4-year Prison Term in Calif. Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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SACRAMENTO – A 39-year-old Northern California man connected to a wide-ranging mortgage-lending scheme has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. The Sacramento Bee reports Johnny “Jay” Grivette Jr. was also ordered Tuesday to pay more than $4 million in restitution to a list of lending institutions. Grivette’s Advantage Financial Partners of California was […]

Sacramento County Bans Outdoor Marijuana Crops

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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County supervisors have unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops after hearing from law enforcement officials who said the region has seen an explosion of grow sites. The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county because of a lack of clarity in […]

Backers, Opponents of Michigan Ban React to Ruling

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DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices […]

Defend ‘Obamacare’ Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

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WASHINGTON — The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. Other Democratic candidates, however, remain wary, unsure that a modest dose […]

Report: California Is Top Crime Target in United States

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SACRAMENTO – California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the […]

Gas Prices May Jump From California Emissions Law

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SAN FRANCISCO – California’s greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state’s industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees. It’s now poised to hit the pocketbooks of everyday Californians. Starting next year, the law will force fuel distributors into the same cap-and-trade marketplace as utilities and major manufacturers. […]

Black Twitter Quickly Growing Into Online Force

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WASHINGTION – The hashtag gave it away. When a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis, the hashtag #dangerousblackchildren popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, spoofing the fear that Dunn testified he felt before opening […]

Attorney General Eric Holder Taken to The Hospital

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital Thursday as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work. A department statement said said Holder was “resting comfortably and in good condition” at a Washington hospital after feeling the symptoms during a morning meeting with senior […]