Jackie Robinson’s widow says baseball lags on diversity

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) —Jackie Robinson’s widow said Major League Baseball has yet to fully honor her husband’s legacy.  “There is a lot more that needs to be done and that can be done in terms of the hiring, the promotion” of minorities in the sport, Rachel Robinson said Monday. She took part in a Q&A […]

Martin Luther King had complicated legacy on gun violence

(AP) – Martin Luther King Jr. was surrounded by guns, even though he didn’t like them. At times, armed foot soldiers protected the Baptist preacher and his family. As he led protests across the rural South, King often stood in proximity of guns — wielded by local police, state troopers or hostile people in the […]

Oakland gets temporary reprieve in effort to keep Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland was given another shot to keep the Raiders. The NFL approved a compromise measure Tuesday that allows the St. Louis Rams to move back to the Los Angeles area and gives the San Diego Chargers the option to join them in Inglewood. The Raiders had hoped to move to Carson […]

Sacramento State Grad Ryan Coogler to direct Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Sacramento State graduate Ryan Coogler is set to direct Marvel and Disney’s “Black Panther” movie, the studio announced on Monday. There was much speculation surrounding who would take on the directing job. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay passed on the film earlier this year. Coogler was another favorite choice among fans. The 29-year-old […]

High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to deal a major blow to the power and clout of organized labor as it considers the free speech rights of government workers who say they shouldn’t be forced to pay fees to public-sector unions. The high court’s conservative justices seemed inclined during 80 minutes […]

Calif. Budget Plan Boosts Spending but Democrats Seek More

SACRAMENTO (AP) – On its face, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $122.6 billion California budget plan would seem to please Democratic interests by pumping billions of new dollars into public schools, health care for the poor and public infrastructure, even as it bolsters the state’s rainy day fund. Brown touted his income tax credit for the […]

Trooper in Sandra Bland traffic stop indicted, fired

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a contentious traffic stop last summer was fired Wednesday after being charged with perjury for allegedly lying about his confrontation with the Black woman who died three days later in jail. Trooper Brian Encinia claimed in an affidavit that Bland was “combative […]

Raiders apply to move to Los Angeles area

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders have officially filed an application to relocate the franchise to the Los Angeles area. The Raiders filed the papers Monday night to go back to Los Angeles for the second time. The team left Oakland following the 1981 season before returning from Los Angeles in 1995. Owner Mark […]

Carson staffers quit, question his readiness for White House

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several top aides to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson resigned on Thursday, citing frustration with the influence of the retired neurosurgeon’s business manager and questioning his readiness for the White House. Barry Bennett and Doug Watts, both seasoned political operatives, stepped down with less than five weeks before voters in […]

Somali al-Qaida affiliate uses Donald Trump clip to recruit American Muslims

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida’s East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group presents the U.S. as a country of […]