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Don Thompson

The Associated Press

Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Don:

10% of California Legislature now identifies as LGBTQ

Once all of them assume office, California will be the first state where it’s believed more than 10% of legislators identify publicly as LGBTQ. → Read More

California governor pardons abortion activist from 1940s

Gov. Gavin Newsom has posthumously pardoned an abortion activist from the 1930s and 1940s → Read More

AG won't seek charges in LAPD shooting of man with fake gun

California’s attorney general will not seek criminal charges against Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot a man last year, even though it turned out the gun he carried was fake. → Read More

Auditor: Systemic failures harm CA domestic violence program

State auditors say nearly half of California domestic violence offenders failed to complete a required program designed to prevent future assaults and judges failed to impose new sanctions almost every time → Read More

LA City Council president resigns council seat amid scandal over racist leaked audio

In a leaked recording, Nury Martinez made racist comments about the Black son of a white councilman, among other crude remarks. → Read More

LA City Council president resigns council seat amid scandal over racist leaked audio

In a leaked recording, Nury Martinez made racist comments about the Black son of a white councilman, among other crude remarks. → Read More

California adding wine, liquor bottles to recycling program

California will add wine and liquor bottles to its recycling rebate program starting in July 2024. The state previously included beer cans and bottles, but not wine or spirits containers. → Read More

California governor approves farmworker unionization law

Gov. Newsom signs bill to help farmworkers unionize. → Read More

California governor approves farmworker unionization law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom joined about two dozen jubilant, cheering farmworkers camped outside the state Capitol Wednesday to sign one of the most contentious bills before him this year. → Read More

California governor approves farmworker unionization law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved one of the most contentious bills before him this year → Read More

California Bar Investigating Celeb Lawyer Mark Geragos Over Armenian Genocide Settlement Money

His clients have included Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Winona Ryder, Chris Brown and and headline-grabbing defendants including Jussie Smollett and convicted killer Scott Peterson. → Read More

RFK Assassin Sirhan Sirhan Challenges His Parole Denial

Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 is asking to overturn California's Gov. Gavin Newsom's denial of his parole → Read More

Appeals court blocks California’s first-in-the-nation ban on for-profit prisons

The law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom was one of many efforts to limit California’s cooperation with the federal government as then-President Donald Trump imposed hardline policies on immigration enf… → Read More

Insurers say California’s inaction threatens auto policies

Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say the state is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve any rate increases for more than two… → Read More

Insurers say California’s inaction threatens auto policies

Top U.S. insurance companies and associations say California is risking a crisis in the nation’s largest automobile insurance market by refusing to approve any rate increases for more than tw… → Read More

Northern California woman gets 18 months in prison for kidnapping hoax

A woman will serve 18 months in prison for faking her kidnapping so she could go back to an ex-boyfriend, which led to a 3-week, multi-state search before she resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day in 2016. → Read More

Sherri Papini: California ‘chameleon’ awaits 2016 kidnapping hoax sentence

Sherri Papini, 40, pleaded guilty last spring under a plea bargain that includes paying more than $300,000 in restitution. Her lawyer says she’s troubled and disgraced and should serve most of the sentence at home while prosecutors say it’s imperative she spend her full term in prison. → Read More

California 1st with law protecting children’s online privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids’ safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in way… → Read More

California 1st with law protecting children's online privacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids' safety first by barring them from profiling children or using personal information in ways that could harm children physically or mentally, Gov. → Read More

California 1st state with law protecting children's online privacy

California will be the first state to require online companies to put kids' safety first, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday. → Read More