/27/18, 13:11

The National Football League defended itself Thursday against charges that its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law, in arguments before the state Supreme Court that reached a granular level with disputes over words in the statute including "the" and "those."The case was ...

Parkland school shooting leads to new Vermont gun laws

Florida 09/26/18, 05:49

For decades, Vermont, a largely rural state with a long history of gun ownership and a low crime rate, has resisted calls to restrict gun ownership. But in February, the attitude that gun restrictions weren't needed changed in less than a day.The day after the Feb. 14 school shooting in ...

: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Florida 09/26/18, 03:01

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws.A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure the panel's members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it also was to be bipartisan, with members ...

: Despite shootings, states return to familiar patterns

Florida 09/26/18, 03:01

Shortly after last year's shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws.A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated after the Valentine's ...

EU lawmakers cancel Turkey funds over democracy shortfalls

Europe 09/25/18, 12:59

European Union lawmakers say they are canceling 70 million euros ($82.4 million) in funding meant to help Turkey join the EU due to what they see as Ankara's failure to improve rule of law and human rights.The European Parliament's Budget Committee said Tuesday that the money would now go to ...

Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Business 09/21/18, 12:04

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law.A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit in your name. The rules used to vary by state, but previously it could cost up to $10 to put a ...

Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant

World 09/21/18, 00:07

Rogeria Cardeal had spent most of the day in a muggy waiting room at the public defenders' office. She wanted to report that a former partner, who had beaten her for years, had violated a restraining order by approaching her and the kids at church.The response was discouraging."It's not like ...

Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

Business 09/19/18, 08:15

Congressman Leonard Lance voted last December with the interests of his northern New Jersey district in mind when he opposed his own party's sweeping tax overhaul.The cap on deductions for state and local taxes that was part of the Republican plan was bound to mean that many people in the ...

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