Kaepernick stands behind decision not to vote

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is standing behind his decision not to vote in the presidential election or even register to take part in the democratic process, saying he can effect change in other ways besides through a ballot. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has knelt through the national anthem all season to […]

PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies of cancer

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff and a veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates, died Monday of cancer, the network said. She was 61. A former reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Ifill switched to television in the 1990s and covered politics […]

Stalemate on debates shadows California US Senate contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candidate debates are usually routine events on the political calendar. But not in California’s U.S. Senate contest. The two Democrats seeking the seat — state Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez — have been unable to agree how many there should be, or when and where to hold […]

Prominent Black journalist, publisher George Curry has died

WASHINGTON (AP) — George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, has died. He was 69. Curry, of Laurel, Maryland, died suddenly on Saturday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after he was taken to the emergency room […]

Beyond ‘Obamacare’: State initiatives refocus health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving beyond “Obamacare,” political activists are looking to state ballot questions to refocus the nation’s long-running debate over government’s role in health care. This fall, California voters will decide whether to lower some prescription drug prices, while Coloradans will vote on a state version of a “single-payer” government-run health system, similar to […]

Parks promised to poor neighborhoods unbuilt years later

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after California voters approved spending $400 million to build parks in some of the state’s poorest neighborhoods, an Associated Press review found fewer than half the 126 projects have been built. Now Democratic lawmakers want to add another $1 billion to the program. State officials say the long […]

Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fourteen months after the death of a black man whose neck was broken in a police van prompted massive protests, spawned rioting and toppled the careers of Baltimore’s police commissioner and a Democratic mayor poised for re-election, authorities abandoned efforts to punish the officers involved. The city’s top prosecutor was righteous in […]

Local Black Men Seek Transparency From City Hall

SACRAMENTO – Whether its Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Minnesota or here in the capital city, every day seems to bring news of another Black man being shot and killed by law enforcement officers. Filled with grief and anger over what’s going on in the world and closer to home, a group of concerned local Black […]

Another Officer acquitted in Freddie Gray death case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors failed to win in the case. Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of six officers […]

Fear Factor: Americans scared of their presidential options

WASHINGTON (AP) — The vast majority of Americans say they are afraid of at least one of the two major candidates — Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump — winning the White House, a remarkable finding that reflects an unsettled nation unhappy with its choice. Eighty-one percent of Americans say they would feel afraid following the […]