Obama says he’s prepared to fight GOP over education

President Barack Obama visits with students and counselors from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama met with the students in April 2013 to discuss youth violence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., listen as President Barack Obama talks with them about the Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pointing to increased high school graduation rates, President Barack Obama said Monday he’s prepared to fight with Republicans for school funding and his education priorities rather than risk going backward. The president said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He’s […]

Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

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LONG BEACH (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, […]

California GOP recognizes gay faction of party

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party’s organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance. The Los Angeles Times reported (http://tinyurl.com/kwxom7d ) Sunday that the 38-year-old Log Cabin Republican group received overwhelming support to receive a charter at the state party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. The chairman […]

Earl Lloyd, first Black player in National Basketball Association, dies at 86

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NATIONWIDE (AP) – Earl Lloyd, the first Black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow Black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first […]

Plastic bag ban suspended after group gets enough signatures for ballot measure

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 […]

California Offers April 30 Health Insurance Sign-up Extension for Uninsured

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – California will offer a special extension to buy health insurance through the state exchange for people who say they weren’t aware they would face a tax penalty for being uninsured. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee announced the extension until April 30. He said Friday that as many as 600,000 residents may […]

Half-Million of Wal-Mart’s US Workers to Get Pay Raises

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BENTONVILLE, AK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced on Thursday that it’s giving a raise to about half-million U.S. workers as part of a $1 billion investment that includes changes that Wal-Mart says are aimed at […]

Condoleezza Rice Tops California Voters’ US Senate Wish List

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California’s U.S. Senate race next year is wide open. That’s the finding of an independent Field Poll released Wednesday that says voters are open to considering a wide range of possible candidates for the seat being vacated by Democrat Barbara Boxer when her term ends. The name that landed at the top of the list […]

Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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HOUSTON (AP) – The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s […]

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 […]