California looks for ways around federal tax changes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California lawmakers are exploring ways to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on the state’s taxpayers. Federal law has long allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill, but the tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump caps that […]

Black student who helped desegregate university dies at 80

RALEIGH, N.C. – LeRoy Frasier, who along with his brother and another high school student was among the first African-American undergraduate students to successfully challenge racial segregation at North Carolina’s flagship public university, has died at the age of 80. Family members said Tuesday that Frasier, a long-time English teacher, suffered heart failure and died […]

Kings hold off Nets 104-99 to complete back-to-back sweep

NEW YORK (AP) — For a guy who doesn’t jump very high, Zach Randolph sure has climbed up the rebounding list. Randolph became the 20th player in NBA history with 18,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, helping the Sacramento Kings to a 104-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. At 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, […]

Sacramento gang crackdown brings 29 arrests, 211 seized guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento officials said Wednesday that they have made 29 arrests and seized 211 firearms as part of a crackdown on gang violence this month. The sweep was organized by city, county and federal law enforcement agencies after a shooting in August at a neighborhood park on the city’s south side. Investigators […]

Omarosa’s departure highlights lack of White House diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure, the White House has lost arguably its most prominent and visible African-American senior staffer, serving as a reminder of the lack of diversity at the upper echelons of the Trump administration. Manigault Newman was one of just a handful of African-Americans to hold a senior position under […]

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a […]

Famed ‘Concussion’ pathologist alleges autopsy interference

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie “Concussion” about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine. Dr. Bennet Omalu accused […]

Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation’s workplaces. The 88-year-old civil rights leader and longest-serving member of the House announced what he referred to […]

Lawyers sue Calif. because too many children can’t read

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed […]

Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement’s response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last summer failed on multiple fronts, leading to “deep distrust of government” in the Charlottesville community, an independent review released Friday found. Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy’s monthslong investigation of the Charlottesville rally found that the city failed by not […]