Colorado governor signs major overhaul of oil and gas rules

Business 04/16/19, 19:39

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a major overhaul of state oil and gas rules, turning the focus away from encouraging production and directing regulators to make public safety and the environment their top priority.The law also gives local government significant new authority to restrict the location ...

High court seems likely to rule against Calif. oil workers

California 04/16/19, 12:39

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed inclined to rule against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who want to be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including sleeping.The question for the high court has to do with the law that should apply in the case: ...

New Jersey enacts law on assisted suicide for terminally ill

Health 04/12/19, 14:33

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication.New Jersey will join six other states and the District of Columbia that have similar laws once it goes into effect in August.Murphy, a Democrat, signed ...

Prosecutor blocks gun-law charges against Pittsburgh mayor

U.S. 04/12/19, 09:29

A prosecutor is refusing to approve criminal charges against Pittsburgh's mayor and six City Council members over the passage of firearms laws that gun-rights advocates say are blatant and deliberate violations of state law.Seven city residents tried to file private criminal complaints Friday against Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto, who signed ...

Arizona governor signs repeal of HIV/AIDS instruction law

U.S. 04/11/19, 17:30

Arizona's Republican governor quickly signed a bill Thursday repealing a 1991 state law that had barred HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle."The move was intended to end a discrimination lawsuit filed by LGBTQ groups.Gov. Doug Ducey's signature came less than an hour after the state Senate approved ...

Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after 1st heartbeat

U.S. 04/11/19, 16:50

A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents. In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine broke with his predecessor, Republican John Kasich, who ...

New Zealand’s new gun laws get final assent to take effect

World 04/11/19, 01:31

New Zealand's governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch.Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a gun ...

Kim Kardashian West, approach the bench!

Entertainment 04/10/19, 14:30

Kim Kardashian West, a lawyer? The reality star, makeup mogul and criminal justice reformer told Vogue she's apprenticing with a San Francisco law firm, inspired by her successful effort to free Alice Marie Johnson (Johnson was granted clemency by President Donald Trump after spending years in prison for drug trafficking). Turns out ...

New Zealand Parliament votes to ban semi-automatic weapons

World 04/10/19, 04:13

New Zealand's Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military style weapons, less than a month after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons and banning components that modify existing weapons ...

Update: NRA backs suit on synagogue-inspired gun control

U.S. 04/09/19, 13:16

The Latest on Pittsburgh's effort to restrict firearms and ammunition (all times local):2:15 p.m.A lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association has been filed in opposition to Pittsburgh's new gun control laws.Family members Tree of Life synagogue shooting victims listen to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto after he signed three gun-control ...

Suit filed over gun controls inspired by synagogue shooting

U.S. 04/09/19, 12:40

Gun rights groups sued Tuesday to block Pittsburgh from enforcing firearms legislation passed after a synagogue massacre, accusing city officials of blatantly defying the state's prohibition on municipal gun regulation.Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto signed the bills into law in a ceremony at the City-County Building, declaring the community had come ...

Mnuchin says he’ll ‘follow the law’ on Trump tax returns

Politics 04/09/19, 10:28

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday that his department intends to "follow the law" and is reviewing a request by a top House Democrat to provide President Donald Trump's tax returns to lawmakers. Mnuchin also revealed that Treasury Department lawyers have talked to the White House counsel's office about the question ...

German on trial over death of 5-year-old Yazidi slave girl

Europe 04/09/19, 07:03

A German convert to Islam went on trial Tuesday on charges that, as a member of the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq, she allowed a 5-year-old Yazidi girl she and her husband kept as a slave to die of thirst in the hot sun.The 27-year-old, identified only as Jennifer ...

Poland’s taxi drivers hold up traffic over ride-hailing law

Tech 04/08/19, 16:25

Hundreds of taxi drivers drove at a crawl and walked in Poland's capital to protest a new law allowing and regulating ride-hailing services like Uber.The protesters who held up Warsaw traffic on Monday said the law adopted by the government last week will put cabbies out of work by subjecting ...

Prospects brighten for US law to shield online consumer data

Business 04/08/19, 12:50

Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and distribute people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data. ...

Oxford University to rethink degree given to Brunei sultan

Europe 04/06/19, 08:40

The University of Oxford says it will reconsider an honorary degree it awarded the Sultan of Brunei following the outcry over new Islamic laws in the Southeast Asian nation that punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death.The university said on Saturday it shared the "international revulsion" the ...

Dazed and confused: States push for legal clarity on CBD

Texas 04/04/19, 15:47

CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states and others moving to legalize the cannabis compound that ...

House approves domestic violence law amid dispute over guns

Politics 04/04/19, 12:12

The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act includes a provision making it easier to take away guns ...

Kansas GOP struggles for votes to override tax relief veto

U.S. 04/03/19, 18:56

Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas struggled Wednesday to find enough GOP votes to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a tax relief bill despite a strong push to save the measure from the state Republican Party. The measure Kelly vetoed last week was designed to prevent individuals and businesses from ...

Indiana governor signs hate crimes measure into law

Sports 04/03/19, 15:36

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday aimed at getting Indiana off a list of five states without a hate crimes law, saying that the conservative Midwestern state has "made progress and taken a strong stand against targeted violence."The Republican governor signed the measure into law one day after the ...

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