Appeals court to decide future of California carbon auctions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Businesses looking to invalidate California’s fee for carbon pollution took their arguments to a state appeals court Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of one of California’s signature efforts to combat climate change. With a central piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy on the line, lawyers for the […]

Black lawmakers to speak out against Sessions in hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, used strong words in the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings to deny any hints of a racist past. On day two, a group of black lawmakers will speak out against his nomination — including New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, who will […]

Brown, Legislature differ sharply on California budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown sees a budget deficit and an urgent need for spending cuts. Legislative leaders see a surplus with room to comfortably increase expenditures. Always at odds when it comes to the budget, the Democratic governor and the Democratic Legislature are particularly far apart this year as they embark on […]

Cousins scores 24, Kings come back to beat Pistons 100-94

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It took four tries for the Sacramento Kings to win for the first time on their much-anticipated, seven-game homestand. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to help the Kings stage a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback in defeating the Detroit Pistons 100-94 on Tuesday night. The Pistons led by […]

Obama pens law review article on criminal justice challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review on Thursday, penning an article about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system — and the challenges that remain for the next administration. His commentary, “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents can […]

California hires ex-Attorney General Holder to fight Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the California Legislature said Wednesday they have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to advise them on a legal strategy as they gird for a fight against President-elect Donald Trump. The precise role of the high-profile lawyer remained unclear, but his politically connected firm will be paid […]

California’s Kamala Harris sworn in to succeed Sen. Barbara Boxer

(AP) – Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Indian-American senator Tuesday. She is also the first Black woman to represent California in the U.S. Senate. “It is a great honor to serve the people of California in the Senate, and I look forward to the work ahead.” Harris said. […]

US Rep. Becerra nominated for California attorney general

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday nominated Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general, beginning what is likely to be a smooth confirmation for the longtime Democratic congressman who has taken a combative stance against President-elect Donald Trump. The state Legislature will have 90 days to confirm Becerra, who was nominated […]

Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will […]

Raiders in search of QB, Broncos in search of a coach

DENVER (AP) — The Broncos are in search of a coach. The Raiders are looking for a quarterback. Neither of these AFC West rivals came out of Sunday in as good of shape as they went in. After a 24-6 victory, Denver coach Gary Kubiak told his players he was stepping away. During that loss, […]