Obama to announce high-speed Internet help for homes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017. And on Wednesday, he’s going to Oklahoma to announce a new program — called ConnectHome — to help close the digital divide by bringing faster Internet to more people. Under the pilot program, the White House says […]

California clears hurdle for state-run retirement program

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don’t have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday. The president directed the U.S. Labor Department to make administrative changes by the end of the year that will […]

California’s invasive ‘contraband watch’ often yields little

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: “potty watches” where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course. Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover […]

Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer. “Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said. This much is clear — they’ll be interesting. The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to […]

California legislative panel approves minimum wage hike

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – A state legislative committee has approved a plan to raise California’s minimum wage again and tie future increases to inflation. The Assembly’s labor committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to advance the proposal by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco. Leno’s SB3 would raise California’s minimum wage to $11 in 2016 […]

Hate crimes, homicides declined in California in 2014

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Most crime rates declined across California in 2014, including hate crimes and homicides, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. Hate crimes offenses were down nearly 9 percent last year, the office said in one of several new reports. Crimes based upon the victims’ sexual orientation dropped more than 13 percent, to 187 […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]

Google apologizes after app tagged Black people ‘gorillas’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Google is apologizing after reports surfaced that an automatic image-recognition feature in its Photos application was identifying images of some Black people as “gorillas.” A New York man posted a picture of himself and a female friend on Twitter earlier this week, showing that the Google image software had tagged both […]

Black woman’s arrest on ‘lynching’ charge prompts move to amend 1933 law

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman was […]

Supreme Court extends gay marriage nationwide

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means […]