SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two Sacramento police officers who killed an unarmed black man last year said hours after the shooting that they thought Stephon Clark had a gun because they saw a flash...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general announced Tuesday that he won't charge two Sacramento police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, joining a local...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 20 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration's effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits challenging a Trump administration abortion rule (all times local):
California and several other Democratic-led states have...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's gun seizure program (all times local):
California investigated a record nearly 11,000 people last year who no longer are...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A uniquely California program investigated a record number of people who no longer are allowed to own firearms, yet the underlying backlog remains nearly the same as a...
Commission censures ex-judge who lost attorney general bid
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican judge who ran unsuccessfully for California attorney general last year has been barred from the bench or working in state courts for using his position to...
California AG tries to take back details on police crimes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is demanding that a university journalism program return a state list that includes law enforcement officers convicted of crimes in the past...
California officials: Immigration facilities lack oversight
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Detainees confined to federal immigration detention facilities located in California have inadequate access to health care, lawyers and family, state Attorney General Xavier...
California may broaden far-reaching data privacy law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California consumers would have more power to sue corporations for misusing their data under a proposal by the attorney general Monday to expand what already is the...
Latest: California sues Trump over emergency declaration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration (all times local):
California's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states — including California — allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.
16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.
Michigan joins lawsuit challenging border wall declaration
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan has joined a lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the lawsuit Monday and says 16 states allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution
Protests slam Trump’s declaration as states ready lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters around the U.S. spent Presidents Day rallying against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration as at least a dozen states planned a lawsuit to block Trump's latest ploy to fund his long-promised border wall.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; former Gov. William Weld, R-Mass.
California may sue Trump over emergency wall declaration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Gov. Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, told reporters that there is no emergency at the border and that Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration.
California’s attorney general sued over police records
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that advocates for free speech sued California's attorney general Thursday over his refusal to release police misconduct records.
The First Amendment Coalition filed suit against Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleging the chief law enforcement officer is breaking a state law that took effect Jan. 1.
Maine, Vermont AGs join push for better asbestos reporting
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Attorneys general from Maine and Vermont are joining 13 colleagues in other jurisdictions to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten rules about reporting of the presence of asbestos.
Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says the coalitions wants EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to start a rulemaking process that results in elimination of exemptions for asbestos in the current chemical data reporting guidelines.
Aetna settles with California in HIV-related privacy breach
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Aetna will pay $935,000 after one of its vendors sent letters to California patients that revealed via a window on the envelopes that the recipients were taking HIV-related medications, officials said Wednesday.
The settlement resolves allegations that Aetna violated state health privacy laws, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.
Nearly 2,000 Californians — and 12,000 people nationwide — received the revealing letters in 2017.
Top prosecutor’s past infuses California’s battle with Trump
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When President Donald Trump revoked protections for young immigrants known as "Dreamers," California's top prosecutor, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, turned to a member of his office's civil rights section to craft the state's legal response.
Immigration a recurring theme in California’s Trump lawsuits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has taken on the Trump administration in nearly 100 briefs and other legal actions, including 45 lawsuits. Among his most significant victories was a 2018 ruling that blocked the White House's decision to end an Obama-era program that protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
California attorney general leads Trump resistance into 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the "Resistance State" to pummel President Donald Trump's administration with dozens of legal actions.
Heading into 2019, he may turn up the heat even more, buoyed by his overwhelming endorsement from voters, a Democratic U.S. House and a more aggressive governor who takes office Monday.
Judge clears the way for appeal of ruling against health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas who recently declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional has stayed his ruling to allow for appeals.
That means "Obamacare" remains in effect while litigation continues.
In a ruling issued Sunday, Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth wrote that he stands by his earlier conclusion that the entire law is invalidated by congressional repeal of its fines on people who remain uninsured, like a house of cards collapsing.
Filing: Utility could face charges in California wildfires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general has told a federal judge it's possible the giant utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could face charges up to murder if investigators find reckless operation of power equipment caused any deadly wildfires in the past two years.
Adviser to governor confirmed to California Supreme Court
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A senior adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown who was instrumental in hundreds of judicial appointments was poised Friday to become the newest member of the state Supreme Court after a judicial commission confirmed his nomination.
California Gov. Brown talks health care, 4 terms in office
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown predicted Tuesday that Republicans would face disastrous electoral consequences if a federal judge's ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act holds.
"It will build such a backlash that the Democrats will not only overtake the Senate, they'll win the presidency and they'll win enough momentum, particularly on the issue of health care, it will be replaced with something even better," Brown said.
- Globe NewswireGun Owners, Civil Rights Groups Seek Injunction in California “Assault Weapon” LawsuitAugust 15, 2018
- Globe NewswireCalif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, DOJ Withdraw Latest “Assault Weapon” Proposed Regulation After Strong Opposition from Gun GroupsJuly 12, 2018
- Globe NewswireBREAKING: Gun Rights Groups Sue Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, DOJ in New Lawsuit Over “Assault Weapon Registration Disasters”July 11, 2018
- BusinessWireLABC Endorses Gavin Newsom for Governor of CaliforniaJune 13, 2018
- BusinessWireLABC Endorses Gavin Newsom for Governor of CaliforniaJune 13, 2018
Sewage from Mexico spill flows north into California waters
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Millions of gallons of raw sewage has spilled into Mexico's Tijuana River and is flowing north into California, fouling beaches in San Diego County, where swimmers and surfers were urged to stay out of the ocean.
If the spill that began late Monday continues unabated, it could be the largest since early 2017, when coastal waters were tainted for weeks, the Los Angeles Times said.
The wastewater is supposed to be treated before it's emptied into the river,
California lawmakers swear in for new 2-year session
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's legislative session began Monday with a mix of pomp and circumstance and sweeping declarations from Democrats about the policies they'll pursue, from tackling climate change to ending childhood poverty.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon also promised to keep up the fight against President Donald Trump, an effective foil that allowed Democrats to gain historic margins in both the Senate and Assembly in November.
Correction: Election 2018-California Statewide Offices story
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 7 about statewide races in California, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a statement to Controller Betty Yee. The statement about building a "fiscal wall" against Trump administration policies actually was from Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Kounalakis, Yee, Ma among statewide victors in California
Supreme Court turns away challenge to California gun control
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing a new invitation to rule on gun rights, leaving in place California restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in public.
The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Sacramento residents who argued that they were unfairly denied permits to be armed in public.
The complaint alleged that a prior Sacramento sheriff who was in charge of handgun permits arbitrarily rewarded friends.
California officers lauded for actions during fire, shootout
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four California Highway Patrol officers who flew through hurricane-force winds to rescue dozens of residents trapped by a wildfire north of Napa last year were awarded the state's highest law enforcement honor Monday.
"There's a lot of people who thought they were going to die that night. Thankfully, we were able to be there and make a difference," recalled Officer Whitney Lowe, a flight officer on one of two helicopters.
Gas-tax repeal advocates seek recall of California AG
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A conservative San Diego radio host who is a driving force behind an initiative to repeal recent gas tax increases said Monday he'll seek to recall California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra if the measure fails.
California agrees to delay enforcing net-neutrality law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't enforce the nation's toughest state-level net-neutrality law when it takes effect in January, agreeing Friday with the Trump administration and internet companies who sued that the state law should wait for the outcome of a separate lawsuit pending in Washington.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra made a joint filing with lawyers looking to block the law asking a federal judge in Sacramento to put the California case on hold for now.
Los Angeles gun seizures touted, but big backlog remains
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new police task force targeting people who aren't allowed to have guns has led to 35 arrests and the seizure of more than 100 firearms since June, officials announced Tuesday while acknowledging that an ever-increasing backlog of prohibited possessors remains a major challenge.
California’s role fighting Trump marks attorney general race
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra fights the Trump administration at seemingly every turn and wants voters to keep him in the job to continue the battle.
17 charged in brazen robberies at Apple stores in California
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general says 17 people have been charged in connection to a string of brazen robberies of more than $1 million in electronics from Apple stores throughout the state.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday officials arrested and booked seven suspects in Alameda County and that another one is in custody in Sonoma County. Arrest warrants have been issued for nine other people suspected in the organized thefts.
US attorneys general discuss social media privacy concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) — A meeting between top state law enforcement officials and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about how the government can safeguard the privacy of social media users ended Tuesday without a decision on whether to investigate.
The gathering at the Justice Department was scheduled to discuss whether tech giants are "stifling the free exchange of ideas" and examine whether they "may be hurting competition."
Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.
A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states.
The Latest: States sue over Trump pollution rollback
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a Trump administration rollback of a rule meant to curb pollution emissions from oil and gas drilling on public lands (all times local):
Attorneys general from California and New Mexico are suing the Trump administration over its rollback of a rule aimed at reducing pollution from energy drilling on federal lands.
California AG to attend Sessions’ meeting about social media
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's attorney general will attend a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions later this month that has been planned to discuss concerns over whether social media companies are "stifling the free exchange of ideas."
California says gangs stole $1 million by credit card fraud
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 30 purported street gang members have been charged with stealing more than $1 million in what authorities said Monday was an unusually sophisticated credit card fraud scheme.
Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.
A Santa Barbara County jury found Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline guilty of a felony count of failing to properly maintain its pipeline and eight misdemeanor charges, including killing marine mammals and protected sea birds.
California Joins Lawsuit on 3D Printed Guns
States vow to press fight against Trump’s car fuel rules
LOS ANGELES (AP) — State prosecutors from California to Massachusetts blasted the Trump administration Thursday for proposing weaker auto fuel-efficiency standards they said would imperil clean air and increase greenhouse gases.
Months after they pre-emptively sued to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back mileage regulations, Democratic attorneys general vowed to continue their fight in the courts.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is joining a lawsuit against the federal government to block the release of blueprints that show how to make 3D-printed plastic guns.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday he will join other attorneys general challenging a settlement the Trump administration reached with a Texas-based company to release the plans on the Internet.
A Seattle federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked release of the blueprints.
California Editorial Rdp
The Mercury News on California needing to fight Trump on fuel efficiency standards:
In 1969, the year before the Clean Air Act was enacted, American cars on average got an abysmal 12.0 miles per gallon. They ran on leaded gas and spewed dirty exhaust into the air.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general joined regulators in the federal government and other states Thursday in targeting charities they said falsely promise to aid veterans and active members of the military.
The California effort includes requiring more than 500 veterans' charities to file delinquent reports with the state's Registry of Charitable Trusts and suspending them if they don't comply within 30 days.