Mormon conference begins a day after choir name change

U.S. 10/06/18, 15:38

Mormon leaders are set to deliver spiritual guidance and church news as the faith's conference kicks off in Salt Lake City one day after the faith announced it was renaming the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir to drop the word Mormon.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' twice-yearly conference began ...

Melania Trump puts on happier face during Africa tour

U.S. 10/06/18, 15:17

It took Melania Trump's first big solo international trip for her to show a different side of herself — a playful, less serious one.And while she generously dished out warm smiles and happy waves, the first lady also used her four-nation tour of Africa to draw some firmer boundaries between ...

Update: Mormons to spend less time at church on Sundays

U.S. 10/06/18, 13:42

The Latest on Mormon conference in Salt Lake City (all times local):11:30 a.m.The Mormon church is scaling back the Sunday time commitment expected of its members from three hours to two.Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the change Saturday at the faith's ...

Gas tax, Trump, housing drive race for California governor

U.S. 10/06/18, 12:43

California's race for governor pits Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat and former San Francisco mayor, against Republican businessman John Cox. Here's a look at where they stand on issues that have shaped the race:GAS TAX REPEAL (Proposition 6)Lawmakers and outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown last year raised gas taxes by ...

Awaiting Kavanaugh vote, Trump sets campaign focus on Kansas

U.S. 10/06/18, 12:38

President Donald Trump is setting his campaign sights on Kansas as he awaits an expected political victory — Senate confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee.Trump has scheduled an evening rally in Topeka with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an early supporter who's the GOP nominee for governor.The president also ...

5 corrections officers hurt in assaults at Minnesota prison

U.S. 10/06/18, 12:32

Authorities say five corrections officers were injured by inmates at a Minnesota prison during two assaults within 35 minutes, the second of which prompted a temporary lockdown at the maximum-security prison.All personnel were treated at area hospitals and later released following the Friday assaults. The attacks come less than two ...

Gas tax, housing among propositions on California ballot

California 10/06/18, 12:15

California voters will decide on 11 propositions when they go to the polls Nov. 6. Here's a look at the issues on the ballot:___PROPOSITION 1: VETERANS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING BONDS ACTAllows the state to issue $4 billion in bonds for existing affordable housing programs for low-income residents, veterans and farmworkers. ...

Time right for permanent daylight saving in California?

California 10/06/18, 12:10

It's clockwork: Every fall and spring, Californians and most of the rest of the nation switch to daylight saving or standard time, often with gripes about losing an hour of sleep, the sun setting earlier in the day or the minor chore of changing clocks.This November, California voters will decide ...

California measure would make egg-laying hens cage-free

California 10/06/18, 12:10

A measure on California's November ballot would require that egg-laying hens be cage free by 2022.The measure would phase in the standard by creating new minimum size requirements for confinement pens for hens, as well as for calves raised for veal and breeding pigs.FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2008, ...

Candidates compete for schools chief, lieutenant governor

California 10/06/18, 11:54

Voters will choose California's next lieutenant governor, schools chief and other statewide officeholders on Nov. 6. The race for superintendent of public education is shaping up to be an expensive showdown between unions and charter-school advocates. In the contest for secretary of state, the incumbent Democrat Alex Padilla is hoping ...

Dialysis clinics, union fight over California Proposition 8

California 10/06/18, 11:54

A ballot measure restricting profits at dialysis clinics has overtaken initiatives on the gas tax and rent control to become the most expensive California proposition this cycle.The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West has poured roughly $20 million into Proposition 8 on the November ballot. The measure would cap ...

California rent control ballot measure prompts fierce fight

California 10/06/18, 11:53

Californians who rent apartments built after 1995, single-family homes or condominiums have limited protections from rising costs under a state law passed that year that restricts rent control.That could change if voters pass Proposition 10 in November. It would overturn the 1995 law and open the door to more rent ...

California’s Feinstein takes lead role in court fight

California 10/06/18, 11:33

The national spotlight is glaring on California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her November re-election bid as she takes a leading role in the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have condemned the Democratic senator's handling of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, alleging she kept ...

Newsom eyes return to spotlight as California governor

California 10/06/18, 11:32

For eight years, Democrat Gavin Newsom bided his time as California's lieutenant governor, a job with little responsibility and little interest to him. He was so eager to start the next phase of his political life that within three months of winning a second term in 2014 he announced his ...

Cox leans on business success in bid for California governor

California 10/06/18, 11:27

John Cox, the Republican candidate for governor of California, had his political awakening in grade school.His mother, a high school librarian, worked for incompetent principals in Chicago who got their jobs, Cox says, because they were politically connected. He could see her frustrations with bosses who demoralized her by stymieing ...

Military families angry about damage, thefts during moves

U.S. 10/06/18, 11:07

Military families are complaining that this year's base transfers are the worst in memory as movers are destroying, damaging, losing and stealing their household goods. Numerous service families told The Associated Press stories of theft, carelessness and frustration during 2018 transfers, which are done by private companies hired by the military. ...

Texas sheriff’s deputy dies after he’s struck by vehicles

U.S. 10/06/18, 11:02

An East Texas sheriff's deputy has died after he was struck by two vehicles while attempting to remove debris from a roadway.The Nacogdoches County sheriff's office says in a statement that deputy Raymond "Brad" Jimmerson was killed early Friday when he was struck north of the city of Nacogdoches.It wasn't ...

As joblessness falls, skilled workers might be hard to find

U.S. 10/06/18, 10:46

Are America's employers at risk of running out of skilled people to hire?The U.S. economy has become a seemingly perpetual job-generating machine, having steadily added workers for nearly eight years. Even with the unemployment rate now at 3.7 percent — its lowest point since 1969 — hiring hasn't stalled. So ...