The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to file five years' worth of tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballots. The Senate voted 33-3 to pass the measure. A House version has been held in a committee. Senate spokesman Greg Pare says if the bill becomes law, President Donald Trump wouldn't appear on a future ballot unless he filed his returns. read more
SAN ANTONIO -- Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said one of his off-duty detention officers has been arrested following accusations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 4-year-old. Salazar said the victim's mother reported the sexual assault Saturday night after the child made an outcry to her mom. It's believed the sexual assault had been going on for the past few months, possibly years. Sheriff Salazar said the victim's mother is an undocumented immigrant and Nunez allegedly threatened her with deportation if she reported the sexual assault. After further investigation and questioning, 47-year-old Jose Nunez was arrested and charged with super aggravated sexual assault. read more
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told CBS News correspondent Paula Reid on Friday that he advised Trump not to issue any pardons until the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Giuliani said Trump agrees that issuing pardons ahead of its conclusion would not be helpful. Giuliani also said he will leave the case after the Mueller probe ends, and that it will be up to White House counsel to help decide whether anyone is pardoned. Giuliani said Trump should pardon anyone the president believes has been treated unfairly.
State lawmakers approved a $139 billion budget Thursday. The budget, which boosts spending 9 percent for the fiscal year beginning July 1, was approved with support mainly from Democrats. ... California is riding a wave of economic growth that has produced the largest surplus since at least 2000. Even the most conservative forecast pegs the surplus at nearly $9 billion. ... The budget will boost assistance for people living in poverty, including more than 13,000 new slots for subsidized child care. People on CalWorks, the state welfare program, will see monthly grants rise by 10 percent in April, the start of a multiyear effort to lift the income of the poorest Californians to 50 percent of the federal poverty level. Advocates said the boost would ensure children aren't living in deep poverty, which harms their brain development and hinders future performance in school and work. read more
Scotland's emissions of greenhouse gases have fallen to nearly half the levels measured in 1990, according to a new report. The latest official figures show the country has hit its statutory annual climate change target for the third year in a row, after achieving a 49 per cent cut in emissions since the baseline year. The 2016 statistics suggest the country is on course to exceed its current 2020 goal, which demands reductions of at least 42 per cent. read more