Deal reached to take California minimum wage to $15 an hour

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, […]

Cauley-Stein scores 21 points, Kings beat Mavs 133-111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping Dallas is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. In the locker room, the lingering question is: Do the Mavericks care enough to do anything about it? Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein followed a breakout offensive performance with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento […]

Trump: Echoes of George Wallace?

ATLANTA (AP) — One presidential candidate pledged to “Stand up for America.” Two generations later, another promises to “Make America Great Again.” Their common denominator: convincing certain Americans that their version of the United States is under threat. Donald Trump, leader for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has never said he’s following the playbook of […]

Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers Wednesday, triggering sharp criticism from Republicans opposed to shuttering the facility in the wake of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in Brussels and Paris. Paul Lewis, the Pentagon’s […]

Once forgotten, a California primary could sway 2016 contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Imagine Ted Cruz walking precincts in Haight-Ashbury, the hippie homeland in Nancy Pelosi’s district. Or Donald Trump stumping in Compton, the West Coast capital of hip-hop. In California, expect the unexpected. A possibly decisive presidential primary June 7 is going to take Republican candidates where they haven’t been before, since they […]

For Black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride, inspiration

HAVANA (AP) — Yolanda Mauri’s ancestors almost certainly came to Cuba in chains, laboring as slaves on an island of French coffee plantations and fields of Spanish sugarcane. Her parents became their family’s first professionals, graduating with engineering degrees after Cuba’s 1959 revolution ended segregation. Mauri, 26, graduated from an elite technical university with a […]

Ex-LA mayor appears poised to enter 2018 governor’s race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The presidential contest is dominating national headlines, but the toughest campaign in California might be two years away. The race to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 is emerging as a potentially historic and crowded competition that could bring the state its first Asian governor, the first Hispanic in modern times […]

Rihanna to be honored at BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock!’ event

NEW YORK (AP) — Rihanna will be honored at BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” awards. The singer will receive the Rock Star Award at the annual event honoring black women, BET announced Monday. “Black Girls Rock!” will tape April 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. The show will air April […]

Carson buries ‘the hatchet,’ endorses Trump for president

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have “buried the hatchet” after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner’s White House bid. At a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday, Carson, who left the race earlier this month, described “two […]

Bill would make California 2nd state with smoking age of 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday revived a stalled effort to make the nation’s most populous state one of two to raise the smoking age to 21. The state Assembly passed a bill raising the smoking age from 18, joining Hawaii and dozens of cities around the country that have already moved to […]