Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected. Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s captain, said he’s […]

Kings Squander 19-Point Lead, Cousins Scores 41 In Return To Sacramento

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO (AP) – DeMarcus Cousins could exhale at last. The nerves were long gone, his highly anticipated return to Sacramento in the books — and what a beauty it was. Cousins immediately scored after winning the opening tip and never stopped on the way to 41 points and 23 rebounds, and the emotional big […]

California Senate hires outside firms to review harassment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate announced Monday that two outside firms will investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment, including unwanted groping and sexual advances, and will review the chamber’s policies for responding to such misconduct. The move comes as female lobbyists, lawmakers and legislative staffers share stories of harassment […]

NFL May Change Policy That Players ‘Should’ Stand for Anthem

(AP) – NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism from President Donald Trump. Commissioner Roger Goodell told club executives Tuesday in a […]

California regulators reject new lethal injection method

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators for the second time Monday rejected a proposed new method of carrying out the death penalty by lethal injection, another move that slows the process for California to resume executing death row inmates. A voter-backed initiative aimed at speeding up executions, though, may render the regulators’ decision moot. The […]

Governor signs legislation making California a ‘sanctuary state’

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sanctuary state legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump. Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration […]

OJ Simpson freed; parole official says he’ll live in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials at a remote Nevada prison where O.J. Simpson was set free after nine years for armed robbery arranged the former football and Hollywood star’s dead-of-night departure to avoid public scrutiny. It worked. Simpson signed release paperwork and disappeared into the darkness early Sunday, minutes into the first day he was […]

59 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing 59 people and wounding more than 500 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. […]

California seeks more sway by moving up presidential primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Super Tuesday, the jam-packed day of presidential primary voting every four years, may get supercharged in 2020 with California joining the pack, bringing along its prize of the most delegates. Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of approval Wednesday to a measure jumping California’s primary up to the beginning of March, […]

California leaders pledge $30M for young undocumented immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers announced Tuesday that they plan to spend $30 million helping young immigrants with legal services and college financial aid. The announcement comes in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that gives temporary protection from deportation to people brought to the […]