Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers in California’s Central Valley can proceed with their lawsuit alleging wage theft. The case in California’s Eastern District could result in payouts for thousands of migrant workers, but each […]

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris confiscated his daughter’s phone for a teenage misstep, he was taken aback by one message string he read. “‘Hold on, why is this kid saying the N-word?’” Barris recalled asking his 16-year-old. “And she said, ‘All my friends say it.’” Barris realized that it’s “become for […]

Local ‘Walk For Literacy’ Champions Children’s Reading

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Save the date, tell a friend, gather a group, and show public support for children’s literacy in Sacramento by participating in the “Second Annual Walk4Literacy” event, Saturday Oct. 17, starting in McClatchy Park. The walk doesn’t take place until about six weeks, though now is the time to register for the fundraiser. […]

Viola Davis says her story doesn’t end with Emmy win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis made history on Sunday by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, but said there is still work that needs to be done in getting more diverse stories on screen. She won for her role as the professor and defense attorney Annalise […]

Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is Muslim

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he’d be “looking at” a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil. Trump, who has a history of […]

Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America’s middle class and poorest aren’t seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty and income in the United States, said both the country’s median income […]

Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, […]

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute. The small district’s human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. Staff members made out-of-state recruiting trips, […]

Carlos Hyde runs for two touchdowns, 49ers top Vikings 20-3

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Alex Boone is taking at least a little credit for Carlos Hyde’s breakout game on the NFL’s big stage. “Somebody owes me a steak. Seriously,” cracked Boone, the left guard who helped clear the way. With franchise rushing leader Frank Gore long gone to the Colts, Hyde quickly showed the San […]

Raiders get good news on Carr’s hand injury

ALAMEDA (AP) — After a season opener when just about everything went wrong, the Oakland Raiders finally got a piece of positive news. Quarterback Derek Carr’s injured throwing hand that knocked him out of the game Sunday is not as serious as originally feared, and the Raiders are hopeful Carr will be able to play […]