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FILE - In this May 31, 2017 file photo, then-state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Lara, who is now the California Insurance Commissioner, announced Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, that Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million in property and casualty penalty and interest payments. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 02, 2019 - 2:07 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mercury Insurance Co. is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state more than $41 million, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said Wednesday. He said it’s the largest property and...
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FILE - This Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 02, 2019 - 12:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks accelerated their losses Wednesday as investors retreated amid more disappointing economic news and the growing threat of a global slowdown. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 500 points as of noon Eastern time, or 1.9%, following a decline of 1.3% a day...
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Police officers demonstrate to denounce bad working conditions, lack of equipment and dilapidated police stations, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Police unions point out overwork due to the Yellow Vests anti-government protests and say officers are exposed to excessive violence. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 02, 2019 - 10:39 am
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of police officers have taken to the streets of Paris to protest low wages, long hours, lack of equipment and uptick in suicides among their comrades. The so-called "anger march" held Wednesday was the first mass mobilization by French police officers since 2001. Police...
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European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom speaks during a media conference after an informal lunch of EU trade ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The World Trade Organization ruled in May that Europe illegally subsidized Airbus, hurting U.S. competitor Boeing. The WTO is set shortly to allow President Donald Trump to slap tariffs worth billions of euros on European products, including wine, cheese and olives, in response. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 02, 2019 - 7:29 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is appealing to U.S. President Donald Trump to avoid any tit-for-tat tariff war as world trade's governing body prepares to issue a ruling that could allow him to impose billions in duties on EU produce. The World Trade Organization ruled in May that Europe...
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October 01, 2019 - 9:57 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday banned flavored tobacco products including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and menthol cigarettes amid concerns that the products appeal to young people. The county's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the ban and to call on California Gov...
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October 01, 2019 - 9:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a California law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his personal income tax returns in order to appear on the 2020 primary ballot. U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. issued a written opinion saying the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2010, file photo, a massive fire roars through a neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. U.S. transportation officials have finalized long-delayed measures meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. They had been in the works for almost a decade following a massive gas explosion in San Bruno. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
October 01, 2019 - 7:35 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials on Tuesday adopted long-delayed measures that are meant to prevent pipeline spills and deadly gas explosions but don't address recommended steps to lessen accidents once they occur. The new rules from the Department of Transportation apply to...
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FILE - In this a July 11, 2002, file photo, Dr. Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of "Manchado," a Mexican Spotted Owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened owl. The order issued earlier Sept. 2019, out of the U.S. District Court in Tucson covers 18,750 square miles. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)
October 01, 2019 - 4:53 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A tree-cutting ban in Southwest forests meant to protect a threatened spotted owl was narrowed Tuesday to exclude personal firewood cutting permits that residents in rural areas rely on to heat their homes and cook. The ban on timber management activities covers 18,750...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo, a cashier displays a packet of tobacco-flavored Juul pods at a store in San Francisco. Juul Labs said Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, that it will stop supporting a ballot measure to overturn an anti-vaping law in San Francisco, effectively killing the campaign. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado, File)
October 01, 2019 - 4:06 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A campaign to defeat an industry-backed e-cigarette measure on San Francisco's ballot will push on despite the announcement by Juul Labs Inc. that it will stop financially supporting the proposal to overturn a city ban on e-cigarettes and vape product sales. The San Francisco...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo stock prices are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 01, 2019 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks sank to their worst loss in five weeks on Tuesday after a surprisingly limp report on the nation's manufacturing stirred worries about the economy's strength. The report showed that manufacturing weakened in September for the second straight month as President Donald...
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