Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — During a night of vodka, cocaine, marijuana and video games, Joey Meek listened as a childhood buddy confided that he hated blacks so much he was going to kill them at a South Carolina church. Meek said he thought his friend was all talk until a week later, when news broke […]

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90. Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence by his […]

School ends auction of senior that reminds some of slavery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California high school abandoned an annual fundraising auction to buy a senior for a day after some students said the practice reminded them of slavery. Lamari Johnson, an African-American senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, launched an online petition to end the practice, noting that February is […]

Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in the All-Star Game in their arena. The Kings dealt one […]

Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency

CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Seema Verma heads Indianapolis-based SVC Inc., a consulting firm that works with GOP-led states seeking federal […]

CBC Members Protest Trump’s Executive Order at Airports Nationwide

(NNPA) – At the height of the protests over President Donald Trump’s executive order that imposed a travel ban on seven Muslim countries, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport and asked airport officials how many people were being detained at the airport as a result of the order. Though the Trump […]

Civil rights groups changing tactics following Sessions loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to prevent Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation, civil rights groups are now shifting their attention to monitoring his actions at the Justice Department and challenging President Donald Trump’s other actions in areas of concern. Sessions was sworn in at the White House Thursday despite furious opposition from civil rights activists […]

Curry, Warriors miss shots down stretch, lose to Kings in OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry just plain missed when it mattered most and said so afterward. Steve Kerr insists he got what he deserved being ejected for going absolutely crazy at the refs and losing his cool. The Golden State Warriors showed some flaws and played one of their worst games yet. Draymond Green […]

California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California’s legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising “USA Home Grown” dangles from a wall. Here, in the outskirts of Sacramento, a […]

California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown forcefully defended California’s efforts to curb global warming, protect immigrants and expand health care, vowing in his State of the State address Tuesday to fight the Trump administration if it tries to roll back the state’s accomplishments. “California is not turning back. Not now, not ever,” he declared. […]