AIDS number 1 killer of adolescents in Africa

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NAIROBI (AP) – AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, global health agencies said Tuesday. About 120,000 people aged between 10-19 years died of AIDs-related illnesses in 2013, eight international organizations said while launching a global campaign in Kenya to […]

California’s Medi-Cal program for poor grows to 12 million

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Since California embraced the federal health care overhaul, the state’s Medicaid program for the poor has added more than 2.7 million people, a surprisingly high number that has left the state to grapple with making sure there are enough doctors to care for all of them. Medi-Cal, the $95 billion joint federal-state […]

California lawmakers aim to limit vaccine exemptions

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers proposed legislation Wednesday that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child’s health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions. Parents could no longer cite personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools under a proposal […]

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products. A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

University of California ties coach bonuses to academics

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The academic performance of student athletes will be a factor in how coaches and athletic directors at University of California campuses are evaluated and compensated under a new policy approved by university President Janet Napolitano and made public Friday. The incentive-pay policy scheduled to be discussed by the university’s governing board […]

Analyst: California governor underestimates revenues by $2B

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday. That means more money for schools and more reason […]

California AG Kamala Harris to Run for US Senate

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LOS ANGELES  (AP) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the first woman and the first minority to hold that office, will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, an adviser with knowledge of her plans said Monday. With her formal announcement Tuesday, Harris, 50, would become the first California Democrat to […]

‘Driving While Black’ Apps Give Tips for Police Stops

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PORTLAND (AP) — A “Driving While Black” smartphone application is set for release this month, but its developers say motorists should be careful when they use it. “Do not reach for your phone when you are talking to police,” stressed attorney Melvin Oden-Orr, who created the app with another Portland lawyer and a software developer. […]

223 Arrested in Third Night of California Protests

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BERKELEY (AP) — The California Highway Patrol will deploy 80 percent of its available staff to monitor a protest planned for Tuesday night in Berkeley, an official said. Ernie Sanchez, assistant chief of the CHP’s Golden Gate Division, said the agency will also ask the Alameda County district attorney’s office to increase bails and charges, […]