University wants to make room for more California students

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano is asking the system’s governing board for permission to enroll 5,000 more California residents next fall at the nine campuses that serve undergraduates. The request, made public Monday in background materials for an upcoming Board of Regents meeting, is good news for high school seniors […]

2 unions battle for $15 hourly minimum wage in California

(AP) – The state’s largest union said Tuesday that it has filed a second ballot initiative seeking to boost California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, setting up a ballot rivalry between two factions of the powerful Service Employees International Union. SEIU’s state council announced an initiative Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage to […]

Washington Nationals hire Dusty Baker as skipper; only Black manager in Major League Baseball

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, meaning Major League Baseball avoids what would have been its first start to a season since 1988 with zero Black skippers. “I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging […]

Supreme Court troubled by DA’s rejection of Black jurors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court signaled support Monday for a Black death row inmate in Georgia who claims prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman. Justice Stephen Breyer likened the chief prosecutor to his excuse-filled grandson. Justice Elena Kagan said the case seemed as clear a […]

Half of Black millennials know victim of police violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black […]

US Episcopal Church installs first Black leader

(AP) – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, installed Sunday as the first Black leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church, urged Episcopalians to evangelize by crossing divides of race, education and wealth. Curry used the example of his own mother being given Communion at a white Episcopal parish before desegregation, and how that act persuaded his father […]

Attorney general warns Californians of bad information on traffic amnesty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The attorney general’s office is warning Californians to beware of debt collectors giving misleading information about the state’s new traffic fine amnesty program. Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a consumer alert Wednesday in response to complaints about debt collectors that have contracted with counties to collect outstanding fines. Harris says some […]

San Francisco school delays student election over lack of diversity

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A student government election at a mostly Hispanic San Francisco middle school turned into a debate about the democratic process when the principal delayed the results because the winners did not reflect the school’s diverse student body. Everett Middle School Principal Lena Van Haren announced the winners on Monday, more than […]

Chris Rock to host ABC’s Oscar broadcast next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Rock is coming back to host the Oscars for a second time. The show’s producers say the prolific comedian-filmmaker will be at the helm for the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin called Rock “the MVP of […]

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career. Biden’s decision bolsters Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing as the front-runner by sparing her a […]