Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their opposition to the ballot box.» Read More
JACKSON, Miss.— Some of the most dangerous prisoners have been removed from the privately-run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility following a July 10 riot, as the Mississippi Department of Corrections faces renewed legal claims that the prison's guards are too poorly trained to control such inmates.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
HOUSTON, Sept 30- The World Bank arbitration tribunal will give its final award ruling this week on a multibillion- dollar claim by Exxon Mobil Corp against Venezuela over the 2007 nationalization of two oil projects, legal sources said on Tuesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa— A lawsuit alleging Iowa- based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 30- California Governor Jerry Brown late on Monday vetoed a bill that would have helped franchisees recoup some of their business investments when a franchisor wrongly terminates their relationship.
SAN FRANCISCO— A San Francisco supervisor wants chain retail stores to give more predictable work schedules to their hourly employees, many of whom are struggling to juggle multiple jobs and family responsibilities.
CHICAGO— Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. Uber's Chicago office covers the company's central region, including Texas and Canada.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California would become the first state to allow family members to petition judges to take away relatives' guns if they are deemed to be dangerous under a bill facing a Tuesday deadline for action by the governor.
Alex Padilla, D- Los Angeles, credits the momentum for statewide legislation to the more than 100 cities and counties, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, that already have such bans. The law marks a major milestone for environmental activists who have successfully pushed plastic bag bans in cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Austin and Seattle.
DENVER— Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty medical marijuana use is protected under an obscure state law.
Jerry Brown said Monday that he has rejected legislation that would have made it harder for the corporate owners of brands such as McDonald's and Subway to cancel franchise agreements.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. securities regulators can move forward with a lawsuit accusing two Dubai residents of making $3.7 million through insider trading in Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc and another biotechnology company, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.— An unmanned aircraft unit led by the Grand Forks County sheriff's department flew its first nighttime mission after four suspects fled during a traffic stop, department officials said Monday.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- The industry group that regulates securities brokerages has decided it cannot force firms to carry insurance for payment of awards granted by arbitration panels or courts to customers who have lost money, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Illinois House Republicans, fearing that majority Democrats could take money away from their suburban Chicago school districts in a postelection vote, have thrown up prominent if symbolic opposition on Senate- approved legislation to overhaul state funding for public education. The Bunker Hill Democrat's plan won Senate approval in May.
LONDON, Sept 29- Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday.
NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, Sept 29- Argentina said on Monday that any sanctions for contempt of court, levelled against it for refusing to pay U.S. hedge funds suing over defaulted debt, would be illegal under international law.
PARIS, Sept 29- Defendants at a French trial involving allegations of insider trading at Airbus Group this week will try to persuade judges it should not take place on the grounds it breaches their human rights, lawyers involved in the case said. That principle is enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.
WASHINGTON, Sept 29- One of the more unusual trials to come out of the 2008 financial crisis is set to begin on Monday, when a federal judge will consider whether the U.S. government's rescue of American International Group Inc was, in fact, legal.
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio— A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object— a gun? In the Wal-Mart case and others, cameras meant to help catch bad guys or document police actions are drawing attention for capturing officers using force.