Teen removed from graduation for wearing African cloth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A black teenager says he was escorted out of his high school graduation ceremony in Sacramento by three deputies for refusing to remove his kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric. Nyree Holmes said Saturday that he wore the decorative cloth atop his graduation robes to have something with […]

SCOTUS: Prosecutors excluded Blacks from Jury; overturns all-white jury verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man’s death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van. A judge also found Officer Edward […]

California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate approved a wide-ranging series of gun control bills Thursday, reviving an effort to significantly tighten California’s already strict gun laws in the wake of last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Lawmakers voted to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable magazines and to […]

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of Black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, […]

California ballot measure blamed for shoplifting jump

ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) — Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1½ years ago. About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells in HobbyTown USA, a small shop in Rocklin, […]

Poll: Millennials more open to idea of slavery reparations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A vast majority of white Americans say there should not be reparations for African-American descendants of slaves, but more than half of Blacks say it’s a good idea and Hispanics are almost evenly split, according to a new poll. Time may bring about a shift in those numbers: More than half of […]

Kings hire coach Dave Joerger 2 days after firing in Memphis

(SACRAMENTO) – Two days after being jettisoned by the Memphis Grizzlies, Dave Joerger has landed in Sacramento as the latest coach looking to end the Kings’ decade-long playoff drought. Joerger replaces George Karl and becomes the Kings’ ninth head coach since the team went to the playoffs in 2006 under Rick Adelman. “He is a […]

West Point launches inquiry into cadets’ fists-raised photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 Black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised, an image that has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity. West Point is looking into whether the photo broke any rules, Spokesman Lt. […]

California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to […]