Calif. passes ‘sanc­tu­ary state’ bill

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SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — The Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture Satur­day passed a “sanc­tu­ary state” bill to pro­tect im­mi­grants with­out le­gal res­i­dency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter ex­panded de­por­ta­tion or­ders un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The leg­is­la­tion by Demo­cratic state Sen. Kevin de Leon, the most far-reach­ing of its kind in the coun­try, would limit state and lo­cal law en­force­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion author­i­ties, and pre­vent of­fi­cers from ques­tion­ing and hold­ing peo­ple on im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

Af­ter­de­bate in both hous­esof the Leg­is­la­ture, staunchop­po­si­tion from Repub­li­can­sh­er­iffs and threats­from Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials against sanc­tu­ary cities, the­bill was ap­proved on a 27-11 vote along party lines.

At­lantic oil ex­plo­ration

WASH­ING­TON— State and fed­eral law­mak­ers from both par­ties have joined East Coast busi­ness in­ter­ests to per­suade the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to halt its plan for fos­sil fuel de­vel­op­ment in the At­lantic Ocean.

It’s a sur­pris­ingly di­verse col­lec­tion of power play­ers: mem­bers of Congress, dozens of law­mak­ers from both red and blue states, nine at­tor­neys gen­eral, six gov­er­nors and thou­sands of busi­ness own­ers from Florida through the Caroli­nas and up to New Jersey.

They hope that mix and their eco­nomic, not en­vi­ron­men­tal, ar­gu­ment will sway the In­te­rior Depart­ment.

Time is run­ning out for them to make the case. The In­te­rior Depart­ment is now re­view­ing whether to al­low the first-ever seis­mic tests in the At­lantic.

Ky. AG sees over­dose

LEX­ING­TON,Ky.—As Ken­tucky’s chief law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Andy Bes­hear spends a good deal of time warn­ing peo­ple about the dan­gers of heroin and pain pills, but he hadn’t seen an over­dose in per­son un­til Sept. 7.

That af­ter­noon, Mr. Bes­hear helped pull a man dy­ing of a drug over­dose out of a car in down­town Lex­ing­ton.

The man, who re­mains uniden­ti­fied, sur­vived after he was ad­min­is­tered sev­eral cans of nalox­one and taken to the hos­pi­tal. Mr. Bes­hear said he plans to in­struct all his staff on how to ad­min­is­ter the over­dose an­ti­dote.

A to­tal of 1,404 peo­ple died in Ken­tucky last year from drug over­doses, ac­cord­ing to the state Of­fice of Vi­tal Statis­tics. That com­pares to 1,248 deaths in 2015.

Long Is­land se­rial killer

MINEOLA,N.Y. — For years, the skele­tal re­mains of 10 peo­ple on a hid­den walk­way at a Long Is­land beach was a mystery.

Thena vet­eran county pros­e­cu­tor­pub­licly named asus­pect in at least one of the deaths: John Bit­trolff, a LongIs­land car­pen­ter who wassen­tenced to con­sec­u­tive 25 years-to-life terms in pris­on­this week for beat­ingtwo pros­ti­tutes to death in1993 and 1994.

Robert Bian­cav­illa, an as­sis­tant dis­trict at­tor­ney in Suf­folk County, said after the sen­tenc­ing that some of the re­mains found near Gilgo Beach “may be at­trib­uted to the hand­i­work of Mr. Bit­trolff.”

Any sug­ges­tion that Bit­trolff had any­thing to do with the dead women is “laugh­able,” said his lawyer, Jonathan Man­ley. Even a lawyer for the fam­ily of one of those linked to the case ex­pressed skep­ti­cism.

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