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 […]

Former NBA Star’s Talent For Healing Off The Court

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SACRAMENTO – When it comes to chronic pain, sometimes the person who endures the discomfort will go through drastic measures to stop the agony by any means necessary. Jonathan Bender, the No. 5 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, experienced knee pain that literally ended his basketball career. He later was motivated to resolve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer. “Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said. This much is clear — they’ll be interesting. The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to […]

California legislative panel approves minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A state legislative committee has approved a plan to raise California’s minimum wage again and tie future increases to inflation. The Assembly’s labor committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco. Leno’s SB3 would raise California’s minimum wage to $11 in 2016 […]

Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]