Chess’ 1st African-American grandmaster enters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) — Maurice Ashley was 14 when he saw a high school friend playing chess and challenged him to a match. He lost badly, but it sparked a love affair that started him playing nearly non-stop ever since. There were the countless hours competing against the hustlers in city parks, and the serious […]

Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed. The vulnerabilities […]

Critics aside, Perry reaches new heights with OWN, more hits

NEW YORK (AP) — When Tyler Perry began creating shows for the then-struggling OWN Network four years ago, he’d send the scripts he’d written to Oprah Winfrey for approval — and she’d wince. “I would say, ‘I think that’s too much! It’s over the top! Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!’” Winfrey […]

Gay scores 25 points, Kings rally to beat Nuggets 115-106

DENVER (AP) — The Sacramento Kings didn’t need another dominant effort from DeMarcus Cousins to beat the Denver Nuggets again. Rudy Gay had 25 points and nine rebounds, Seth Curry scored 17 points and the Kings rallied past Denver 115-106 on Saturday night to sweep the three-game season series. Darren Collison had 14 points and […]

California lawmakers OK $15/hour minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who […]

California’s $15/hour wage could help workers, cost jobs

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A political deal to raise California’s minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 an hour could help some workers cope with the state’s crushing cost of living but also deprive other low-wage earners of jobs altogether, economists said as Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders touted what would be a landmark agreement. California’s […]

Deal reached to take California minimum wage to $15 an hour

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, […]

Cauley-Stein scores 21 points, Kings beat Mavs 133-111

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Slumping Dallas is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. In the locker room, the lingering question is: Do the Mavericks care enough to do anything about it? Rookie Willie Cauley-Stein followed a breakout offensive performance with 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sacramento […]

Trump: Echoes of George Wallace?

ATLANTA (AP) — One presidential candidate pledged to “Stand up for America.” Two generations later, another promises to “Make America Great Again.” Their common denominator: convincing certain Americans that their version of the United States is under threat. Donald Trump, leader for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has never said he’s following the playbook of […]

Officials say Guantanamo transfers have killed Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans have been killed by prisoners released from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official told lawmakers Wednesday, triggering sharp criticism from Republicans opposed to shuttering the facility in the wake of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in Brussels and Paris. Paul Lewis, the Pentagon’s […]