Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer. “Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said. This much is clear — they’ll be interesting. The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to […]

Kings, 76ers complete multiplayer trade

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The multiplayer trade agreed to last week between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers is complete. The teams announced the deal Friday night. Sacramento sent Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry and Jason Thompson to the 76ers for the draft rights to international players Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic, and future draft considerations. The […]

California legislative panel approves minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A state legislative committee has approved a plan to raise California’s minimum wage again and tie future increases to inflation. The Assembly’s labor committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco. Leno’s SB3 would raise California’s minimum wage to $11 in 2016 […]

A win, then a hug: Serena Williams tops Venus at Wimbledon

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LONDON (AP) — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing to her sibling — who would be? […]

Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

Gov. Brown Approves Stripping ‘Lynching’ from California Code

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strips the word “lynching” from California law. The Democratic governor announced signing SB629 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, on Thursday. Mitchell took up the issue after a black activist was charged with felony lynching in Sacramento earlier this year. It applies to […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]

Google apologizes after app tagged Black people ‘gorillas’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some Black people as “gorillas.” A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both […]

Black woman’s arrest on ‘lynching’ charge prompts move to amend 1933 law

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was […]

California’s new school vaccine law now one of the strictest in nation

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly […]