California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state’s minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving […]

California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. In the latest incarnation of vocational education programs that once prepared young people for skilled trades, the state […]

David Oyelowo creates a tortured soul in HBO’s ‘Nightingale’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO’s “Nightingale” is a small film with an indelibly big performance by David Oyelowo, who plays an emotionally damaged man losing himself further after a spasm of off-camera violence. The demands of the one-character drama gave him pause, the British actor said. But he doesn’t shy away from a challenge, as […]

‘King of the Blues’ blues legend B.B. King dead at age 89

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully […]

Brown to propose $380 million tax credit for working poor

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown will propose offering a $380 million tax credit for the working poor as part of his revised budget Thursday. Information provided by the Brown administration says the tax credit would help as many as 2 million people who earn up to $13,870 a year for a family of four. […]

Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week. But with a growing $3 billion surplus, Democrats who control the Legislature will jockey […]

Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon, running for GOP presidential nomination

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and […]

Silicon Valley giants deploy staff to historically Black colleges

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until 2 a.m., and had an additional title: Google In Residence. “It was an awesome class,” […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $10,000 Fine for Water Waste in Drought

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $10,000 fines for residents and businesses wasting water in the drought despite his order to cut water use. Brown said Tuesday he’s supporting legislation to ramp up enforcement of water restrictions. The move gives teeth to his order for communities statewide to slash water use by 25 percent. […]

BET Enters The Boxing Arena With Roc Nation Sports Alliance

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NEW YORK (AP) — BET is storming out of its corner with its first-ever rounds of professional boxing. The network, which has traditionally programmed entertainment, music, news and public affairs for the African-American audience, , told The Associated Press it has partnered with Roc Nation Sports to air up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of […]