Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

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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 […]

U.S. Congressman’s Statement Questions Science Cited to Support School Vaccine Bill (Video)

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – New information coming out of Washington, D.C., is confirming the worst fears of Californians who opposed the state’s new “School Vaccine Bill.” On the flip side, it is also arming them with the strongest argument yet against mandating vaccination for all school-aged children — with exemptions only for medical conditions — across […]

Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

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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

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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

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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 […]

2015 Summer Reading Challenge signs up 34,000 readers

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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Public Library today announced that meeting its goal of signing up 40,000 readers to take the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is well on its way with more than 34,000 registered challengers. It’s not too late to sign up! Challenge yourself, challenge your friends and encourage everyone to register for the “Read to […]

Authorities point to evidence of suicide in Texas jail death

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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 […]

Kamala Harris to review video targeting Planned Parenthood

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday that she plans to review two undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists aimed at discrediting Planned Parenthood’s procedures for providing fetal tissue to researchers, to see if any laws were broken. Harris announced the move in a letter to four Democratic members of Congress who […]

Bush calls on GOP to embrace Latinos, African-Americans

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GORHAM (AP) — Calling on his party to embrace diversity, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Thursday that Republicans will never win the presidency if they don’t campaign in “every nook and cranny” of the country — especially in Hispanic and African-American communities. “I’m running to draw people toward our cause rather than push them […]

Closing Education Gap would boost U.S. economy

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as White men, according to a new White House report. The report examined “opportunity gaps facing youth of color” and found stunning correlations between the educational and employment success of young men of color and […]