Obama Says Race Infects U.S. Criminal Justice System

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PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – Hours after announcing his administration had secured a multinational pact with Iran to limit their nuclear program, President Barack Obama told the NAACP national convention Tuesday that race has always played an outsized role in incarceration. “There is a long history of inequity in the justice system in America,” Obama said in Philadelphia. […]

African Americans well represented in Emmy Nominations

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Six months after the Oscars featured an all-white cast of acting nominees, television’s Emmy Awards is poised to show its big-screen Hollywood sibling how diversity is achieved. The likely contenders for Thursday’s Emmy nominations include hit series “Empire” and “Black-ish” and their wealth of critically acclaimed Black actors, and “Jane the […]

Video reveals Planned Parenthood’s controversial fetal-parts policy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses. The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms. The video was […]

Video released shows police killing unarmed man in LA suburb

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The police dashboard cameras that captured officers shooting Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino only depict part of the tragedy of his death in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago. Video released by a federal judge Tuesday after news media organizations argued the public had a right to see the footage showed Diaz-Zeferino disobeying […]

Congress Struggles to Replace No Child Left Behind

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Congress works toward a comprehensive education policy that will replace the Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind, two different bills from the House and Senate are up for consideration. No Child Left Behind expired in 2007 – the law was the last time the original Elementary and Secondary Education Act […]

California clears hurdle for state-run retirement program

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don’t have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday. The president directed the U.S. Labor Department to make administrative changes by the end of the year that will […]

Janet Jackson’s UNBREAKABLE Tour Comes to Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO  – Janet Jackson’s tour is not only UNBREAKABLE, it is now unstoppable thanks to her fans across North America. The recent BET Awards’ Ultimate Icon honoree, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist announced a 2nd North American leg to her UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR with a stop in Sacramento on January 15, 2016. Janet […]

California’s invasive ‘contraband watch’ often yields little

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: “potty watches” where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course. Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover […]

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? […]

Two Senators Move to Ban Confederate Names, Symbols in California

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The nationwide rally against Confederate symbols has hit the Golden State. Sens. Steve Glazer (D-Contra Costa) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) last week announced a bill that would prohibit all public schools, buildings, parks, roadways, and other state-owned property from using names associated with the Confederate States of America, a  group of seven […]