Prosecutor: No indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A grand jury decided on Monday that no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer. But prosecutor Darrell Jordan said the Waller County grand jury reached no decision on whether the […]

California State University receives record number of applications for 2016 term

LONG BEACH (AP) California State University received a record number of applications for the upcoming 2016 fall term, with more than 830,000 prospective students vying for a spot at the nation’s largest public university system. The total marked a nearly 5 percent increase over applications received for fall enrollment the previous year, according to university […]

Rondo, Gay lead Kings over Raptors 104-94

TORONTO (AP) — Despite some impressive numbers, Rajon Rondo deflected praise after a big win Sunday. Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists for his fourth consecutive double-double and 13th of the season and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 to snap a four-game road losing streak. The Kings point guard leads the […]

Legislators ask if fantasy betting is skill or chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Purveyors of daily fantasy sports gaming made their pitch for minimal regulations for the fast-growing industry before a panel of California lawmakers on Wednesday, arguing that the online sports matchups are a harmless outlet for fans and purely based on skill, not chance. “These are games of skill, skill that rewards […]

N.W.A. joins quartet of 1970s hit-makers in rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers — Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller — as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. N.W.A., led by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful […]

Officer’s mistrial in Gray’s death a letdown for both sides

BALTIMORE (AP) — As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when Gray died of a broken neck in the back of a police van. But instead […]

Idris Elba returns for another murder case as ‘Luther’

NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba has many reasons for why he keeps coming back to “Luther.” “It’s unfinished business, it’s fertile ground,” he explains. “The character continues to challenge me.” Detective Chief Inspector John Luther also challenges his fans, who are sure to greet him warmly for this, his fourth run, in the two-hour […]

Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House has condemned Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as “disqualifying” and “toxic,” President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his plan, or some version of it, into action. In his efforts to work around Congress, […]

Senate Democratic leader Reid: Scalia used ‘racist’ rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday blasted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for uttering what he called “racist ideas” from the bench of the nation’s highest court. Scalia on Wednesday suggested it’s possible that some Black students would benefit from being at a “slower-track school” instead of the University of Texas’ […]

Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears torn over the use of race in college admissions and may not be ready to make a decision without more information. During arguments Wednesday, several justices asked about the value of ordering more hearings in a case from Texas that was before them for the second time. Additional […]