California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Report: California Is Top Crime Target in United States

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SACRAMENTO – California is the top target in the U.S. for international criminal enterprises that operate from safe havens in Eastern Europe, Africa and China, according to a report released Thursday. Along with trafficking in drugs, guns and people, criminals are also turning to cybercrime to target wealthy, innovative businesses and financial institutions in the […]

Obama Group Airing TV Ad on Minimum Wage Hike

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WASHINGTON – A group supporting President Barack Obama’s agenda is airing a new television ad bolstering his call for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Organizing for Action was formed from the remnants of Obama’s re-election campaign. The group operates as a nonprofit and raised more than $26 million last year. The ad shows […]

White House Warns Obama Could Go Around Congress

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will use his annual address to demand expanded economic opportunity. Absent legislative action, the White […]

Poll: People See Obama as Nice Guy, So-So Prez

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WASHINGTON – Nice guy, so-so president. Taking stock of President Barack Obama at the five-year mark in his term, less than a third of Americans consider him to be an above-average chief executive. Nearly twice as many find him likable. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds the president’s personal image to be on the rebound […]

State of The Union: High Volume, Low Yield

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WASHINGTON – Here’s a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He’ll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved. That’s just the reality of a politically divided government. Take a look at what happened after last year’s speech. Congress […]

Gallup Poll Finds Modest Drop in Uninsured Rate

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WASHINGTON – The nation’s uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama’s health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. The […]

Subway Joins First Lady’s Healthy Eating Effort

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WASHINGTON – Michelle Obama is getting a new ally in her campaign to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the […]

According to Survey More Than 1 in 10 US Kids Has ADHD

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ATLANTA – The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD […]

Senate Democrats Vote to End Filibuster

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WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final votes. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in […]