Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Attorney general leads criminal probe of Wells Fargo bank

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general is conducting a criminal investigation into whether employees at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo bank stole customers’ identities in the sales practices scandal that rocked the bank and cost its CEO his job, documents released Wednesday show. A search warrant and supporting affidavit released by the state Department of […]

Donors pour record $458 million into California initiatives

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Political donors have spent a record $458 million on 17 statewide November ballot initiatives in California, beating the state’s own record for the most spent on propositions appearing on state ballots in a single year, campaign reports filed Thursday show. The fundraising has soared at least $20 million past California’s previous […]

50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party’s founding

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group’s short life, it launched an ambitious […]

Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Democrats try to taint California opponents with Trump links

Donald Trump is playing a starring role in at least five of the most hotly contested races for the California Assembly and Senate.

After Kaepernick’s protest, singers question anthem

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has sung the national anthem in the past. Don’t ask him to sing it in the near future. Hamilton’s frustration with “The Star-Spangled Banner” is shared by some other Black Americans, who feel like the tune sung before major U.S. events is not the best representation […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]

Repeal or reform? Death penalty voter decisions for 3 states

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s dysfunctional death penalty faces a fate in November that seems fitting: voters can put it out of its misery, or fix it so it does what it promises. The state is among three where voters will make decisions on capital punishment. California’s ballot initiatives — one would repeal capital punishment, […]

Lawyer says California police acted reasonably in killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An attorney representing two Sacramento, California, police officers said Tuesday that they faced a “terrifying situation” with a mentally disturbed man on drugs and acted reasonably when they made a split-second decision to shoot the knife-wielding man in July. Legal experts, meanwhile, said a dashboard camera recording of the two officers […]