Even before controversy, Blacks cool to Oscars telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards. Rock will be back as host this year, but it’s an open question how many Black viewers will […]

John Lewis on Sanders’ civil rights work: ‘Never saw him’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leader John Lewis on Thursday dismissed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ 1960s work on racial equality, saying, “I never saw him. I never met him.” The Georgia congressman — a stalwart of the Freedom Rides through the South, lunch counter sit-ins and the 1963 March on Washington — raised questions […]

Clinton, Sanders clash over minorities, money and Obama

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial backing of Black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate and clashed heatedly over their support for Barack Obama as the presidential race shifted toward states with more minority voters. Clinton, who has cast herself as the rightful heir to Obama’s legacy, […]

Why is gas so expensive in California? Taxes, regulations & possibly price gouging

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Fuel experts and consumer advocates also told the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee that a high state gas […]

Gay scores 32 to lead Kings over Bucks, 111-104

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For the second time this season with teammate DeMarcus Cousins watching from the bench in street clothes, Rudy Gay tormented the Milwaukee Bucks. Gay had 32 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Sacramento Kings snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Bucks 111-104 on Monday night. Sacramento won […]

Analysis of racial polling shows whites more aware of racism

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — More white Americans now share the view, long held by minorities, that racism is a national problem and should be confronted, according to an analysis of recent public opinion polling. The review, compiled by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Northeastern University School of Journalism, concludes that a majority of […]

Governor proposes ballot measure on criminal sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative unveiled Wednesday that aims to free certain felons earlier and have fewer juveniles tried as adults. If California voters approve it in November, the measure would increase sentencing credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs, the […]

San Francisco mayor asks feds for probe of police shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has requested a federal investigation of the police shooting of a young black man, along with a broader look into the department. Lee asked for the probe of the Mario Woods shooting in a letter to U.S. Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch that was made public Monday. […]

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc a tribute to his music

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — As a young artist, Michael Jackson knew he wanted to be legendary. “I will be magic,” he wrote as a teenager, outlining his plans for his career. “I will be better than every great actor roped in one.” Jackson’s drive to succeed and his striking talent as a singer, dancer […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Urges Fiscal Caution in State of the State Address

(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown urged fiscal caution Thursday in his State of the State address, calling for lawmakers to beef up California’s rainy day fund and pay for long-delayed infrastructure repairs instead of pursuing expensive new programs. As he did in his budget proposal last week, Brown sought funding for health care and transportation […]