Governor Brown signs 2 bills tied to police misconduct

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills relating to police misconduct in California as debates about the use of excessive force by officers continue across the country. The bills make clear that it’s legal to record or photograph police in public areas and prohibit using secret grand juries to try officers in […]

Sanders vows anti-racism fight in LA campaign event

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed that he would fight harder than any other presidential candidate to end institutional racism in front of a packed Los Angeles arena, two days after Black Lives Matter protesters derailed one of his rallies. The wildly enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive campaign stop on Monday night […]

Sacramento residents drop Kings arena lawsuit against city

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Three Sacramento residents who sued the city alleging Sacramento gave the Kings an illegal “secret subsidy” have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, enabling the city to secure financing for the downtown project. The plaintiffs gave up their-two year legal crusade Wednesday, two weeks after a Sacramento Superior Court judge rejected their claims, […]

Federal court says Texas voter ID violates Voting Rights Act

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AUSTIN (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law has a “discriminatory” effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. Justice Department to fight a wave of new ballot-box restrictions passed in conservative statehouses. The […]

Half of Blacks say police have treated them unfairly

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason why. This information, from a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent. The employee benefit announced Tuesday on Netflix’s blog is generous even by the high standards of Silicon […]

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

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SACRAMENTO — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf […]

California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A union-backed effort to raise California’s minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California’s minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California’s current $9-an-hour wage is set to increase to $10 next year. […]

Comcast speeding up its discounted Internet service

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Comcast is speeding up and expanding a discounted Internet service that was created to get more low-income people online. Comcast created the program four years ago as a condition of government approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The service costs $10 a month, a quarter of Comcast’s promotional price for a slightly […]

Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public. The result: Twenty-four states have passed […]