Half of Blacks say police have treated them unfairly

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Blacks in the United States — more than 3 out of 5 — say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason why. This information, from a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public […]

Netflix to give workers with babies a year of paid leave

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is giving new parents on its payroll up to a year of paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent. The employee benefit announced Tuesday on Netflix’s blog is generous even by the high standards of Silicon […]

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

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SACRAMENTO — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf […]

California minimum wage initiative cleared for signatures

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A union-backed effort to raise California’s minimum wage has been approved to start collecting signatures for a statewide ballot initiative. The proposal would boost California’s minimum wage by $1 an hour annually until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021. California’s current $9-an-hour wage is set to increase to $10 next year. […]

Comcast speeding up its discounted Internet service

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Comcast is speeding up and expanding a discounted Internet service that was created to get more low-income people online. Comcast created the program four years ago as a condition of government approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The service costs $10 a month, a quarter of Comcast’s promotional price for a slightly […]

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 […]

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 […]

Texas county where inmate died has history of racial tension

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HEMPSTEAD (AP) — In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition. The 78-year-old is selling watermelons by the roadside just outside Hempstead, where the perfect combination […]

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 […]