DIVIDED AMERICA: Minorities hopeful, whites sour on future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Consider two women in their 70s, both residents of the Kansas City area. One is white and affluent; the other is Black and working class. Guess which one is more optimistic about the country’s future and that of their grandchildren? More than likely, you guessed wrong. This year’s presidential campaign […]

Raised-fist protesters Smith, Carlos support Kaepernick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tommie Smith and John Carlos were proud to raise their gloved fists in a symbolic protest at the Olympics, and now they’re proud that Colin Kaepernick and other athletes are staging national anthem protests to raise awareness about racial inequality and police brutality. The American sprinters who were sent home from the […]

Governor to approve state-run retirement for private workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to sign legislation Thursday to automatically enroll nearly 7 million people in a retirement savings account, an attempt to address growing fears that many workers will be financially unprepared to retire. The legislation creates a state-run retirement program for workers who don’t have an employer-sponsored plan, […]

Trump calls for racial unity, embraces ‘stop and frisk’

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lamenting a “lack of spirit” between whites and blacks, Donald Trump encouraged racial unity on Thursday even as he called for one of the nation’s largest cities to adopt “stop and frisk” policing tactics that have been widely condemned as racial profiling by minority leaders. The Republican presidential contender, eager to improve […]

Kings sign point guard Jordan Farmar

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have signed free agent point guard Jordan Farmar. General manager Vlade Divac announced the deal Wednesday. Farmar has averaged 7.7 points and 2.9 assists per game in nine NBA seasons. He won two NBA titles as a reserve on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and ’10. Farmar […]

Stalemate on debates shadows California US Senate contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candidate debates are usually routine events on the political calendar. But not in California’s U.S. Senate contest. The two Democrats seeking the seat — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez — have been unable to agree how many there should be, or when and where to hold […]

15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

NEW YORK (AP) — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together. After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless […]

Scarce targets curb Dem hopes for House gains, despite Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a taste of ads to come, House Democrats have run national TV spots in which actors recount Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about immigrants, women and veterans and one asks, “How can Republican members of Congress support that?” The commercials, by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, underscore the party’s hopes for an […]

Study finds inequality unchanged in Hollywood

(AP) – Despite widespread attention over diversity in the movie business, a new study finds that little is changing in Hollywood for women, minorities, LGBT people and others who continue to find themselves on the outside of an industry where researchers say inequality is “the norm.” A report to be released Wednesday by the Media, […]

Study finds most teens vaping fruity flavors, not nicotine

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials warn that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices are poisoning kids with nicotine. But new research suggests that most teens aren’t vaping nicotine at all but using sweet and fruity flavors like strawberry, chocolate cake and bubble gum. Only a fraction of young vapers were inhaling nicotine, a nationwide […]