Black teens most active on social media apps

(AP) – Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones — which could explain why they’re the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram. A survey released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday while serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said. Hernandez, 27, was found by guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. The former New […]

Comedian Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie, dies at 57

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and a comic performer in his own right who turned encounters with Rick James and Prince into standout sketches on “Chappelle’s Show,” has died. He was 57. Murphy died Wednesday in New York of leukemia, according to his representative, Domenick Nati. He was […]

Sacramento officer seen on video punching jaywalker in face

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer seen on video hurling a jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the face will be the subject of a criminal investigation, authorities said Tuesday. The “disturbing” and unreasonable actions of the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, were not within policy, Sacramento police […]

Senate GOP invokes ‘nuclear’ option, clearing way for Trump SCOTUS pick

(AP) – Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country. “We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court,” […]

California has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in recent years, but that doesn’t necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday. The state saw 1.5 million arrests for misdemeanors and felonies in 2015, the most recent year with figures available, according to the Los […]

Harris and other Democrats to oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. California Sen. Kamala Harris, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all said they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often […]

2 women charge racial discrimination at Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Black women who work at Fox News Channel have charged in a lawsuit that they were subjected to “yearslong relentless racial” hostility at the hands of a top financial executive at the network who has since been fired. Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, who sued this week in New York […]

#BlackWomenAtWork highlights daily challenge of race, gender

(AP) – A pair of testy exchanges between high-profile Black women and white men in the political spotlight launched a tweetstorm under the hashtag BlackWomenAtWork, validating the experiences of thousands of professional Black women who say such slights are all too common. It began Tuesday morning with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ridiculing veteran congresswoman […]

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 […]