Road woes return for Raiders in 22-20 loss at Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Carr was just OK on Sunday. Amari Cooper was shut out in the second half, and Latavius Murray made two big mistakes. A little road success had a bitter aftertaste for the Oakland Raiders. Charles Woodson’s interception set up Sebastian Janikowski’s go-ahead field goal with 2:05 left, but Oakland was unable […]

Black Lives Matter marathon protest plan divides supporters

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State and local officials prepared for a planned Black Lives Matter protest at the finish line of Minnesota’s largest marathon on Sunday, with St. Paul’s mayor saying the city will do whatever’s needed to ensure the race goes smoothly. The plan by the St. Paul chapter to demonstrate at the […]

California offering amnesty on traffic debt for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver’s licenses being suspended. The program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted as part of his annual budget goes into effect Thursday and runs through […]

Carson to NASCAR: Confederate flag OK on private property

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said NASCAR fans should continue flying the Confederate Flag, so long as it’s on private property, as he received the informal endorsement of racing legend Richard Petty. Petty’s support marks a significant step for Carson, the only African-American in the crowded 2016 Republican field, […]

Wheels of justice slow at overloaded federal courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorney Martha Gomez has been waiting more than three years to hear from a federal court whether a group of farm workers in California’s Central Valley can proceed with their lawsuit alleging wage theft. The case in California’s Eastern District could result in payouts for thousands of migrant workers, but each […]

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris confiscated his daughter’s phone for a teenage misstep, he was taken aback by one message string he read. “‘Hold on, why is this kid saying the N-word?’” Barris recalled asking his 16-year-old. “And she said, ‘All my friends say it.’” Barris realized that it’s “become for […]

Local ‘Walk For Literacy’ Champions Children’s Reading

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Save the date, tell a friend, gather a group, and show public support for children’s literacy in Sacramento by participating in the “Second Annual Walk4Literacy” event, Saturday Oct. 17, starting in McClatchy Park. The walk doesn’t take place until about six weeks, though now is the time to register for the fundraiser. […]

Viola Davis says her story doesn’t end with Emmy win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis made history on Sunday by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress, but said there is still work that needs to be done in getting more diverse stories on screen. She won for her role as the professor and defense attorney Annalise […]

Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is Muslim

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he’d be “looking at” a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil. Trump, who has a history of […]

Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America’s middle class and poorest aren’t seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty and income in the United States, said both the country’s median income […]