Family questions circumstances of woman’s Texas jail death

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DALLAS (AP) — Family and friends sought more details Thursday about the death of a black woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail after her arrest for allegedly kicking an officer following a traffic stop, saying the 28-year-old gave no indication she was in such an emotional state that she would kill […]

Poll: Minorities, young Americans still backing Obama

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him and his policies. Hillary Rodham […]

African Americans well represented in Emmy Nominations

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Six months after the Oscars featured an all-white cast of acting nominees, television’s Emmy Awards is poised to show its big-screen Hollywood sibling how diversity is achieved. The likely contenders for Thursday’s Emmy nominations include hit series “Empire” and “Black-ish” and their wealth of critically acclaimed Black actors, and “Jane the […]

Kings void Luc Mbah a Moute’s contract after failed physical

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Thursday after he failed a team physical. The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second […]

Poll: Clinton’s standing falls among Democrats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for […]

Video reveals Planned Parenthood’s controversial fetal-parts policy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses. The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms. The video was […]

Video released shows police killing unarmed man in LA suburb

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The police dashboard cameras that captured officers shooting Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino only depict part of the tragedy of his death in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago. Video released by a federal judge Tuesday after news media organizations argued the public had a right to see the footage showed Diaz-Zeferino disobeying […]

California begins to regain control of prison health care

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements. A court-appointed receiver returned medical care at Folsom State Prison to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the first of many steps toward ending a […]

Sacramento Kings sign Luc Mbah a Moute, Omri Casspi

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – The Sacramento Kings signed forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Omri Casspi on Tuesday as they continued a busy week of finalizing free agent contracts. Casspi and the Kings reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal last week. Terms of Mbah a Moute’s contract were not immediately known. Casspi had […]

Armed men ransack Chris Brown’s home, put relative in closet

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say three armed men in masks forced their way into the Los Angeles home of Chris Brown, locked a female relative of the singer in a closet and then ransacked the place. Officer Liliana Preciado says Brown was not at his home in the Tarzana area at the time of […]