Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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HOUSTON (AP) – The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s […]

AIDS number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa

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NAIROBI (AP) – AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to […]

California’s Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them. Medi-Cal, the $95 billion joint federal-state […]

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions. Parents could no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal […]

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

TV networks make unequal progress toward on-screen diversity

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HOLLYWOOD (AP) – Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s “Black-ish,” was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. “I saw ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and thought, ‘What part of New York is this?’” recalled Barris, who is […]

Lawmakers pursue right-to-die for terminally ill California patients after high-profile death

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are pursuing right-to-die legislation after the highly publicized death of a young woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life. The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication nearly a decade after similar legislation failed. Terminally ill patients can legally take their lives in […]

University of California ties coach bonuses to academics

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The academic performance of student athletes will be a factor in how coaches and athletic directors at University of California campuses are evaluated and compensated under a new policy approved by university President Janet Napolitano and made public Friday. The incentive-pay policy scheduled to be discussed by the university’s governing board […]

Former Pleasant Grove Star Arik Armstead to leave Oregon for the NFL

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EUGENE (AP) – Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The school’s website announced that Armstead filed paperwork to make in official Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior said in a statement that he’s ready to test himself at the next level. Armstead started all 13 games he appeared in […]