California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

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

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

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 […]

Warriors acquire Jason Thompson from 76ers for Wallace

OAKLAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have acquired forward/center Jason Thompson from the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Gerald Wallace, the player they had just received from Boston in the David Lee deal. NBA champion Golden State announced the trade Friday, a deal that also gives Philadelphia cash and draft considerations. Warriors general manager Bob […]

Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses […]

Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of Senator Richard Pan

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Opponents of California’s new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation’s author. The California secretary of state says advocates can begin collecting signatures in Sacramento and Yolo counties for the recall of state Sen. Richard Pan. The Sacramento Democrat and pediatrician led the drive this year […]

Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig

SANTA MONICA (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” heir. Noah riffed at length Tuesday night about black fear of police violence. He called out pundits who make snap judgments linking Muslims and terrorism. And the native of […]

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

HEMPSTEAD (AP) — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition. The 78-year-old is selling watermelons by the roadside just outside Hempstead, where the perfect combination […]

High costs plague some state-run health insurance markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states. Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million […]

Authorities point to evidence of suicide in Texas jail death

HEMPSTEAD (AP) — While Sandra Bland’s family maintains that the woman found dead in a Texas jail cell would not have taken her own life, authorities are pointing to mounting evidence that they say shows she hanged herself. An autopsy showed that marks around Bland’s neck were consistent with suicide by hanging, and her body […]