California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

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HOLLYWOOD (AP) – Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is […]

Lawmakers pursue right-to-die for terminally ill California patients after high-profile death

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication nearly a decade after similar legislation failed. Terminally ill patients can legally take their lives in […]

University of California ties coach bonuses to academics

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The academic performance of student athletes will be a factor in how coaches and athletic directors at University of California campuses are evaluated and compensated under a new policy approved by university President Janet Napolitano and made public Friday. The incentive-pay policy scheduled to be discussed by the university’s governing board […]

Former Pleasant Grove Star Arik Armstead to leave Oregon for the NFL

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EUGENE (AP) – Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The school’s website announced that Armstead filed paperwork to make in official Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior said in a statement that he’s ready to test himself at the next level. Armstead started all 13 games he appeared in […]

NFL To Hold Combine For Veteran Players

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – NFL combines will take on an “older” look when the league adds one for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans’ combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine […]

Analyst: California governor underestimates revenues by $2B

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday. That means more money for schools and more reason […]

California AG Kamala Harris to Run for US Senate

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LOS ANGELES  (AP) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first minority to hold that office, will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday. With her formal announcement Tuesday, Harris, 50, would become the first California Democrat to […]

Former Grant Pacers star Shaq Thompson headed to NFL

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SEATTLE (AP) – Washington linebacker, and Sacramento native, Shaq Thompson is forgoing his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. The school announced Thompson’s decision Monday. Thompson’s final game was the Huskies’ loss to Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl last Friday. Thompson was one of three Huskies on the AP’s All-America first […]