Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses […]

Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of Senator Richard Pan

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Opponents of California’s new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation’s author. The California secretary of state says advocates can begin collecting signatures in Sacramento and Yolo counties for the recall of state Sen. Richard Pan. The Sacramento Democrat and pediatrician led the drive this year […]

Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig

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SANTA MONICA (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” heir. Noah riffed at length Tuesday night about black fear of police violence. He called out pundits who make snap judgments linking Muslims and terrorism. And the native of […]

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

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HEMPSTEAD (AP) — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition. The 78-year-old is selling watermelons by the roadside just outside Hempstead, where the perfect combination […]

High costs plague some state-run health insurance markets

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WASHINGTON (AP) — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states. Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million […]

Authorities point to evidence of suicide in Texas jail death

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HEMPSTEAD (AP) — While Sandra Bland’s family maintains that the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell would not have taken her own life, authorities are pointing to mounting evidence that they say shows she hanged herself. An autopsy showed that marks around Bland’s neck were consistent with suicide by hanging, and her body […]

Kamala Harris to review video targeting Planned Parenthood

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday that she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers, to see if any laws were broken. Harris announced the move in a letter to four Democratic members of Congress who […]

Bush calls on GOP to embrace Latinos, African-Americans

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GORHAM (AP) — Calling on his party to embrace diversity, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Thursday that Republicans will never win the presidency if they don’t campaign in “every nook and cranny” of the country — especially in Hispanic and African-American communities. “I’m running to draw people toward our cause rather than push them […]

Higher Minimum-Wage Proposals Gain Ground on Both Coasts

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(AP) – The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. “How we support our workers and their families […]

Texas trooper video rekindles debate about police treatment of Blacks

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AUSTIN (AP) — When Sandra Bland refused to put out her cigarette, the police officer opened her car door and tried dragging her out of the vehicle. She asked at least four times why she was being arrested and got no answer. When she told him she had epilepsy, he shouted, “Good!” The tense dashcam […]